The history of the 3-point shot in college basketball must include several chapters just devoted to the Southern Conference.
There’s Ronnie Carr of Western Carolina, who made the first 3-pointer in college basketball history against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 29, 1980. There’s Steph Curry of Davidson, one of the best 3-point shooters ever. He set the NCAA and NBA single-season records for 3-pointers.
And on Feb. 8 this year, Wofford added its name to the SoCon’s 3-point ledger. The Terriers made an NCAA Division I record 81% in a blowout victory against VMI.
Fletcher Magee made 9 of 10 3-pointers to lead the sports moment judged the greatest in school history. The school’s website told the story:
The 3-ball was falling early and often for the Terriers on Monday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. So much so, that Wofford set an NCAA Division I men’s basketball record by shooting 17 of 21 from beyond the arc on its way to a 92-60 victory over Southern Conference foe VMI.
Wofford’s 81% showing from the perimeter is the highest 3-point field-goal percentage in the history of men’s Division I basketball (minimum 20 attempts). Fletcher Magee led the barrage, shooting 9-for-10 from beyond the arc, making his first seven attempts and scoring a career-high 34 points.
“If I got the ball and got a shot up, I felt like it was going to go in,” said Magee, whose nine 3-pointers were the most since Seth Chadwick set the program record with 11 against Mercer in 1997. “My teammates did a great job getting me the ball. We made a couple early and then we all started to feel it. It was fun.”
Magee’s 34 points were the most by a Terrier since Noah Dahlman had the same amount against Western Carolina in 2011 at the BenJo. Magee also set a school record for consecutive 3-pointers made with 12 dating back to last Thursday.
At one point in the first half, the Terriers made 10 consecutive 3-point attempts. Sophomore Derrick Brooks got it started to give Wofford a 10-point lead just over 7 minutes into the game and the next miss didn’t come until 4 seconds remained in the half. Juniors Jaylen Allen and Eric Garcia combined for three and the other six came off the hands of Magee.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of offensive display from long range,” said head coach Mike Young in his postgame radio interview. “Fletcher is a special guy. He got those first couple down and then that thing must have looked like the size of a bathtub.
“Things like that don’t happen because you’re a good player or a good shooter. The guy is in the gym all the time. He works at it and it’s important to him.”
Wofford’s 17 made 3-pointers were one away from the school record of 18, accomplished in both 2005 and ’07. However, neither of those performances came with the accuracy or offensive efficiency on display Monday night. The Terriers had 27 assists on 32 made field goals, the program’s most assists in a game since December of 2003 against Toccoa Falls, and the most ever against a Division I opponent.
“That’s a big deal and a sign of a good ball team,” Young added.
Wofford outshot VMI 61.5%-41.5%. The Keydets were 28% from long range.
Watch the three-for-all:
On the cover: Wofford’s Fletcher Magee hits one of his nine 3-pointers against VMI on Feb. 9. (Courtesy Wofford Athletics)
Video courtesy Wofford Athletics via YouTube
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• Monday: Western Kentucky and Western Michigan
• Tuesday: William & Mary and Winthrop
• Wednesday: Wofford and Wright State
• Thursday: Yale and Zips (Akron)
• Friday: The Judge