Troy Daniels set the VCU record for three-pointers in a game on Saturday.
He hit nine as the Rams knocked off Fairleigh Dickinson that afternoon. That record stood for all of four days, as Daniels broke it on Wednesday night, as he went off for 33 points, hitting 11-20 from the field — all of which came from beyond the three-point line — in a 109-58 win over East Tennessee State. He’s now shooting 44.9% from three on the season and averaged 4.4 threes per game.
The 11 threes also happened to be an Atlantic 10 record, a conference in which VCU has yet to play a league game as a member. It’s the most threes hit in a Division I game since Jamel Jackson hit 12 for Memphis against VMI in 2009. Marshall’s Keith Veney set the Division I record with 15 in a win against Morehead State in 1996.
“I didn’t know how many threes I had until after everyone told me after the game,” Daniels told Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger. “Breaking the record definitely wasn’t a goal for me. I was just out there shooting. I figured that record was going to stand for a while, but I just had the hot hand again tonight.”
I’m not sure I can remember a player going on the kind of shooting tear that Daniels currently is on. Over his last three games, the 6-foot-5 senior is 27-49 from three, a robust 55.1% clip while averaging nine threes in 16.3 attempts per game. He’s taken all of one free throw and three two-point shots during that span. If you go back to the December 7th win over Old Dominion, Daniels is 41-80 (51.3%) from three in his past six games. He was 20-56 (35.7%) heading into that game.
On the season, he’s 61-136 from three. He’s 6-15 inside the arc and 2-5 from the free throw line.
I’ve got more fun stats for you: with 136 threes on the season, Daniels is only third in the country in threes attempted, one spot ahead of CBT favorite Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss. Henderson has fired up 130 threes this year, but he’s played two less games than Daniels.
The nation’s leader in firing up three pointers is Omar Strong of Texas Southern. He’s taken 155 this season, and having only played 13 games, he’s shooting a national-best 11.9 triples per game.
Daniels, however, leads the country in threes made, which may be the stat that actually matters. He’s hit 61, one in front of Oakland’s Travis Bader.
UPDATE: Video of all 11 threes. The last two are deeeeeeep:
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