MEQUON, Wis. – Records are meant to be broken, they say.
Lately, Eric Kittel continues to climb the record books and check them off one by one during his senior season. The argument can be made that the guard is one of the best players to ever don a Falcons uniform. While that is a strong statement, the records he continues to break or will set aren't up for question.
On Tuesday night at MSOE, he tallied a season-high 26 points to take over as the top scorer during the NCAA era. The Brillion, Wis., native needs 195 points to break the program's all-time scoring record set by the great Frank Yinko, which means he needs to average 17.7 points the remainder of the season.
If you haven't watched him play in person yet, the excitement Kittel brings to the court will only last for a few more games before his career ends. One area he has excelled at is the 3-point shot, draining 223 during his career, meaning he needs nine more long balls to set the program record. As well, he needs nine more deep attempts to set the program record. More so, during his illustrious time inside the R. John Buuck Field House, he has drained 39.5 percent from deep.
While the statistics from the NCAA era (1997 to present) are accurate, those from the NAIA era are at times difficult to find. What we do know is that Kittel needs to steal 35 more passes to become No. 1 in that statistical category, which will surpass Yinko.
He is the only player in the NCAA era to start every game of his career – 96, which is also a record – and ran up and down the court for 3,001 minutes (another record). The Falcon leader surely knows how to score, evident by his 449 career field goals. If he can make 18 more shots he will own that record (NCAA era) but is well away from Jason Toth's outstanding mark of 517 career field goals.
Kittel does more than just score and steal passes, he keeps his teammates involved in the action and has dished out 317 career assists. He currently sits in fifth place all-time in program history and will likely end in third place with an estimated 374 assists. Guess who is the program's all-time leader in assists? If you guessed Yinko, you are correct.
We may have gotten accustomed to Kittel's impressive play over the last three-plus seasons, but his career is winding down and his career statistics prove he is one of the best.