Three-point project: America East
On March 11, 2006, Lucious Jordan made a three-pointer from the top of the arc at the south end on the game's first possession — and the place absolutely exploded to set the tone in an 80-67 win against Vermont. Albany never trailed en route to its first NCAA appearance.
On Senior Day in 2005 in front of a season-high crowd of 4,118 at the newly opened Events Center, affable 7-foot center Nick Billings put an exclamation point on Binghamton's 65-48 win against a 20-win Boston University team by drilling his first career three-pointer from the top of the key in the final minute. The long-distance shot from the program's all-time shot blocker, and his ensuing "airplane" celebration as he ran back down the court, sent the crowd into delirium. The win also clinched the No. 5 seed for the upcoming America East Championship and propelled the Bearcats to the semifinals.
In the 2002 America East semifinals against Hartford, the Terriers had the ball under their basket with 0.8 second left with the score tied 60-60. After receiving a deep pass just outside the arc, Stijn Dhondt swished an off-balance three-pointer with 0.1 second on the clock. Boston went on to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.
Against New Hampshire on Feb. 6, 2010, Joe Zeglinski's buzzer-beater from beyond NBA range gave the Hawks a 57-54 victory and handed them their first season sweep of the Wildcats since 2004.
In an America East quarterfinal on March 4, 2005, Chris Markwood's off-balance three-pointer with three seconds remaining gave the sixth-seeded Black Bears a 47-45 win against third-seeded Boston University.
MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
On Jan. 16, 2008, UMBC defeated Hartford 86-85 on a buzzer-beating 23-footer by guard Brian Hodges before 1,881 at the RAC Arena. The win, which featured 27 lead changes, helped UMBC to a 13-3 record and regular season league title. The Retrievers beat Hartford again for the AEC title and advanced to their first (and only) NCAA tournament.
Known as the Valentine's Day Miracle, Marcus Bullock drained eight three-pointers in an 87-69 win against rival Maine. The win broke a six-year drought in Orono for the Wildcats. Additionally, UNH's 17 three-pointers is still a program record. Fans recall Bullock's final three-pointer coming from long range in a game the 'Cats simply could not miss.
On Nov. 21, 2003, freshman Mitchell Beauford — making his college debut — nailed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to break a tie and beat Dartmouth 56-53. Beauford went on to score 1,359 points in his career to rank third all time in points in the program's Division I history.
In the school's first NCAA tournament win, T.J. Sorrentine hit a deep three with Vermont leading No. 3 seed Syracuse 56-55 late in overtime in the first round in 2005. The Catamounts beat the Big East champs 60-57.