San Antonio's Marcus Keene setting the college basketball world on fire
SAN ANTONIO – Marcus Keene leads the entire nation in scoring, and it shouldn't surprise anyone after what we saw him do at Warren High School.
We saw Keene do it time after time. Clutch shot after clutch shot. Now four years later, the kid from Warren is lighting it up for Central Michigan. He is the nations leading scorer. A regular now on ESPN's Sports Center and that is just the beginning.
Saturday night Keene put on a show that has the entire country talking; 41 points against Kent State, but 11 of those were in overtime. He bombs away from the parking lot, reminiscent of Steph Curry. He joined Steph as one of three players in the last ten years to have four games of forty or more points in the same season. Jimmer Fredette was the other.
Keene scored a career-high 50 points with 10 3-pointers and broke the game open with four 3s in the final 4:44 to help Central Michigan rally to a 101-92 win over Miami (Ohio) last week.
It was the highest scoring Division I game this season — topping Malik Monk's 47 points for Kentucky — and the first 50-plus-game since South Dakota State's Nate Wolters 53 on Feb. 7, 2013.
"This was big for me, for us as a team, but to score 50 points in a college basketball game that's anybody's dream who's a scorer and I accomplished it. It feels good," Keene said. "I was just hot today and my teammates kept finding me. Especially Braylon (Rayson)."
Keene's 10 3-pointers tied the school record set by Tommie Johnson in 1987 against Wright State. His 50 points, capped by a free throw with 1:20 left, set a McGuirk Arena record and were the most by a Chippewa since David Webber had 51 against Ball State in 2000.
Keene, whose previous highs were 44 points and eight 3-pointers, scored 26 straight CMU points in a little under six minutes, hitting five 3-pointers and seven free throws.
He averages 30.3 points a game. He's one of San Antonio's own and Marcus Keene is our insider.