Miller shoots past UPJ 3-point record

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Mara Schall

Pitt-Johnstown’s Jordan Miller takes a shot from behind the arc over an opposing defender last thursday

Nick Roth, Staff Writer

Pitt-Johnstown senior guard Nick Novak attacked the lane as the defense collapsed around him. Novake found an open Jordan Miller, who did not hesitate to knock down the three-point shot.

Senior Jordan miller hit his record-breaking shot Jan. 26 against West Virginia Wesleyan College in front of a home crowd.

Pitt-Johnstown won the whiteout game 76-68 with the aid of four Miller three-point field goals.

Miller broke Danny Branch’s previous three-point record of 269, ending the game with 271 three-point field goals made.

Branch, a 2011 graduate, was in attendance to pose for a photo with miller to commemorate the broken record.

“It feels great, with all the great players that have come through here (Pitt-Johnstown),” Miller said.

“It’s a blessing.”

Novak said team members don’t mind passing to Miller for a shot.

“He shoots a good percentage, so we have a lot of confidence passing to him.”

“He has to work hard without the ball to get open because he is recognized long-range shooter.”

Novak said opposing teams focus defensively on Miller whenever he sets up on the three-point line.

“Teams chase him like crazy off screens. If not, he will knock down the shot.”

Miller has made 59 of 119 shots from behind the arc this year, a 49.6 three-point percentage. Miller ranked second in Division II in this category. Miller averages just over three three-pointers per game.

Miller’s prficiency in three-point shooting can ve seen in his high school career as well.

he played ball for Central Cambria High School, ending his career ranked fifth in Pennsylvania history with 283 successful three-point field goals.

Of Miller’s 2,105 career points in high school, 849 were from three-pointers. He was also recognized on Pennsylvania’s All-Time Scoring List, ranking No. 97.

Pitt-Johnstown still has five regular-season games scheduled, giving Miller the opportunity to keep adding to the record.

Miller has been an offensive weapon since he stepped on the court his freshman year, said head coach Bob Rukavina.

Miller has averaged double figures since entering the starting line-up his sophomore year.

“He has worked very hard in the weight room and on the court to make himself the best player he can possibly be,” said Rukavina.