NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An amazing college basketball record was set before the sun disappeared outside historic John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday evening. With an uncontested, bunny-hop layup at the 12:39 mark in the first half of his team’s home game against Columbia, Yale’s Brandon Sherrod made his 28th consecutive field goal attempt.
The simple 2-pointer marked the longest streak for consecutive made field goals without a miss in men’s Division I college basketball history — and he wasn’t done then and there. Sherrod’s and-the-foul conversion at the 10:49 mark of the first half lengthened the streak to 28, and his 29th straight successful bucket came on a nifty right-handed turnaround in the lane with 10:09 left.
The senior big man got a generous bounce on an up-and-under reverse with 5:35 left in the first half, giving Yale a 30-25 lead and Sherrod an inconceivable 30 straight made baskets.
On the ensuing Bulldogs possession, the streak was halted when he put up a tough three-footer while being guarded by Columbia star Alex Rosenberg.
The public address announcer, perhaps unaware of the streak at hand, did not even mention the record at any point.
HISTORY! 27 CONSECUTIVE made field goals for @Yale_Basketball’s Brandon Sherrod, a new NCAA record. https://t.co/O5GIDKkGT0
— FS1 (@FS1) February 5, 2016
The amazing feat dates back to Yale’s Ivy League opener on Jan. 16, a 77-68 win over Brown. Over the course of 20 days and five games, Sherrod was perfect. He was 9-for-9 against Brown on Jan. 22, then 7-for-7 against Penn on Jan. 29, and 8-for-8 against Princeton on Jan. 30. He’s now a 59.2-percent shooter on the season and has not taken a 3-pointer yet in 2015-16.
Coincidentally, Sherrod taking the record comes when the previous mark was tied earlier this season. Eastern Michigan freshman James Thompson IV shared the 26-straight-field-goals mark with Torian Oglesby (Bowling Green).
Ironically, amid his run, Sherrod was anything but automatic from the foul line. He shot 55.8 percent (16-for-29) from the charity stripe over the course of the streak.
If Sherrod’s name rings a bell, it’s because he’s got a unique story. We profiled him at CBS Sports in 2014 after he was accepted into Yale’s prestigious a capella group. Because of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he traveled with the group last year and could not play for Yale in 2014-15. Now, with one final season left and sharing the court with reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Justin Sears, Yale is atop the conference and aiming to reach its first NCAA Tournament since 1962.