Three-point project: MAC
On March 9, 2009, Anthony "Humpty" Hitchens hit a three-pointer from the right baseline with 1.3 seconds left to send the game against Toledo into overtime in the opening round of the 2009 Mid-American Conference tournament. The Zips went on to win in overtime and would win four games in four days to earn their first NCAA tournament bid since 1986.
UNLV dominated the 1990 NCAA tournament, beating Duke by 30 in the title game. But one team gave the Rebels a scare: Ball State. In the regional semifinal at Oakland, Calif. Ball State's Chandler Thompson and Billy Butts hit consecutive threes in the final seconds, cutting what had been an 11-point UNLV lead to three. Ball State had a chance to win at the end, but a weak pass was intercepted and UNLV held on 69-67. UNLV's average margin in the other five games: 22 points.
In the 2002 MAC tournament quarterfinals against Akron, Keith McLeod's three-pointer with six seconds remaining gave Bowling Green a 60-58 win. The Falcons eventually advanced to the MAC tournament championship game before losing to a Kent State team that went on to the Elite Eight.
On Nov. 30, 1996, Mike Martinho hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat local rival Niagara 78-77 in the first college basketball game played at Marine Midland Arena (now First Niagara Arena) in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. More than 12,000 fans were on hand.
On Dec. 6, 2003, 5-foot-6 backup point guard Joe Carr hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the top of the key for a 69-68 win at 23rd-ranked Notre Dame. Carr was playing in place of starter T.J. Meerman, who fouled out.
Trailing 86-84 with three seconds left, EMU senior guard Earl Boykins took the inbounds pass, dribbled just over the 10-second line and fired home a 42-foot three-point jumper from just in front of the scorer's table. The shot hit nothing but net to give EMU an 87-86 win at the buzzer in the final regular season game at Bowen Field House on the campus of Eastern Michigan. Boykins scored 30 points in the game to go along with seven assists. He made 11 of 20 field goal attempts and 5 of 8 triples in the contest.
On March 9, 2008, Al Fisher, the 2008 MAC Player of the Year, hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to beat Akron 61-58 and clinch the MAC regular season title outright. Kent State led by as many as 16 in the second half before Akron tied the game with eight seconds remaining. Fisher then went the length of the court and hit a three from the right corner to win the game.
Doug Penno banked in a three-pointer with 0.6 second left in the 2007 MAC tournament championship game to give the RedHawks a 53-52 win against Akron and send Miami to the NCAA tournament.
In the Mid-Continent Conference semifinals against Northern Iowa in 1991, Donald Whiteside hit an NBA-plus-range three at the buzzer to end regulation, sending the game to overtime. The Huskies won 76-63.
Tommy Freeman, who eventually became the school's all-time three-point leader with 259, beat rival Miami (Ohio) 70-68 at the buzzer on Feb. 24, 2010. That win helped propel the Bobcats to a four-game run through the MAC tournament, beating Ball State, Kent State, Miami and Akron. Ohio then upset Georgetown in the NCAA tournament.
Kevin Baker hit a three at the buzzer for a 43-42 win at Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 10, 1996. He stole an inbounds pass from Wally Szczerbiak with two seconds left and then hit a three for the win. It was the first of three wins over Miami that season and was one of five threes Baker hit in two years as a Rocket.
In the 1998 NCAA tournament, the 11th-seeded Broncos beat sixth-seeded Clemson in a first-round game in Chicago. Rashod Johnson went 8 of 15 from beyond the three-point arc and had a game-high 32 points, which at the time was a Midwest Regional record.