NAIA star makes 3-pointer in record 112 straight games
LITTLE ROCK -- Brandon Cole was as surprised as anyone when he learned he has made a 3-pointer every game of his college career, setting a collegiate record for successive games in which a player has scored from long range.
"I had no clue," said Cole, a senior at John Brown University in Arkansas.
Cole set the record Dec. 5 when he made a 3-pointer for the 112th straight game. He had three in John Brown's 62-48 loss at Park of Missouri, breaking Mike Penberthy's NAIA mark.
Penberthy made a 3-pointer in 111 straight games while at The Master's College in California. The NCAA record of 93 games is held by Daniel Parke of Division II Rollins. The NCAA Division I record is 88 games by Illinois' Cory Bradford.
This season, a John Brown assistant found that Cole was closing in on the overall mark, but the staff didn't want to put pressure on him. Cole didn't find out until he'd tied the record in a Dec. 1 loss to Lyon of Arkansas.
Cole was the most valuable player of the NAIA tournament last season, leading John Brown to the national title. This season, the Golden Eagles are 3-6. Cole is averaging 22.8 points per game, but no teammate is averaging more than 12.
"He draws a lot of attention every night," coach John Sheehy said Monday. "The things that he did his freshman and sophomore year to get good shots; we've got to work that much harder now to get them."
Cole has remained productive, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range this season.
Still, he's a little amazed at the record.
"I've definitely had some bad shooting games," Cole said. "It's kind of weird to think those bad shooting games I made just that one in a certain time that made the difference."
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