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Eric Hayes wins men's three-point shooting championship

UPDATED at 8:55 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes won the men's three-point shooting championship Thursday night at the Indiana Convention Center. Hayes became the first Terrapin and the fifth ACC player to win the contest, which is in its 22nd year of existence.

Competing against Hayes in the three-point shooting championship were Vanderbilt's Jermaine Beal, Wisconsin's Jason Bohannon, Northern Iowa's Ali Farokhmanesh, New Mexico's Roman Martinez, California's Jerome Randle, UCLA's Michael Roll and Cornell's Ryan Wittman.

The event consisted of three rounds, with each round scored separately. There were five stations located around the three-point arc. A rack containing five balls (four orange, one black) marked each station. Baskets made with orange balls were worth one point, while baskets made with black balls were worth two points. Each player had 60 seconds in each round to shoot as many balls as possible at each station.

Hayes led all shooters in the first round with 24 points. He made his first 12 three-pointers and shot 20 for 25 in the first round. Hayes, Bohannon, Wittman and Roll advanced to the second round.

Hayes also tallied the most points in the second round (19) and moved on to the final round, where he squared off against Wittman.

Wittman, the son of Washington Wizards assistant coach Randy Wittman, shot first and registered 15 points in the final round. Hayes stepped up next and calmly registered 17 points. He drained the money ball on his final shot to claim the win.

Maryland Coach Gary Williams, who was standing off to the side of the court, gave a fist pump of approval.

About 50 minutes later, Hayes took on the winner of the women's three-point shooting championship -- University of Detroit Mercy's Brigid Mulroy. Hayes went first and tallied 22 points. Mulroy stepped up next and nearly was able to keep pace. She missed her final shot and ended up with 21 points.

By Steve Yanda  |  April 1, 2010; 8:05 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Yanda! How bout a spoiler alert buddy?? Was looking forward to watching this all week, thanks for ruining it.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 1, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for ruining my last experience with Hayes before it started Yanda. Do you ever think before you write? It would have been nice to see this unfold in front of me, but now I already know what happens. Do you ever think before you write?

Posted by: homertuckumd | April 1, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Where is the youtube. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | April 1, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Big congrats to Eric! Knew Mr. Smooth could do it.

Posted by: MrScrotums | April 1, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I've replayed the footage a few times, and Mulroy was never credited with the Money ball that she hit on the fourth rack, the points for which would have made her the winner. It appears that they screwed up. She should have been declared the winner, not Hayes.

Posted by: nydavid1 | April 1, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

nydavid1, replay it again. There's a reason she was never credited with the Money ball on the fourth rack. She did not hit the money ball on the fourth rack...

Posted by: Barno1 | April 1, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Barno's right. The announcer said she did, but in replaying on my non-HD set I focused on the net and the ball did not fall through it.

Posted by: MrScrotums | April 1, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Mulroy did shoot something... the middle finger right after the miss. Who knows what was said to her but there were too many cameras around to make that mistake.. of course since she is a female, no one will say anything.

Posted by: jmj6879 | April 1, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Well done Eric.

Posted by: erniegogo | April 2, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Great job Eric! Nicely done!

Posted by: charles20001 | April 2, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

great job Eric

Posted by: charlietuna666 | April 2, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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