UCF History Filled with 3-Point Specialists

GO KNIGHTS Gary Johnson played on two NCAA Tournament teams and connected on 142 3-pointers in two years as a Knight.
Gary Johnson played on two NCAA Tournament teams and connected on 142 3-pointers in two years as a Knight.

Feb. 1, 2012

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Twenty-five years ago, the 3-point shot was introduced in college basketball. The 3-point line helped increase scoring and excitement in the game.

Since the 1986-87 season, UCF has had its share of sharpshooters from deep. Here is a look at some of the Knights' top 3-point shooters:

Gary Johnson, 2003-05
A confident point guard who helped guide the Knights to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005, Johnson connected on 142 triples in his two years in Orlando. His best performance came on the biggest stage when he drained 7 3-pointers on his way to 29 points against UConn in the first round of the 2005 tournament.

Mike O'Donnell, 2005-08
A threat to score from anywhere on the court, O'Donnell hit plenty of big 3-pointers during his three years with the Knights, including memorable gamewinners against host UTEP and Houston in the old UCF Arena. He hit 195 shots from behind-the-arc while at UCF and shot 39.0 percent from deep.

Harry Kennedy, 1995-97
Kennedy, who helped UCF earn a spot on the 1996 NCAA Tournament, made 175 3-pointers in only two years as a Knight. As a junior in 1996, he established a school record with eight triples versus Jacksonville State.

Isaac Sosa, 2008-11
Sosa was accurate from deep during his three years at UCF as he hit 42.2 percent of his 3-point attempts. A native of Puerto Rico, Sosa made 190 career triples.

Jermaine Taylor, 2005-09
Taylor could score in a variety of ways - which was displayed by his 26.2 points per game as a senior - and showed improvement from 3-point range each year during his time as a Knight. He connected on a school-record 251 3-pointers and hit 92 as a senior in 2008-09.

Jason Thornton, 1998-02
Perhaps the best shooter in program history, Thornton led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage in 1999-00 when he made 49.5 percent of his attempts from deep. He finished his career with 220 3-pointers.

Brad Traina, 1995-99
Traina finished his career with 156 3-pointers. His best performance from deep came in 1999 when he made eight treys versus Georgia State.

Troy Lindbeck, 2002-06
Here is an easy way to see that Lindbeck was a 3-point specialist - 120 of his 130 career made field goals were from deep. Yes, the shooting guard made only 10 non-3-point field goals during his time as a Knight. Lindbeck was a member of two NCAA Tournament squads and three 20-win teams.