JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wofford Guard Fletcher Magee went from setting the NCAA Division I record for career 3-pointers to another NCAA record he probably wants him to give back.
Magee went 0-to-12 from the 3-point line in a 62-56 loss to Kentucky on Saturday, most attempting the distance without a mark in an NCAA tournament game. Then Magee blamed herself for the loss and said, "I just feel like I'm letting everyone down."
"I just needed to hit a few shots," he said. "We had the torque sometimes, and I had a big shot, and it didn't end up going in, but I have to own it and swallow it. I went in there, I prepared as I always prepared "I did everything I ever did, I shot them, how I always shoot them. They just didn't go in." Kentucky chose to have Tyler Herro guard Magee, and Herro said his No. 1
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Magee was 0-for-11 on contested 3-pointers, an area where he was successful against Seton Hall, which went 6-to-11. Although Magee said Kentucky did a good job on him, he did not necessarily think that Wildcats played him differently from his other opponents.
"I've shot the shots I got tonight against each team in SoCon, every other team I've played," said Magee. "They weren't harder, I just didn't shoot well, some of them felt good and short, some of them felt good and were long, and some of them were right. That's just what's happening."
In the first round of the NCAA tournament against Seton Hall on Thursday night, Magee Division set 3-career 3-point record after making seven 3-pointers against Pirates. He ends his Wofford career with 509 3-pointers.
His previous career-worst game without a 3 came earlier this year in a 0 to 9 show in Kansas on December 4, a game Wofford lost 72-47, its lowest point in all of the season. It was the fourth time in his four-year career he failed to make a 3.
What was most hurt on Saturday was knowing how close Terriers played Kentucky, and the idea that only a few shots could go into difference .
"The turn we've been on – doesn't seem to end up on a game that goes 0-to-12 from 3, and if I go 3-to-12, we win the game" Magee said. "I just don't understand how it happens. I'm sure I won't really get over it for a while. Sometimes it's such a game."
"If I wanted the game a little below average, we would still have beaten Kentucky," he added. "It was just a terrible achievement from me and we lost."
Magee, known for his ability to take and shoot from any angle, said he felt his shot was a little out of the way at the start of the game. But in the second half he felt good about the shots he took and thought if he could just make one, they would all start to fall. It also did the coaching staff who never woke up in their belief that he would get started. They've seen him do too many 3's – just as he did with his clutch performance in the opening round – to start walking away from him.
"It's athletics, it's hard to understand," said Wofford coach Mike Young. "The baseball player who goes 4-to-5, knocks four home runs the day before and goes 0-to-5 and three strikeouts, and he's in a rut. It's athletics. That's happening. I know how much he puts it in and how devastated he is, but we get him through it busy. He is a full time. "
To his credit, Magee not only answered every question during his press conference after the game, he answered all questions in the open closet afterwards, who owns his performance.
"It hasn't really hit me on what just happened," he said. "I'm still in shock."