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Iowa History Daily: March 6 - Jim Goodrich Sets Scoring Record

Iowa History Daily: On March 6, 1971, Jim Goodrich of United Community (Boone) closed out his high school career as Iowa’s all-time leading scorer for boys basketball with 2,213 points. Goodrich set the record without the aid of the three-point line while only playing 74 games, adding to the quality of the incredible achievement.

A vaunted outside shooter, Goodrich quickly racked up points. His career-high came when he put in 57 against Prairie of Gowrie during his junior season. Goodrich racked up points and moved closer to the scoring record over the course of his senior season. On March 4, 1971, Goodrich eased past previous record-holder Mike Putman of Ottumwa when he made a free throw with less than 10-seconds remaining in a district win over Nesco.

Although United suffered their only loss of the season in the District final to also undefeated Grundy Center, Goodrich closed out his career with one of the most accomplished in the state’s hardwood history. Goodrich went on to star for the University of North Dakota. 

A two-time All-NCC selection, he averaged 15 points per game and finished his time in Grand Forks with 1,095 points. More importantly, UND won or tied for the NCC title in each of Goodrich’s three seasons with the team. Goodrich’s record of 2,213 points fell to Maple Valley’s Todd Berkenpas in 1981, and Brooks McKowen currently stands as the all-time points leader for Iowa. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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