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VIDEO:Troy Daniels hits 11 threes in a game, has taken 15 twos this year?

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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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VIDEO: Shane Richards’ shot lifts shorthanded Manhattan

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Thanks to injuries and the departure of Jermaine Lawrence, the beginning of the season has been difficult for Steve Masiello’s Manhattan Jaspers. Entering Wednesday’s game against George Mason, which was coming off of a surprising run to the Charleston Classic title game, with just six available players the Jaspers looked to pick up their first win of the season.

And Manhattan was successful, with a Shane Richards three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining being the difference in their 69-67 win at Draddy Gymnasium. Below is video of the game-winning play, courtesy of Manhattan Athletics.

Richards (13 points) was one of three Jaspers to reach double figures, with Rich Williams leading the way with 26 points and nine rebounds and Thomas Capuano adding 14 points. What also helped the Jaspers was the fact that they forced 25 George Mason, converting those opportunities into 24 points.

Not sure if Manhattan and George Mason are due to play again next season, but the last two meetings have produced dramatic outcomes. The Patriots won last year’s game in Fairfax on a Jalen Jenkins’ 75-footer as time expired.

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UNLV hangs on for 72-69 win over No. 13 Indiana

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) UNLV answered every run by Indiana, and the Runnin’ Rebels were able to hang through the frantic final seconds for a 72-69 victory over the 13th-ranked Hoosiers on Wednesday.

The game had the intensity of a February conference matchup and just enough mistakes to make sure it was November.

“One of the reasons we came to Maui, other than it was exciting for our fans, was to play against the best,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “See how we match up. See where we’re good. See where our deficiencies are, and now we’ll have all next week to practice.”

Patrick McCaw had 20 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (5-1), who bounced back from their opening loss to UCLA with wins over Chaminade and the Hoosiers (4-2), who leave Hawaii with just one win in three games.

“This is a test,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “The eight teams walking out of here, no matter what, in three days are getting tested. All right? Even if the champion tonight blows through it, whoever the champion is, they’re still getting tested because you’re playing three games in three days against very high level competition.”

Indiana trailed by 15 points in the first half and turned on some solid defense to get back in the game. The Hoosiers closed to 55-53 with 8:20 to play. The Runnin’ Rebels then went on a 12-1 spurt, with McCaw scoring seven of the points, including a run-closing 3.

“Coming in, we knew since Indiana is a great offensive team, we really had to lock down and play defense,” Ike Nwamu said. “It was really paramount for us to execute defensively.”

The Hoosiers weren’t done. They got within three points twice in the final 30 seconds. The first time was on a dunk by Thomas Bryant off a tremendous pass from a flying Yogi Ferrell. UNLV’s Jerome Seagears made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 13 seconds left to make it 72-67.

Max Bielfeldt’s drive for Indiana with 7.5 seconds remaining provided the final margin, but the game was far from over.

Nwamu missed two free throws with 7.1 seconds left, and Indiana gave the ball back to UNLV on a 5-second count on the inbounds. UNLV then threw the ball away on an inbounds pass. Nick Zeisloft’s 3-point attempt was partially blocked by Ben Carter, and Nwamu was fouled on the rebound. He missed both free throws with .8 seconds left, but all Indiana could get off was a heave that was well short.

“I knew my man set the screen. I knew they were looking for a 3,” Carter said of the blocked shot. “I saw Pat was trailing his man a little bit, so I knew I had to help. Luckily I was able to get the tip on the ball and it was a pivotal play.”

Crean said he wouldn’t change the play.

“That was excellent. They made an athletic play. But he did a good job taking the shot,” Crean said.

Carter and Nwamu had 16 points apiece for UNLV, and Seagears added 12.

“These kind of games, it’s so much about momentum,” Rice said. “It’s about a big stop here, a big basket here. We always focus on what happens at the end of the game. And that’s obviously critically important. … It’s an entire game. That’s why we focus on it’s every play throughout the course of 40 minutes.”

Zeisloft led the Hoosiers, who lost to Wake Forest in the final seconds in their opener, with 17 points, and James Blackmon Jr. had 13. Indiana had 21 turnovers that led to 22 points for the Runnin’ Rebels.

“We got ourselves in a hole at the beginning with our turnovers, and you’re not going to beat any type of team, let alone one as talented as UNLV, when you’re giving them 22 points,” Crean said. “It’s unacceptable with the guys that have the ball in their hands for us to be giving the ball that way, and we’ve got to get that fixed. We really do, or we’ve got to fix the lineup.”