SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) – The 3-ball was falling early and often for the Terriers on Monday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. So much so, that Wofford set an NCAA Division I men’s basketball record by shooting 17-of-21 (81 pct.) from beyond the arc on its way to a 92-60 victory over Southern Conference foe VMI.
Wofford’s 81-percent showing from the perimeter is the highest 3-point field goal percentage in the history of men’s Division I basketball (min. 20 attempts). Fletcher Magee led the barrage, shooting 9-for-10 from beyond the arc, making his first seven attempts and scoring a career-high 34 points.
“If I got the ball and got a shot up, I felt like it was going to go in,” said Magee, whose nine 3-pointers were the most since Seth Chadwick set the program record with 11 against Mercer in 1997. “My teammates did a great job getting me the ball. We made a couple early and then we all started to feel it. It was fun.”
Magee’s 34 points were the most by a Terrier since Noah Dahlman had the same amount against Western Carolina in 2011 at the BenJo. Magee also set a school record for consecutive 3-pointers made with 12 dating back to last Thursday.
At one point in the first half, the Terriers made 10 consecutive 3-point attempts. Sophomore Derrick Brooks got it started to give Wofford (12-13, 8-4 SoCon) a 10-point lead just over 7 minutes into the game and the next miss didn’t come until 4 seconds remained in the half. Juniors Jaylen Allen and Eric Garcia combined for three and the other six came off the hands of Magee.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of offensive display from long range,” said head coach Mike Young in his postgame radio interview. “Fletcher is a special guy. He got those first couple down and then that thing must have looked like the size of a bathtub.
“Things like that don’t happen because you’re a good player or a good shooter. The guy is in the gym all the time. He works at it and it’s important to him.”
Wofford’s 17 made 3-pointers were one away from the school record of 18, accomplished in both 2005 and ’07. However, neither of those performances came with the accuracy on display Monday night.
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Wofford hosts Mercer (18-7, 8-4 SoCon) on Thursday. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.