We have here the box score from the Fontbonne-Greenville Division III game Wednesday night. We can take a closer look, once it stops smoking.

It was the shootout at Long Gymnasium. On one side, the visiting Fontbonne Griffins, from a school that 50 years ago was all-female. On the other, the Greenville Panthers, the first college campus in the nation that went all wireless, in 1999. By the time the two St. Louis area schools were done, Fontbonne was a 164-154 winner in overtime, and a chunk of the record book was in tatters on the floor.

It was the night the stats went wild.


Thirty-one Division I games did not produce 140 points Thursday night. These two had that by halftime, when Fontbonne led 78-62.

Greenville put up 139 shots – or one every 19.4 seconds. The Panthers shot 79 3-pointers and made 24 of them. They had nine players in double figures.

Fontbonne won the game despite being outscored 72-15 in 3-pointers. One reason is the Griffins took 58 free throws and made 39 of them. Another is the four Fontbonne players who broke 20 points took 53 shots – and missed only 13 of them.

Fontbonne had 77-49 rebounding edge.

Greenville had only seven turnovers. Fontbonne had 35.

Greenville won 76-57 … in points off the bench.

The two teams together missed 36 free throws.

This was a rematch. They met in December and Greenville won … 147-138. In the nine games since, 4-16 Fontbonne had averaged 74.6 points a game.

Greenville scored 98 points in its season opener against Transylvania. The low for the 12-8 Panthers in the 19 games since has been 108. They average 126 points a game, and more than 2.5 shots every minute.

And the number of witnesses to this momentous occasion? The listed attendance was 500, or 1.5 persons for every point.

Mike Lopresti is a member of the US Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, Ball State journalism Hall of Fame and Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He has covered college basketball for 43 years, including 38 Final Fours. He is so old he covered Bob Knight when he had dark hair and basketball shorts were actually short.

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