“I’m thrilled that he could score his thousandth point in front of our home crowd with his family here.”- Ron Cottrell, Head Coach
Colter Lasher joined a prestigious club of Husky basketball players on January 12, 2017 when he scored career-point number 1,000 in the Huskies’ Southland Conference game against Central Arkansas. The senior from Anchorage, Alaska became just the third player in the last decade to reach the milestone.
“It means a lot to me, because I’ve never seen anyone here get it. I also never got to 1,000 in high school so it meant that much more to me to get it here,” said Lasher. “It’s a pretty cool honor to have.”
As Lasher neared 1,000 in early January, he fell just two points shy of reaching the mark on January 7 in HBU’s 60-49 home win over McNeese in which he finished with 17 points. The following game was the matchup with Central Arkansas, with Colter sitting at 998. After missing his first three shots of the game, Lasher got his points on a fast break layup following a steal by teammate Atif Russell.
“I’m so happy for Colter because he’s been a mainstay for our program the last four years,” said head coach Ron Cottrell. “I’m thrilled that he could score his thousandth point in front of our home crowd with his family here. It’s such a great thing to see a young man who has worked so hard to have such an achievement.”
“It was perfect timing,” Lasher added. “I just happened to have family come down for a game and it happened to be a home game which made it that much better. It was nice to be able to celebrate with people I’m close to.”
Lasher began his career at HBU by appearing in 26 games as a freshman, starting the final 11. He averaged 5.7 points during that first season and excelled from behind the three-point arc, shooting above 40 percent (22-of-54). As a team, the Huskies made their debut in the Southland Conference, finishing with a 6-25 overall record and a 2-16 mark in conference play.
By the time his sophomore season rolled around he had become a key piece of the lineup, starting 26 of the team’s 28 contests. That year, he finished second on the team in scoring and even led the team in field goals made while helping lead the way to an improved 12-16 record, finishing 7-11 in the Southland.
As a junior, Lasher helped guide the Huskies to a 10-8 conference record, 17-17 overall, the Southland tournament semifinals and a bid to HBU’s first postseason tournament since returning to the NCAA Division I ranks. He averaged over 10 points per game for the second year in a row while starting 29 of the 32 games he appeared in.
“Colter, and all four of the seniors who have been here throughout their career, have had such an impact on this program, coming in as we entered the Southland Conference and helping us grow the program to where it is today. Really, the program grew as they grew in the program,” Cottrell added. “We’ve been able to enjoy success because of that group, and certainly what Colter has done has played a big part in that.”
At the time this article was written, the 2016-17 HBU men’s basketball team owned an 11-12 record overall and was 7-6 in the Southland. Lasher was at 1,125 career points, good for 22nd on the all-time scoring list.