Just as coach Hee-Jung Joo predicted, 3-point shooting explosion beats Yonsei
KU exploded from three-point range and completely dominated Yonsei, just as head coach Joo Hee-jung expected.
KU defeated Yonsei 62-45 in a home game of the 2023 KUSF University Basketball U-League at KU’s Hwajung Gymnasium on the 25th. KU extended its winning streak to 10 games and retained sole possession of first place, while Yonsei suffered its first loss in nine games.
The final score was 17 points, but KU led 60-30 with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter. It was a complete domination of Yonsei.메이저놀이터
This is the first time KU has won a regular season game against Yonsei by 17 points. The previous largest margin of victory was 14 points (74-60 in 2012 and 93-79 in 2017).
It was also the first time KU was held to less than 50 points. Yonsei’s previous lowest point total in a game was 53 points against KU last year.
KU’s defence and three-point shooting were key to their complete victory over their rivals.
“If we don’t make 3-pointers, it will be a close game, and if we make 3-pointers, we will win by 20 points,” KU head coach Joo Hee-jung said before the game.
KU was shooting 32.6 per cent (78-of-239) from three-point range prior to this game. They shot just 13.0 per cent (3-of-23) from three-point range against Kyung Hee University, but exploded for 18 three-pointers (58.1 per cent) against Myongji University.
Prior to this game, KU was the top three-point shooter in the conference at 8.7 per game, but they have had their ups and downs.
This was one of those days when the 3-pointers were falling.
After falling behind early in the game, KU turned the tide with a three-pointer from Moon Yoo-hyun and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Yoon Ki-chan to end the first quarter at 14-12.
KU didn’t score much from under the basket, but slowly increased its lead with its three-point shooting.
KU made 12 three-pointers on the day. Their three-point percentage was also higher than usual at 38.7 per cent (12/31). This was in contrast to Yonsei, which shot just 5.3 per cent (1/19) from three-point range.
KU’s three-point shooting, as predicted by coach Joo Hee-jung, led to a victory that virtually sealed the regular season title.
For reference, KU is currently averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game. The team is on pace to surpass its 2012 KU record of 8.5.