Ahmaad Rorie is more concerned with winning championships than championing his own scoring ability.
Known for his scorer's mentality, he needs no help in the latter, but he cemented his status as an elite scorer Saturday.
The redshirt junior point guard scored 21 points and became the 33rd player to score 1,000 career points in program history, which goes back to 1901-02. He needed only 58 games with the Griz to reach that plateau.
But that milestone came in a loss to third-place Idaho, cutting the Grizzlies' lead atop the standings to half a game and starting to put their top seed in the conference tournament in jeopardy.
"I’m happy to have an opportunity to score and showcase my ability, and it’s cool I’m able to join that club, but I want to win a championship," Rorie said Sunday.
"It’s special to score 1,000 points because a lot of people don’t get to do that. I definitely would have traded it for the win."
A transfer from Oregon, he’s the third player to eclipse 1,000 points in his first two seasons with the program. Martin Breunig scored 1,158 points in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and Anthony Johnson scored 1,124 points in 2008-09 and 2009-10; both transferred in for their junior and senior seasons.
He’s just the second player to score 1,000 or more points across his sophomore and junior seasons. Larry Krystkowiak scored 1,171 in 1983-84 and 1984-85.
Rorie is the second Griz this season to surpass 1,000 career points, joining junior guard Mike Oguine. It’s the first time since 2012-13 that the Griz have two players over 1,000 points on the roster at the same time; Will Cherry reached 1,000 in 2011-12 as a junior, and Kareem Jamar got to 1,000 as a junior in 2012-13, when Cherry was a senior.
It’s the first time since 2007-08 that multiple Griz went past 1,000 career points in the same season. Jordan Hasquet, Andrew Strait and Matt Martin all did it that season.
Rorie and Oguine are the sixth instance of the Griz having at least two players score their 1,000th point in the same season.
Oguine needed 80 games to reach 1,000 points, which he did during Montana’s 82-64 win over Northern Arizona on Jan. 27 in Missoula. He’s now up to 1,086 points, putting him 23rd all-time.
Rorie sits at 1,016 points, placing him 32nd. As a freshman at Oregon, he scored 149 points, giving him 1,165 in his college career.
His Montana career average of 17.52 points per game is third all-time among the program’s 1,000-point scorers. He’s behind Johnson (18.43) and Breunig (17.82).
"I appreciate (head coach) Trav(is DeCuire) giving me the opportunity to play here," Rorie said. "I definitely thought I had a chance to (score 1,000 points) here, but it's cool to finally do that."