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Villanova's Corey Fisher says his 105-point game is no hoax

Jeff Eisenberg
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Almost a week after word of his Wilt Chamberlain-esque moment began circulating the Internet, Villanova guard Corey Fisher admits he's shocked by the attention his record-setting scoring barrage has received.

Friends have called him on the phone, fans have flooded his Twitter account with messages and total strangers have even stopped him on the street all asking the same question: Did he really put up 105 points in a New York City summer-league game last Saturday night?

"It's true," Fisher said Friday, almost sheepishly. "It never entered my mind that I would score 100 points. I was playing the game, and people in the crowd were yelling, 'He has this, he has that.' My teammates were finding me at the right place at the right time."

A lack of video evidence has fueled skeptics who questioned whether Fisher's scoring onslaught actually happened, but the Bronx native said we can take his word that this is no Internet hoax. He did score 72 points after three quarters, he did hit 23 of 28 3-pointers and he did do all this against a collection of former college and semi-pro players who he swears were actually playing defense.

[Related: Where's the proof of this epic performance?]

Although the opposing team known as GymRatsNYC switched from a soft zone, to a box-and-1, to a swarming man-to-man, none of the defenses successfully cooled Fisher's torrid shooting. Someone from the crowd let Fisher know he was getting closer to triple figures after each second-half bucket until dozens of fans finally mobbed him on the court after he notched his 100th point at the free-throw line.

"It's something everyone is going to talk about," Fisher said. "I know I'm going to get hit with it a lot going to school and during the year. People are saying I'm a legend, but I don't want to be a legend in streetball. I'm in school and I'm focused on the school year."

It's shocking anytime a player eclipses the 100-point mark even in a meaningless summer-league game, but there were signs Fisher might be capable of a performance such as this. Although he only averaged 13.3 points per game as a junior, he dropped 37 points on O.J. Mayo in a high school game and once scored 72 points in an IS8 League game as a high school junior.

Hearing about Fisher's summer-league exploits has Villanova fans optimistic that he can fulfill the great potential he flashed in high school with a breakout senior season, but he downplayed the importance of Saturday night's outburst.

Fisher said the only way he can prove he's ready to make the leap from secondary option behind All-American Scottie Reynolds to Villanova's primary scoring threat is by showing it next season on the court.

"This one game isn't going to get me where I'm trying to go or where my teammates are trying to go," Fisher said. "I know what I'm capable of doing. Me being the leader of this team this year, I feel I'm ready to make a big jump."

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