By Ryan McNeill
Yesterday afternoon I was sent an email from Jeff about Lincoln University scoring 201 points in a game. Curiosity got the best of me and after searching around on the net I came across a game recap on CBS Sportsline. The Associated Press recap states, “Sami Wylie made an NCAA record 21 3-pointers and finished with 69 points to help Lincoln University set a Division III scoring record in a 201-78 victory over Ohio State-Marion on Saturday. Lincoln’s total topped the Division III mark set in January 2005 by the University of Redlands, which scored 172 points against La Sierra College. Wylie’s 21 3s beat Jeff Clement’s 19 3-pointers for Division III Grinnell against Illinois College on Feb. 18, 1998. Division II Troy has the all-time NCAA record with 258 points against DeVry, Ga., on Jan. 12, 1992. The margin of victory for Lincoln also was an NCAA record.”
First off, what was the head coach of Lincoln thinking by running up the score so much? Any coach that’s been in the game long enough knows when it’s time to let the bench players get some burn and call it a night.
Second, why did head coach Garfield Yuille allow his star player Sam Wylie to jack up a record 21 3-pointers in a game? How is that showing sportsmanship? If this was a shoot-out and both teams were closing in on 200 points it would be different but this was a game where Lincoln picked up the win early on and there’s no reason to leave in Wylie.
Something that only served to agitate me further is when I read on Fox Sports that, “Ohio State-Marion is a non-NCAA school that competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.” To me this is like reading about Goliath beating up on David – what’s the point in beating down a weaker opponent?
Some fans will point to Epiphany Prince scoring 113 points in a high school game and wonder how that’s any different. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with Prince scoring 81 points because as a high school students it’s the responsiblity of her coach to take her out (no high school kid will ever ease up during a game) and a feat like this could lead a possible scholarship. What does Lincoln’s basketball program gain from this feat? In my mind it only tarnishes the rep of their head coach and the school.
What does everyone else think about this?