Ian Clark once again ended Isaiah Canaan’s run.
But the Belmont senior couldn’t shoot his way to another championship.
Clark made it as far as the semifinals of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-point Championships on Thursday night in Atlanta. He made the final four by outshooting Canaan, of Murray State, 17-10 in a head-to-head matchup of the Ohio Valley Conference co-players of the year.
Clark also helped the Bruins end Canaan's and the Racers’ season with an overtime victory in the OVC Tournament championship last month.
But Belmont’s all-time 3-point leader in the NCAA era, failed to advance to the finals. He made 15 of 25 3-pointers, including four “money” balls worth two points each, to finish with 19 points. Both Indiana’s Jordan Hulls and VCU’s Troy Daniels scored 23 points to reach the finals. Daniels won both the men’s and overall championship, outlasting women’s champion Aulani Sinclair from Indiana.
Middle Tennessee State’s all-time 3-point leader, senior Kortni Jones, didn’t last long in the women's event. Jones missed six of her first seven shots to finish with 11 points and failed to advance out of the first round.
Former Vanderbilt standout John Jenkins, who never competed in the 3-point contest, was also on hand. Jenkins, in his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks, sat in the first row.