Humphrey tops Hurley's tournament record for career 3-pointers with 43


Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 2:43 a.m.

ATLANTA Lee Humphrey made NCAA Tournament history inside the Georgia Dome Saturday night. And he did it in typical Lee Humphrey fashion: with a barrage of 3s.

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Florida's Lee Humphrey looks for room to drive against UCLA.

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Humphrey broke Bobby Hurley's 14-year-old record for career 3-pointers in the NCAA Tournament by hitting four long-range shots during Florida's 76-66 national semifinal win over UCLA.

Humphrey's record-breaker came during a flurry in which he hit three 3-pointers during the opening seven minutes of the second half, part of an 18-5 run that buried the Bruins.

"It's exciting for me as a player to break that record," said Humphrey, who can add to his record 43 3-pointers on Monday night. "There's been a lot of great players in the NCAA Tournament, so it's a good record to break."

Humphrey topped Hurley's record of 42 3-point shots when he knocked down a long-range jumper with 13:22 remaining to put the Gators ahead 47-30. It came after Humphrey hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the half to tie the record.

"It's a testament to my teammates and the fact I've gotten the chance to play in a lot of (NCAA Tournament) games," Humphrey said.

Humphrey is atop some elite company on the list. Behind Duke's Hurley is Kentucky's Tony Delk with 40 and Duke's J.J. Redick with 39. But Humphrey did it much quicker than Hurley. Humphrey needed just 14 NCAA Tournament games to achieve the mark, while Hurley needed 20.

It didn't appear as though Saturday would be Humphrey's night. He struggled early, missing 3-of-4 first-half 3-pointers. But Humphrey's first-half shots weren't bad looks, they just didn't fall.

"He was just getting into a rhythm in the second half," Gator coach Billy Donovan said. "He had a lot of the same looks he had in the first half."

Fellow senior Chris Richard, who chipped in 16, applauded Humphrey's performance.

"It's me and Lee's last year," Richard said. "We wanted to win. But it was great to see him get involved."

Humphrey's big-game barrage was nothing new. Humphrey averaged 17 points during last year's Final Four. He scored 19 points against George Mason in last year's national semifinals before breaking the title game open against UCLA with several key 3-pointers in the second half.

"My teammates have great confidence in me," Humphrey said. "I know my role on this team. Tonight they did a great job passing in the post and kicking it out to me."

Contact Brandon Zimmerman at 374-5051 or

zimmerb@gvillesun.com.

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