LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Covenant men's basketball sophomore James Mitchell made 121 3-pointers during the 2017-18 season and the sophomore earned an NCAA Division III statistical co-title for his efforts, as the NCAA finalized its basketball statistics recently.
Mitchell tied with Aston Francis of Wheaton (Ill.) with those 121 made 3-pointers for the Division III statistical title. Only 11 players in all of Division III made 100 or more 3-pointers on the year. Additionally, only eight other players from all levels of NCAA men's basketball made more 3-pointers than Mitchell did this past season.
Mitchell, a sophomore from Macon, Ga., set the program's single-season record for triples during the year and was just three shy of tying the USA South single-season record. The sophomore was sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage at 44.5 percent and was the only player in the league to make 100-plus 3-pointers.
For Mitchell, it did not matter where the game was played. The sophomore made 75 of his 3-pointers away from home (4.17 per game) and made 46 triples at Barnes PE Center.
During the season, Mitchell had 13 games in which he made five or more 3-pointers. He had a career-high nine 3-pointers and had 27 points in Covenant's 120-110 win at Rhodes on Dec. 19. Mitchell also made eight 3-pointers on two occasions during the year including in a win at Huntingdon (Jan. 27) and in a victory at home over Ferrum (Feb. 10).
Mitchell became the first Covenant player since Josh Suddath in 2005-06 to make 100 or more 3-pointers in a season.
In addition to Mitchell, Covenant had two other players finish in the top five in national stat leaders in Division III. Caleb Haynes finished second in field goal percentage at 71.2 percent, while Bailey Spragg was fourth in both steals (87) and steals per game (3.22).
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