Three-point project: Southern
In the Southern Conference championship game on March 5, 2000, Rufus Leach pulled up for a three-pointer over the outstretched arm of 6-foot-10 Jody Lumpkin to break a 43-43 tie with eight minutes left against College of Charleston. The trey sparked a 17-2 run and helped the Mountaineers secure their second NCAA tournament berth with a 68-56 win. Leach scored 16 points despite missing his other eight three-point attempts and was named to the all-tournament team.
On March 9, 2009, playing College of Charleston with a league-record-tying 10th Southern Conference championship on the line, the Mocs broke open a tie game at the half with a 20-0 run. The key play: with the shot clock winding down, the ball ended up in the hands of Ty Patterson, who canned a high-arching shot from 35 feet. The Mocs won 80-69 to advance to their 10th NCAA tournament.
In a 72-65 win against College of Charleston on Feb. 8, 2010, Zach Urbanus hit 5 of 8 from three-point range, including one that gave the Bulldogs a five-point advantage with less than a minute to go to clinch the victory.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
All-time leading scorer and 2011 Mercedes Benz 3-Point Champion Andrew Goudelock scored the last eight points in regulation, capping the burst with a fadeaway three-pointer from about 28 feet over 6-foot-10 Ed Davis with two seconds left to send the Cougars to overtime against ninth-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2010. Charleston won 82-79 in overtime, the program's first victory against a Top 25 opponent since beating No. 3 North Carolina on Dec. 5, 1998.
Against Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament on March 21, 2008, Andrew Lovedale saved a ball from going out of bounds and passed to Stephen Curry, who hit a three-pointer for a 77-74 Davidson lead. The Wildcats never trailed again and won 82-76. Curry had 40 points. It was Davidsons first NCAA tournament win since 1969 and sparked a run to the Elite Eight.
On Dec. 3, 2011, freshman Austin Hamilton hit a buzzer-beater to beat Navy 51-48.
On Jan. 14, 2012, Charlie Reddick, 0 for 11 from the field, buried a three-pointer off the inbounds pass with 1.8 seconds left for a 58-55 victory at Western Carolina to snap a five-game losing streak against the Catamounts.
On Jan. 8, 1991, Wendell Charles made a halfcourter at the horn for a 63-60 victory against Murray State. Current Southern coach C.Y. Youngwas a sophomore on that team.
Tony Daughtry made four three-pointers in a 55-53 win against Arizona State at the 1996 Great Alaska Shootout, the school's first win against a power conference opponent.
Trailing 64-62 with :04 left, Travis Peterson nailed a 27-foot, game-winning three-pointer to lift the Bulldogs to a "miraculous" 65-64 victory against Murray State on Dec. 20, 2007. The bucket was "miraculous" because the referee forgot to start the clock on his waistband timer, allowing Peterson to catch, turn and shoot for the win.
With the Southern Conference allowed by the NCAA to experiment with a three-point line in the 1980-81 season, Ronnie Carr became the first player in Division I history to make a three-pointer. Carr's historic shot came at the 16:09 mark of the first half gainst Middle Tennesse State at Reid Gymnasium at about 7:06 p.m. on Nov. 29, 1980. The basketball is still on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Ian Chadwick hit back-to-back three-pointers with under three minutes to play to seal a 79-74 win over Clemson on Nov. 21, 1999. It marked the program's first win against an ACC school.