Entering Saturday, Butler senior Roosevelt Jones had, somewhat famously, never made a college three-pointer.
Despite being a wing player and a four-year regular (and one of those guys who seems to have played in college forever), the forward was 0-3 in his career behind the arc, having not even attempted a shot from long range since the 2012-2013 season.
That changed Saturday, in dramatic fashion.
— FS1 (@FS1) January 30, 2016
Not only did that shot come at the buzzer and about 70 feet from the basket, it tied the score heading into halftime in a game Butler really needed to win. (Postscript: The Bulldogs fell to Marquette, 75-69. Butler is now 3-6 in the Big East Conference, but most of those six losses have come to high-quality teams.)
Naturally, Jones had to throw in a dab to top off the accomplishment.
Roosevelt jones 3/4 court buzzer beater and dab! https://t.co/24ZbUY5wkz
— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) January 30, 2016
Jones was averaging a career-high 14.5 points per game heading into Saturday’s clash against Marquette. This is the third straight season the 6-foot-4 forward has averaged double figures, after putting up 7.8 points per contest as a freshman.
Entering the game, Jones had attempted 1,148 career two-pointers and only three three-pointers. He had made 529 two-pointers and zero three-pointers. (It’s unclear why the commentator in the above clip calls Saturday’s heave Jones’ second three; it was definitely his first).
He certainly made his first one count.