Globe (Ariz.) freshman guard B.J. Burries sets state scoring record with 68 points

Globe (Ariz.) freshman guard B.J. Burries sets state scoring record with 68 points

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Globe (Ariz.) freshman guard B.J. Burries sets state scoring record with 68 points

Globe High School guard B.J. Burries (Photo: James P. Reede)

Globe High School guard B.J. Burries (Photo: James P. Reede)

He is only a freshman, but B.J. Burries already is in the record books.

The 5-foot-9, 140-pound Globe High guard scored a Division IV state-record 68 points in a 105-103 double-overtime victory over Florence on Tuesday night. He made 22 field goals, including seven 3-pointers, and made 17 of 18 free throws.

Division IV is the equivalent of Class 2A in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s basketball archives. According to the AIA, the single-game state record was 67, scored by John Hight of Superior against Winkelman Hayden in 1954.

Globe High School freshman B.J. Burries. (Photo: Courtesy: Tory Satter)

Globe High School freshman B.J. Burries. (Photo: Courtesy: Tory Satter)

The overall state record is 75 by George McCormick of Fredonia against Salome in 1966, according to the AIA. Burries’ points are the second-most in any division scored in a game.

“It was a good game overall, and we kept it together and got that ‘W’ at the end,” Burries said.

Burries’ two biggest scoring nights his freshman season have come against Florence. In his third varsity game of his life, he had 46 points, but that came in a 78-72 loss.

Globe has improved to 11-8 with Burries leading the way. He is averaging 23.7 points, making 84 percent (148 of 177) of his free throws.

In 2013, Burries won a national free-throw shooting contest in Boston for the 12 to 13 age group, knocking down all 25 of his free-throw attempts.

“When I was small, me and my dad would shoot 500 free throws a day,” Burries said.

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