Men's Basketball

Clayton Custer Wins National Three-Point Competition

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixLoyola redshirt senior guard Clayton Custer dribbles the ball up against Illinois State Feb. 2.

Although Loyola couldn’t make it back to the NCAA Tournament this season, Clayton Custer will bring home some hardware prior to the Final Four.

Custer won the State Farm Men’s Three-Point Competition Thursday night — a national competition that features eight players from around the country. Other notable players to participate in the event over the last 30 years include Steve Nash and former Chicago Bulls guard and Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year Kyle Korver, who ranks fifth on the NBA’s all-time three-point list.

Wofford College guard Fletcher Magee — who, in this year’s NCAA Tournament, broke the all-time record for made three-pointers in NCAA history — participated in this year’s event, but was knocked out in the semifinals.

In the first round, Custer scored 17 points and advanced to the semifinals as one of the top four scorers. He dropped 19 in the second round to advance to the championship and went on to win 18-14 in the final round against University of Central Florida guard BJ Taylor.

Later, in the co-ed championship, Custer fell to Central Michigan University guard Presley Hudson 25-15. Hudson won the women’s side of the tournament.

This year, Custer shot at 37.2 percent clip from outside, which was down from 45.1 percent last year when he won MVC Player of the Year and led Loyola to the Final Four. During his three-year career as a Rambler, he went 41.1 percent from three-point territory.

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