JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Woffords guard Fletcher Magee set the NCAA Division I record for career 3-pointers to another NCAA record he would certainly return.
Magee went from 0 to 12 points 3-point line in a 62-56 loss to Kentucky on Saturday, most attempts from that distance without a mark in an NCAA tournament game. Then Magee blamed herself for the loss and said, "I just feel like I've let everyone down."
"I just had to hit a few strokes," he said. "We got the momentum sometimes and I had a great chance and it did not end, but I have to get involved and swallow it in. I went in there and prepared for it, I prepared for it, I prepared everything. I did everything I did I always did them the way I shoot them, they just did not go in. "
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0-for-11 on competitive 3-pointers, an area where he had success against Seton Hall, went 6-for-11. Although Magee said Kentucky did a good job, he did not necessarily think they had played him differently than his other opponents.
"I shot the shots I got against every team at SoCon tonight, every other team I played," Magee said. "They were not difficult, I just did not shoot well, some of them felt good and were short, some of them felt good and were long and some of them were just out, which is exactly what happens."
In the first round of the NCAA tournament against Seton Hall on Thursday night, Magee set the record of 3 with three points against the pirates. He finishes his Wofford career with 509 3-hands.
His poorest game without a 3 came earlier this season in a 0-for-9 race in Kansas on December 4, a game that Wofford 72-47 had lost. the lowest total score of the season. It was the fourth time in his four-year career that he scored no 3rd.
On Saturday, it hurt the most to know how close the Terriers had been to Kentucky, and the thought that only a few shots could have made that difference.
"The ride we took part in – it does not seem right to end up with a game that goes from 0 to 12 when I go from 3 to 12, we win the game." Said Magee. "I just do not understand how that happens, I'm sure I will not really get over it for a while, sometimes the game goes like this."
"If I had played a bit below average, we would still have defeated Kentucky," he added. "It was just a terrible job, and we lost."
Magee, known for his ability to shoot and shoot from any angle, said he thought his shot was a bit crooked at the start of the game. But in the second half, he felt good about the shots he had made, and thought that if he could only make one, they would all start to fall. So did the coaching staff, who had never suffered from their belief that it would get going. You saw him make too many 3s, including his clutching performance in the opening round, to say goodbye to him.
"It's athletics, that's hard to understand," said Wofford coach. "The baseball player, who goes 4 to 5, beats four home races the day before and goes 0-5 and three hits, and he's at a dead end. It's athletics." It happens. "I know how much he puts in. He's one All-Timer. "
Not only did Magee answer each question during his post-game press conference, but he answered every question in the open locker room that had his performance.
"I was not really impressed with what happened, I'm still shocked," he said.