On the night Malik Story broke a record he, well, played like a broken record.
The Nevada Wolf Pack senior became the school's all-time leader in successful career 3-point shots at 228 during a 74-69 victory over the Air Force Falcons on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.
Story passed Marcelus Kemp, who had 227 3-pointers from 2004-08.
"It feels good," Story said. "But I'll look back on it when my career is done."
Story only needed two 3-pointers to set the record against Air Force. But it took him 11 attempts on one of the most frustrating shooting nights in his Wolf Pack career.
Story missed his first six 3-pointers before tying Kemp with a try early in the second half. He then missed two more before passing Kemp with a 3-pointer with 3:15 to play in the game. He would miss his final 3-point attempt with 2:58 to go.
"I was getting good looks but they just weren't going down," Story said. "I just had to keep shooting. I knew I would get the same looks in the second half. I would be letting my teammates down if I stopped shooting."
It took Story 588 3-point attempts to pass Kemp.
Kemp took 596 3-pointers to make his 227. Kemp's last successful 3-pointer came with 8:42 left against the Houston Cougars in the 2008 College Basketball Invitational at Lawlor Events Center to cut Houston's lead to 64-60. He then missed his final 3-pointer with 7:09 left and the Pack trailing Houston 64-63 in a game they would lose 80-79.
"He's always been a good shooter, even in high school," Pack coach David Carter said of Story. "He has good hands, he has a good release and he's very confident."
Carter, though, is most proud of the improvement Story has shown this year.
"This year he's better at going to the basket and finishing and getting to the free throw line," Carter said.
Story, though, needs to make shots from beyond the arc for the Pack to win games.
"We need him to be effective from the perimeter to open everything else up for us," Carter added.
The top 3-point shooters in Wolf Pack history . . .
- Malik Story (2010-13), 228
- Marcelus Kemp (2004-08), 227
- Terrance Green (1999-03), 209
- Jerry Hogan (1990-94), 185
- Jimmy Carroll (1996-98), 170