Tomas Thompson had no idea of the record he was setting for the San Francisco Dons.
Thompson, a reserve junior guard, came off the bench Saturday night to connect on 8-of-8 three-point field goals and score 29 points to lead the Dons past Loyola-Marymount, 100-85, in an opening-round game of the West Coast Conference tournament.In the process, the 6-foot-5 Thompson erased the NCAA Division I 3-point accuracy record of 7-for-7, which was held by three others. The all-division record is 9-for-9, set by Jim Durrell of Colby-Sawyer, an NCAA Division III school.
"The shots were there and I was taking them," said Thompson after the win that moved the Dons (13-15) into the semifinals Sunday night against top-seeded Pepperdine (22-6).
Thompson, a native of Santa Cruz, Calif., who came from West Valley Junior College where he averaged 20 points per game and had a game-high 33 last season, made 4 of 6 first-half three pointers in a 1:38 span midway through the opening stanza.
"I felt in rhythm; it was a dream," Thompson said. "We were beating them (LMU) on the break and got wide open shots. D.J. (Darryl Johnson) and Alvin (Brown) were kicking the ball back out and I was just shooting threes."
During the season, Thompson was only 13 of 37 in 3-pointers and collected only 20 points in his first 20 games with the Dons.