May 21, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - Former Western Carolina men's basketball player, Ronnie Carr, put both himself and the Catamount program into the college basketball record books. In the first half against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 29, 1980, Carr drained the first 3-pointer in NCAA history in WCU's historic Reid Gym.
With the recent talk about moving the NCAA 3-point line back, Carr's name and Western Carolina are again thrust into the spotlight, prompting the following feature story from the web site, Rivals.com.
Three-point era got its start from Ronnie Carr
By Steve Megargee Rivals.com College Basketball Staff Writer
A cruel twist of fate ended Ronnie Carr's career prematurely, but it couldn't prevent him from earning a place in basketball history. The Western Carolina guard already had achieved that much with one flick of the wrist.
This shot with 16:09 remaining in the first half in 1980 was college basketball's first three-pointer.
Carr made the first 3-point shot in college basketball history on Nov. 29, 1980, when he connected from the left corner in a 77-70 victory over Middle Tennessee State.