From Three-point era got its start from Ronnie Carr

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,

Ronnie Carr, seen here with WCU Athletics Director Chip Smith, was honored prior to a WCU home basketball game on the anniversary of his historic shot.

Three-point era got its start from Ronnie Carr

By Steve Megargee 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.





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