There have been plenty of exciting moments for the Montana Grizzly basketball team in recent memory; Saturday night Kareem Jamar added a special one to that list when he passed his head coach Wayne Tinkle in career points scored at the University of Montana.
Thursday night inside Dahlberg Arena, the senior made history when he passed his former teammate Will Cherry on Montana's all-time scoring list.
Saturday night Jamar followed that up by passing his head coach Wayne Tinkle for sixth place on Montana's all-time scoring list.
"Passing Will, that's my big bro and I love him to death," said Jamar. "I kind of already knew where coach Tinkle was last summer so when I saw that, that was definitely my motivation. Passing a guy like that is big time for me that means a lot to me. Him just being a father figure teaching us how to be a man on an off the court, I mean he pushes me as much off the court as on the court."
"He knew exactly what he had just done," said Tinkle about the moment Jamar scored point number 1,501 to pass him in the record book. "Not that we weren't focused on the game but it's a special moment between a guy that means an awful lot to me personally, so couldn't be happier for him and to have a guy like that get it done."
Jamar's record breaking point came at the free throw line, and after making his attempts Jamar was immediately subbed out of the game.
"He already knew I was coming over," said Jamar. "I mean he didn't give me love at first, but he gave me love and I know he's proud of me. Like I said it was just big time passing a guy like that. It means a lot to me, so I'm just glad I got to do it while I was here and I'm just glad he was here to watch it."
"I knew he wasn't going to miss," said Tinkle. "He was going to make at least one of them to get the fifth and that's a neat thing. He was laughing on the way up the tunnel, gave me a hug and said that he was proud to do it, so it's neat to share that moment."
Montana has now won five of its last six games, including four in a row. All individual records aside, the only record the Grizzlies care about right now is their conference record.
"It feels great, this team is getting on a roll," said Jamar. "Montana knows about streaks so this team is starting to believe, and when you believe and you play hard and come every day in practice and play hard anything is possible. We are going to get back on Monday because if we take a step back none of this means anything, so we've got a tough road trip so we are going to take care of business."
"I'm really excited about the run that we've put together," said Tinkle. "We're building but we're still far from where we need to go. But we're starting to gel, our chemistry is still not there but you know what you go on a slide and you're right back at the bottom of the league so we said in the locker room we're all about staying humble and hungry and we let our success do our talking for us."
At 7-5 in league play, Montana is currently tied for second in the Big Sky Conference standings. The Griz will be back in action Thursday when they battle the Bears of Northern Colorado on the road.