When a basketball player scores 1,000 points at the community college level, it’s quite an accomplishment because student-athletes only have two years of eligibility. When two players from the same college reach the milestone on the same day it’s the rarest of feats.
Onondaga Community College’s Samantha Britton and Tyler Sullivan both went over the 1,000 point mark on February 3. “To be able to do it in two years is my single biggest accomplishment. Basketball is such a big part of my life. It means a lot,” said Britton. “I did it in high school in four years,” added Sullivan. “But to do it in two years here is good.”
Britton is a Human Services major from Kenmore West High School in Buffalo. She entered Saturday’s game needing 17 points. She scored 18 in the first quarter, surpassing 1,000 points on a layup.
Sullivan played scholastically at Liverpool and is majoring in General Studies. He was 19 points away going into Saturday’s game. A 3-point shot in the second half pushed him over the top.
While both players are proud of their individual accomplishments, it’s team success they care most about. Both the Women’s and Men’s team won their games against Corning Community College Saturday. “It definitely means more that it happened in a win,” said Britton. “I probably wouldn’t have cared if I got it in a loss,” added Sullivan.
Britton and Sullivan both were named Region 3 and Mid-State Athletic Conference Players of the Week. Sullivan was also named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Player of the Week.
In April, Britton was named Honorable Mention All-American and Sullivan was named All-American. He is just the second All-American in Men’s Basketball history, joining Joseph Olsen who earned similar honors in 2004.
Congratulations to Samantha Britton and Tyler Sullivan!