AURORA, Ill. – It really was only a matter of time before Eric Kittel became Concordia Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer. The guard is one of the most dynamic players to ever put on a Falcons uniform and his ability to score in a multitude of ways is what helped him become the record holder.
The senior is a team-first player and it has never been about him, even when asked to try and set the record in front of a home Falcons crowd during a NACC Tournament quarterfinals game on Wednesday. After two failed 3-point attempts he was frustrated at the idea of the light being shined on him.
Entering Friday night's NACC Tournament semifinal game at second-seeded Aurora the Brillion, Wis., native needed just three points to surpass Frank Yinko's mark of 1,490 career points. He was fouled after a 3-point attempt from the right wing with 9:17 to play before halftime. As Kittel had done hundreds of times previously in his career, he calmly knocked down the three free throw attempts to break the record.
Concordia Wisconsin's point guard, who started every game of his career, ended the 90-86 victory with a team-high-tying 22 points. He enters Sunday with a chance to claim the team's second NACC Tournament Championship in three years.
Below are a few notes on his record-setting 1,510 career points:
- Kittel's 1,510 career points over 108 games averages to 14.0 points per game.
- Kittel has 449 points this season, which is the most in a season during his career. He scored 300 his freshman year, 350 in year two and had 411 during his junior campaign.
- Kittel has made 521 field goals during his career at a 47.4 percent rate.
- Kittel has made a program-record 257 career 3-pointers. He is a career 39.7 percent shooter from long range. He also is tied for the NCAA-era season record with 72 triples made this season.
- Kittel has made 211 free throws and is an 84.1 percent shooter at the line.
- Kittel has scored in double-figures 83 times during his career and has 16 games of 20-plus points and two with 30 or more.
- Kittel has led the Falcons in scoring 33 times during his career.
- Kittel's 1,510 career points ranks sixth all-time in NACC history.
Below is Kittel's record-setting free throw