Three-point project: Great West
On Feb. 5, 2005, Kevin Jones Jr. capped an improbable comeback at UMKC by hitting a three-quarter-court buzzer-beater following a steal. In the previous play, David Inabnit hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 69 with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. Jones' play was named the Play of the Day by ESPN.
Three players in Huskies history have hit eight three-pointers in a game. But only one, by David Preston in 1995, came as part of a 46-point explosion. Preston, a two-time All-American at Houston Baptist, nailed eight threes in a 115-93 win at Huston-Tillotson.
On Feb. 5, 2005, Clayton Barker hit a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left, helping NJIT — in its final year as a Division II school — to a 72-71 win against University of the Sciences. For Barker, it was his first game back in the lineup after missing the previous four games to mourn the death of his mother. He would complete his career as the sixth-leading scorer in school history, with 1,617 points.
Last season, redshirt freshman Josh Schuler buried a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in double overtime to defeat South Dakota 77-76 in the Great West Conference tournament title game. It secured the first conference title at the Division I level for the basketball program and clinched the first postseason tournament berth as well (CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament). What made it extra special was South Dakota is a longtime rival and last year's game was the final one in the series as conference rivals.
Mire Chatman hit two long three-pointers to lead the Broncs past Baylor in the championship game of the 2001 San Juan Shootout. The shots made it 67-62 with 1:44 left and 70-62 with 1:00 left. The Broncs had to overcome a deficit of 17 points in the final 17 minutes to win 72-66. Chatman earned tournament MVP for the effort.
On March 5, 2004, Utah Valley trailed Florida Gulf Coast 80-78 with two seconds left in the Division I Provisional Tournament Championship game in Fort Myers, Fla. David Heck passed the ball from out of bounds from the far end of the court to Jon Bell near the foul line. Bell flipped the ball back to Ryan Toolson, who hit a long three at the buzzer.