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Purchase shooting for 3-point supremacy this week

Wanna see history in the making? Shoot over to the Stan Sheriff Center this Thursday and Saturday, and you’ll see the most prolific 3-point shooter in University of Hawai’i basketball history.

Jack Purchase, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from Australia, is one 3-pointer away from tying the UH career record for 3-pointers. In 83 career games (so far) dating to the 2016-17 season, Purchase has 179 3-pointers. The current record is 180 set by Zane Johnson from 2010-12.

The list of prolific 3-point shooters in the Hawai’i basketball program’s record book is an impressive one. Johnson, Michael Kuebler, Predrag Savovic, Trevor Ruffin, Cal English, Alika Smith … 

Purchase should be at the top of the list by week’s end. The Rainbow Warriors host Cal Poly on Thursday, then UC Riverside on Saturday.

Purchase already owns the career record for 3-point attempts, currently at 493. The previous mark was 471, set by Predrag Savovic from 1999-2002.

In summary, Purchase likes to shoot the 3, and he’s very good at it.

This season, he is 57 for 152 from 3-point range. He is the only player in UH history to make at least 50 3-pointers in three different seasons.

What’s more, Purchase is having his best overall season in his UH career. He is currently averaging career-bests for points (11.6) and rebounds (5.8), and has made at least one 3-pointer in 22 of 23 games this season.

Purchase is also shooting 84.4 percent on free throws this season, and has a career free throw percentage of .805. That would have a chance to rank in UH’s career top 10 as well, but he will likely not have enough free throw attempts to qualify for the list.

Here is the list of UH’s top 3-pointers made in a career:

1. Zane Johnson (2010-12) 180
2. Jack Purchase (2016-19) 179
3. Predrag Savovic (1999-2002) 178
4. Carl English (1999-2003)  162
5. Alika Smith (1994-98) 161
6. Mike McIntyre (1998-2002) 159
7. Michael Kuebler (2002-04) 143
8. Bobby Nash (2003-08) 142
9. Matt Gibson (2004-08) 129
10. Trevor Ruffin (1992-94) 122

Here is the list of UH’s top 3-pointers attempted in a career:

1. Jack Purchase (2016-19) 493
2. Predrag Savovic (1999-2002) 471
3. Zane Johnson (2010-12) 468
4. Mike McIntyre (1998-2002)  426
5. Alika Smith (1994-98) 422
6. Carl English (1999-2003) 414
7. Bobby Nash (2003-08) 405
8. Matt Gibson (2004-08) 397
9. Michael Kuebler (2003-08) 370
10. Trevor Ruffin (1992-94) 333

HAWAI’I (14-9, 5-4 Big West) vs. CAL POLY (5-17, 1-8 Big West)
When:
Thursday, February 14, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Television: Live on Spectrum Sports – Channels 12 (SD) and 1012 (HD).
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV (Must be a Spectrum cable subscriber to stream in Hawai’i).
Radio: Live on ESPN 1420 AM. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KPUA on the Big Island, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Audio Webcast: ESPN1420am.com/Sideline Hawai’i App.
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Ticket Information: Lower Level – $30 for all seats. Upper Level – $18 or $20 for adults, $16 or $18 for senior citizens (ages 65 and older), $5 or $7 for students (ages 4 through high school). Upper level prices vary by section. UH Manoa students free with validated ID. Parking is $6.

Promotions:
First Hawaiian Bank is the sponsor of Thursday’s “Valentine’s Night” game.

  • Carnation flowers will be passed to the first 200 ladies.
  • Register for the First Hawaiian Bank halftime contest at Gate A for the chance to win an Echo Smart Speaker and gifts cards.
  • Fans are encouraged to wear pink for Valentines Day.

1 Comment

  1. Underrated player for this basketball team over the past 3 years. His toughness on the inside (defensively and rebounding) plus his outside shooting, and more recently this year his mid-range shot, and his great passing for a big man have all made him the perfect stretch 4 mold for the Eran Ganot team. Thankful for all that he’s done, and hopefully he can cap it off with this shooting record as well as a BWC Tourney championship.

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