Boys Basketball – Brendan Barry Scores 50 Points in Record-Breaking Rumson Win
RUMSON - For the first time in 14 years a Shore Conference player has scored 50 points in a game and the player to do it is one of the Conference's most accomplished active players.
Rumson-Fair Haven senior Brendan Barry scored a career-high 50 points before exiting a 71-49 Bulldogs win over Middletown North Saturday with five minutes left in the game, making him the first Shore Conference player to score 50 in one game since Nolan Hall scored 52 for Southern in 2002.
Barry's 50 points also set a new single-game record for both the boys and girls programs at Rumson, surpassing the 46 points scored by Virginia Sourlis, who is the all-time scoring leader at the school. Earlier this season, Barry became the boys all-time leading scoring and currently has 1,658 for his career. After Saturday's outburst, Barry is averaging 25.7 points per game.
Barry shot 19-for-30 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the foul line on Saturday with four three-pointers. He scored 26 points in the first half and poured in 16 in the third quarter.
Prior to Saturday, Barry's single-game career high was 39 points, which he did twice this season - once in a win over Barringer and in a loss to Red Bank Catholic on Feb. 6.
According to Rumson assistant Dave Callahan, Barry picked up his first Division I scholarship offer on Friday from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Niagara University was on hand Saturday to watch Barry's scoring spree.
Since Hall's 52-point game in 2002, Shore Conferene players have approached the 50-point mark, but never quite reached it. Manasquan's J.R. Hobbie scored 49 in December of 2012 - also against Middletown North, coincidentally - and earlier this season, Southern's Peyton Wejnert scored 49 against Toms River East.
Barry is the reigning Shore Sports Network Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the Shore Conference Tournament championship as a junior in 2014-15. Rumson will begin its SCT title defense when the tournament - which will be seeded on Sunday - begins next week.