The intention of the NCAA's newly adopted three-point shot rule was, of course, to help out the little guy. But after UC Irvine's season-opening 109-101 victory over Nebraska Friday night, the Cornhuskers came away shaking their heads and wondering just where all this charity stops.
At 5-11, Irvine guard Scott Brooks was the smallest player on the Crawford Hall floor. But from 19-9--three-point territory--Brooks was able to take control of the game as no 7-foot rim-eater can.
Setting a school record for most points by a guard, Brooks hit 10 of 19 field goal attempts and 5 of 12 three-point tries en route to a career-high 36 points.
Twenty-six of them came in the second half, during which the Anteaters trailed by as many as nine points (65-56). But, in less than seven minutes, Brooks reeled off 15 points to drastically rearrange the game.