Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wayland Baptist's J.J. Culver 2nd NAIA player with 100-point game

Wayland Baptist's J.J. Culver 2nd NAIA player with 100-point game

J.J. Culver, who players guard for the NAIA's Wayland Baptist, became the fourth collegiate player to score 100 points or more when he reached the century mark against Southwestern Adventist.

The stat line is wild.

Culver made 34 of 62 shots, 12 of 33 from a three-point range and was 20 of 27 in free throws to finish with even 100 points for the Pioneers. He also finished the game with nine rebounds and five steals.

Culver, a senior, is the older brother of Minnesota Timberwolves' rookie Jarrett Culver. The 6-foot-5 Wayland Baptist guard from Lubbock, Texas poured in the triple-digit wonder in a 124-60 rout over Southwestern Adventist, holding a similar sign to Wilt Chamberlain's mythical 100-point game, though inspired by Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant. Absolutely a dream come true.

"J.J. has awesome offensive talent to be able to put it in the basket that many times, and I thought our guys did a great job of getting him the ball in places where he could score", Harrelson said. I'm sure he never envisioned getting the Holy Grail scoring number of basketball in a single game though.

JJ Culver is the first college player to score at least 100 since Jack Taylor of Grinnell College, who scored an NCAA record of 138 points in a match in 2012 and that followed in 2013 with 109 points. He is now averaging 36.1 points per game.

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Culver had 98 with around a minute to go, beat his man on a backdoor cut, and was fouled in the process.

"We always script our first couple of plays, and J.J. scored on the first three or four", Wayland Baptist coach Ty Harrelson said, via ESPN.

Culver was a first-team NAIA All-American and the South Atlantic Conference player of the year as a junior after averaging 17.5 points per game. "The boys realized that he was good and kept going to him". It's the second most in NAIA history behind Clarence "Bevo" Francis who scored 113 points for Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1954.

Culver is now averaging 36.1 on the season. Culver could reach the school mark by averaging about 25 points per game the rest of the season.

"I've coached him really hard for four years, so I'm happy for him and proud of him. It couldn't happen to a nicer kid and a harder worker".

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