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Grinnell player sets 3-point record -- again

February 9, 1997

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ When it comes to long-range shooters in small colleges, David Arseneualt has seen the best.

The Grinnell basketball coach saw one of his players break, then match, the NCAA Division III record in 1994. Three months later, another Pioneer joined the record books. Arseneault said he wasn’t as surprised to see that record fall as he was at who broke it.

Jeff Clement, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard, went 16-of-26 from beyond the 3-point line Saturday in Grinnell’s victory over Monmouth of Illinois. That broke the Division III record of 14 and set an NCAA all-division record.

Clement scored 50 points while playing just 19 minutes in the Pioneers’ 151-112 victory.

``Over the past few years I’ve seen as good as offensive performances as I thought I could see. This was as good as anything I’ve seen,″ Arseneault said. ``He did it in 19 minutes and didn’t get fouled with people hanging all over him. He saw a variety of different looks and just kept hitting.″

Clement broke the Division III record shared by former Grinnell players Steve Diekmann and Ed Brands. Diekmann set the record with 14 3-pointers Feb. 18, 1994, against Illinois College as a junior. He matched it Nov. 19, 1994, against Simpson. Brands matched it Feb. 24, 1996, against Ripon as a senior.

``For Jeff to have a game like this as sophomore is just phenomenal _ before he’s really gotten to full strength. He set himself up for a wonderful career,″ Arseneault said.

The Division I record of 15 is held by Keith Veney of Marshall. He set it Dec. 14, 1996, against Morehead State. Andy Schmidtmann of Wisconsin-Parkside set the Division II record of 14 Feb. 14, 1989, against Lakeland.

For Clement, setting the record came as a bit of a surprise. He had hit his previous best of seven 3-pointers twice, including a 35-point performance Jan. 25 against St. Norbert. But 50 points was more than the Grinnell native had expected.

``Every time I go out on the court I just take shots and try to keep the tempo up,″ Clement said Saturday in a telephone interview from his dorm room. ``Our system allows the 3-pointer to be thrown up. I was feeling good today _ I just got open and cashed in.″

Arseneault said Grinnell’s 54 attempts from beyond the 3-point line Saturday was one under the team average. He said the team’s goal is to shoot, then get the ball back within 10 seconds and put it up again.

Clement shot 9-of-13 from 3-point range in the first half, putting him within range of the record.

``It was obvious he was having one of those special moments. He had an opportunity for a record and I told him to go for it,″ Arseneault said. ``I’m not saying we’re about setting records. But I’m happy to see him set it.

``I don’t know what his limitations are at this point. His quickness and release are there and his confidence level is just soaring. This is not a one-game shot by any stretch.″

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