Three-point project: Big South

Three-point project: Big South


On Dec. 4, 1993, Scott Neely hit a three-pointer from the left corner with 41 seconds left to give the Camels the lead for good in a 72-69 overtime win at North Carolina State, marking Campbell's first win against an ACC school.


In their only NCAA tournament appearance, the final score wasn't to the Buccaneers' liking: UCLA 109-75 in a 1997 game at Auburn Hills, Mich. But senior Brett Larrick didn't get cheated in his final college game. He hit six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points.


On Jan. 6, 1990, Robert Dowdell drained a contested three-pointer as time expired to upset Cincinnati 73-72. It was the second victory against a BCS-level program for the Chanticleers and sparked an eventual Big South Championship season. Coastal was playing its fourth season at the NCAA Division I level.


Grayson Flittner's three-pointer with 15:53 to play in the first half at No. 20 Kentucky on Nov. 7, 2007, gave Gardner-Webb a 14-0 lead. The Runnin' Bulldogs went on to an 84-68 win against the Wildcats to advance to Madison Square Garden in the 2007 2K Sports Classic.


On Feb. 6, 2004, Danny Gathings hit a three-pointer in overtime at the buzzer for an 81-78 win against Charleston Southern. With one second on the clock, Zione White inbounded the ball from the opposite end of the court, Gathings caught it at the top of the key, turned and shot it immediately. It was CNN's Play of the Day.


After reaching the NCAA tournament (1994) for the first time in program history, No. 16 seed Liberty found itself in a battle with No. 1 seed and defending champion North Carolina. Chris Toomer's three-pointer at the top of the key with 10:01 remaining gave Liberty a 46-45 lead. North Carolina won 71-51, but fans still remember that moment when Liberty was neck and neck with one of college basketball's most revered programs.


On Feb. 23, 2011, Matt Dickey stole an inbounds pass and hit a 27-footer at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 61-58 win against regular season champion Coastal Carolina on its homecourt. The win got the Bulldogs started on a seven-game winning streak that saw them win the Big South tournament and advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The shot was ESPN's Play of the Day and Play of the Month.


Playing No. 20 Cincinnati on Nov. 19, 2011, Khalid Mutakabbir capped a 24-7 Presbyterian run with the go-ahead three-pointer with 7.6 seconds left, erasing a 15-point second-half deficit and giving the Blue Hose its first win against a ranked opponent in Division I history.


On Dec. 9, 1992, Doug Day, who graduated as the NCAA's all-time leader in three-pointers made, hit a game-winner from 30 feet to cap a 12-point second-half comeback and lift Radford past VCU 72-71.


The Southern Conference had agreed to become the first league to use the three-point line on an experimental basis for league games in 1980-81. Marty Cristo hit the school's first three-pointer against Furman on Dec. 3, 1980. Cristo's shot forced overtime, but many Furman players began shaking VMI players' hands thinking they had won and not realizing that the jumper at the buzzer would extend the game. Furman won 87-82 in OT.


Against Liberty in the semifinals of the 2001 Big South Conference, Tywan Harris' three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game. Winthrop went on to win 67-62 in overtime en route to the tourney title and a third straight NCAA tournament appearance.