Mike Wood Breaks School's Scoring Record
- January 13, 2006
This article was first published on Friday, Jan. 20. Mike Wood, with his 15 points in leading Cal State East Bay to its Homecoming game victory over William Jessup University on Friday, Jan. 27, established a new school career scoring record in surpassing the mark set by Stan Cherry 31 years ago. Cherry was in attendance to honor Wood.
Mike Wood drives to the basket for two points earlier this season. (Photo by Taunya De Young)
HAYWARD - No matter how you look at Mike Wood, he just doesn't fit the mold.
"We joke about it all the time," said Cal State East Bay men's basketball coach Will Biggs. "If we lined four players up and asked which one is (the school's) all-time leading scorer, he would be the last one that you would guess."
But it's true. The senior shooting guard, listed (very generously) on the roster at 6-feet tall, is just 40 points shy of breaking Cal State's all-time career scoring record.
Stan Cherry, a 6-foot-5 center who played for the Pioneers from 1971-75, finished his career with 1,397 points. He's held the record for 31 years. Some wondered whether it would ever be broken.
However, with 11 regular season games left and Wood at 1,358 points, it isn't a question of if the record will be broken ... but when and by how much?
Wood and Cal State (10-5) play at Notre Dame in Belmont tonight at 7:30, then host CSU Maritime on Saturday at 7:30. If Wood, a 2002 graduate of Foothill High, doesn't set the new standard this weekend, he stands a good chance of doing it at the Pioneers' Jan. 27 Home-coming game against William Jessup University.
I would like to do it at home, admitted Wood, who is averaging 16.5 points per game. It would be nice to do it at Homecoming, but if not, its no big deal.
Whenever it comes, it comes.
Cherry, 54, who currently lives in Vallejo with his 16-year-old son Stanley and 19-year-old daughter Vanessa, will be in attendance at the Homecoming game.
Cherry was surprised to hear he still holds the scoring record.
I just found out (Wednesday) that I still had it, Cherry said. Just to have that record stand this long is pretty good. But records are made to be broken.
Im glad to see he is breaking it, Cherry went on. For him to do it at 6-foot is a credit to his heart and ability. It is a great testament to him, especially because (colleges) turned him away.
With the Cal State record within reach, it is hard to imagine Wood was told he was too small to score consistently at the collegiate level.
Nobody wanted to give me a chance, so it was nice to be given a chance at (Cal State) and show that I could do something with it, Wood said.
Biggs recruited Wood for his competitiveness and winning spirit, not his ability to score.
I knew we would win with him on our team, Biggs said. I didnt give much consideration to the points he would score. I just knew he was tough competitively. I knew he was a winner.
In Wood, Biggs got both a scorer and a winner.
During his freshman and sophomore years at Cal State, Wood helped the Pioneers advance to the NAIA Division II National Championships. The Pioneers lost in the first round both years.
Last season the Pioneers advanced to the title game of the Cal Pac Conference Tournament, where they lost at the buzzer to Dominican University. Over his four-year career at Cal State, the Pioneers have gone 60-41.
He is not really a physically imposing guy, said Randy Isaacs, who coached Wood at Foothill. He isnt tiny, but he isnt a guy you would think is going to be a leading scorer. But he does have a knack for winning games.
Foothill won a combined 75 games during Woods three years on the varsity. In his sophomore season, Foothill advanced to the state championship game but lost to Bishop Montgomery of Torrance.
Wood, 21, is engaged to Cal State junior soccer star Ashley Shadd, whose 15 goals last season were four short of the single-season record at the school. A Foothill graduate, as well, Shadd is Woods toughest critic.
If I dont play good in a game, she is the first to let me know, said Wood. She is the hardest on me. She really pushes me to play my best.
Wood is working toward his teaching credential at Cal State, but hopes to continue playing basketball after college.
I love playing. I love being on the court, he said. I would like to try to stay involved playing overseas, but anywhere I play, I will love it.