By Meagan Ramsay
Before this year, only 35 men’s basketball players had scored over 1,000 points in their four years at Olivet. Two more were added to the exclusive club this year.
It was never a goal for senior guard Cory Hainlen or junior point guard Antonio Marshall to score 1,000 points during their time on Olivet’s basketball team. It was viewed more as an opportunity that maybe they would be lucky enough to get.
“It’s something that people would love to achieve, and I knew playing four years here that I would get a chance,” Marshall said. “I was looking forward to the opportunity.”
Hainlen had never even thought about achieving it until he discovered he was only eighteen points away. He reached 1,000 during the Tigers’ 81-76 victory over NCAA Division 1 Chicago State University.
“I was excited that I was able to reach that career accomplishment. I was even more excited to reach that milestone in a game against a Division 1 opponent,” he said. “I was pretty pumped about it.”
Marshall’s achievement is one he said could not have been done without being part of good teams over the last three years. As a point guard, it is a tribute to his team and coaches who found him opportunities to score.
But celebrating was not a priority for him, as he reached 1,000 points during the team’s loss to Georgetown College at the CCAC tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
“I was more worried about losing the game and losing the seniors than the achievement,” Marshall said of the game.
Both teammates believe it is quite an accomplishment for them to be part of the 1,000 point club.
“It’s an exclusive club of players. To be in the same group as some of Olivet greats is an honor,” Hainlen said.