MORAGA, Calif. -- Told after Thursday's 80-74 win over Pepperdine that Stephen Holt had passed Tom Meschery on the Saint Mary's men's basketball career scoring list, Gaels head coach Randy Bennett was simply taken aback.
"He is the most unsung hero of good players we've had. For whatever reason," Bennett said. "That surprised me, and I've coached him for four years."
Bennett isn't the forgetful type when it comes to milestones like that. Instead, Holt is beginning to crowd out his good memories with even fresher ones.
On Thursday, he added to his legend at Saint Mary's by passing one of the greatest ever to wear a Gaels uniform. Meschery finished his career with 1,126 points, a mark Holt surpassed thanks to a 20-point night against the Waves. The senior from Portland, Ore. now sits 21st all-time in scoring with 1,128 points.
Scoring isn't the only category Holt is making a move in. With six free throws Thursday, he passed Frederic Adjiwanou for ninth in career free throws made. Holt has made 332 free throws in his career and has plenty of time to continue moving up the chart.
Holt sits two 3-pointers behind Patrick Mills (Holt has 126) for 13th in school history in 3-pointers made. He is three steals behind Kamran Sufi for second all-time in thievery. And he is five assists behind Todd Golden for 12th in that category.
He's done all this while maintaining a team-first approach, and that's never been more clear than this season. Holt has scored his share of points, but his role as the team's primary playmaker and point guard has taken center stage.
"He's having a heck of a year and that's why we're doing decent," Bennett said. "He's continued to improve this year. Hopefully he continues to improve the next six weeks. If he does, and other guys do, we might have a chance to be in the mix at the end."