Shortly after winning his fourth career Player of the Week honor, Nic Reed (SO/New Albany, Ind.) went on to crack the all-time single-game scoring record for Olivet Nazarene University Men’s Basketball. Reed’s 51 points topped the 50-point record set by Jim Shoff back in the 1975-76 season, and tipped the scale of the game for the Tigers, giving them their third straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) win. In addition to his 74% shooting percentage, Reed also managed a team-high eight rebounds and two assists. The stellar performance came just after Reed netted his now former career-high of 35 points against Robert Morris University; a win in which he had his seventh double-double on the season.
Reed admitted he actually had no idea that he was approaching the record when on the court. “I honestly did not know that I was near 50 when I was playing. … (I) heard everyone go crazy after my last bucket, and I was super confused.”
Reed received praise from Head Coach Ralph Hodgefor his ability to build up teammates and his improvement over the past two seasons. “He has twenty more assists than turnovers. He has increased that number significantly from last year…he’s continuing things and looking for that scoring opportunity for the team,” Hodge said.
Since he is a sophomore and one of the younger players on the team, Reed has a bright future and plenty of room to develop and polish his play. He plans to focus on “individual defense, rotations” and views his offensive game as something that always has room for improvement. When asked about possible future leadership of this Tigers team, Reed immediately turned to reference his team role model, Chris Green (SR/Bonfield, Ill.).
“I think Chris Green really gives a good example on how to lead,” Reed said. “He has really done a great job of exemplifying great work ethic, being vocal when he needs to be, and letting others speak up as well.”
Green also has his share of impressive stats, including 15th all-time three-point shooter in ONU history, and shared his outlook for the team’s future. “In a couple years, when Nic’s a Junior or Senior, (with) guys like John Contant and Dane Schlafley…it could be a championship team in a few years.”
Last season Reed finished the season with CCAC first-team all-conference and was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) honorable mention. Be sure to show up next Saturday at 3 to support the Men’s Basketball Team and Reed against Saint Ambrose University.
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