TRAVERSE CITY — When Holden Greiner was in high school at St. Francis, he was painfully close to breaking 1,000 career points, but came up short.
Like 5-10 points short.
College was a different story. Greiner recently capped a memorable four-year career at Lehigh, which included surpassing the 1,000-point milestone in the second to last game of the year.
”It was a pretty cool moment, because it was against our rivals and it was the first basket of the second half,” Greiner said. “Going into the season, my teammates joked around about how it’d be really close if I made it or not. They knew I barely missed in high school, so they’d make the joke that I was going to miss it by one or two points. I tried not to think about it and focus on getting wins and staying alive as long as possible, but it was definitely fun when I got it.”
Greiner’s primary focus was on getting wins for the Mountain Hawks. As for the milestone? An added bonus as he became the 31st player in school history to achieve the feat.
”I don’t think anyone can not have it in your mind when you’re close,” Greiner said. “No matter how much of a team player you are. Nobody’s going to say they want 1,000 points more than their team winning. But, it’s tough to completely keep it out of your mind. When I got close and I’d score, some of my teammates would put their hands up for how many I was away.”
In high school, Greiner chose Lehigh over Central Michigan and American University. He made the most of his four years, including winning two Patriot League titles, two NCAA tournament berths, games against some of the best teams in the country, and a spot on last year’s Sports Illustrated March Madness cover — albeit a small one.