Asked by a teammate how many points he had scored during North Sand Mountain’s 104-99 victory over Sylvania, Russ Marr guessed the total to be around 40.
“Our scorebook keeper said ‘62’ and I was like ‘wow,’” Marr said. “It was a shock. I never thought that would happen.”
Marr’s total is a new NSM single-game school scoring record, breaking the old mark of 52 set by Jamie Pruett in the early 1990s. Pruett tweeted his congratulations to Marr, saying “They say records are meant to be broken!! Congrats (Marr)!! Great kid and player.”
Marr called it amazing to eclipse a record held by Pruett.
“That’s a big accomplishment,” he said.
Marr made 15 two-point shots, six three-pointers and was 14-of-19 from the foul line against the Rams. He scored 43 points in the second half, including 24 in the fourth quarter.
“In the first half, I was missing a good bit,” said Marr, who also had eight rebounds and six assists. “The second half, I came out kind of hot and it just kept going from there.”
Sylvania led 23-16 after one quarter and 46-43 at halftime, but Marr’s 19-point third quarter helped the Bison move in front 73-67 after three quarters.
“He took over the ballgame,” said NSM head coach Cole Hicks. “That is something that he has been capable of doing since his ninth-grade year. It says a lot about his teammates getting him open, setting screens for him and just being excited for him.”