71: Justin Martin talks about record-setting performance for Multnomah (Ore.)

71: Justin Martin talks about record-setting performance for Multnomah (Ore.)

Justin Martin knew he scored a lot of points in Multnomah’s 126-124 win over No. 17 Warner Pacific on Tuesday night.

It wasn’t until he got into the locker room, however, that he found out about his NAIA D-II record-setting 71-point performance.

“I think I was shooting free-throws late, and I thought I might have had like 40,” Martin said. “But I had no clue. I was so focused on the scoreboard more than my game. I didn’t know until I got to the locker room and they told me.

“Coach (Curt Bickley) told me. He gave me the stat sheet and told me in front of all the guys.”

While the final number was staggering, these scoring performances aren’t uncommon for Martin, the NAIA’s leading score with 31.8 points per game. He’s scored at least 30 points in five games; he’s gone over 40 in three — through ten games this season, mind you. 

“Nothing like this one,” Martin said. “The only one that rivaled this one was the 49-point one earlier this year.”

His performance on Tuesday was even more noteworthy because of how efficient he was. Martin, a 5-foot-9 guard who transferred from Wenatchee Valley College, made 21 of his 33 field-goal attempts, including 15-19 from three-point range. He also made 14-17 free throws.

Before the game, Martin said he didn’t have any inkling that he was on the precipice of setting a national record.

“It was just a regular game,” Martin said. “Shots started to fall and it was just like the basket was an ocean.”

The previous NAIA Division II record for points in a game was 64, set by Rob Engle of former member Notre Dame (N.H.) in 1994. The overall NAIA record is 113, set by Clarence Francis of Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1954. 

To add more context, Martin’s performance was one point shy of tying the NCAA D-1 record of 72 points, set by Kevin Bradshaw of U.S. International in 1991. 

“I just think I’m in the perfect system for my play style,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of unselfish players on the team. When I’m on fire, they keep me going. There’s no selfishness.”

Justin Martin statistics

vs. Warner Pacific Season
Points 71 31.9
FGs 21-33 (.636) 113-244 (.463)
3PT 15-19 (.789) 74-168 (.440)
FT 14-17 (.824) 51-67 (.761)

Championship Information

NAIA DII Men's Basketball Championship

March 11-17, 2020
Sioux Falls, S.D.