Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 6, 2005) - PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Park University (Mo.) men's basketball team may have knocked off defending national champion and eighth-ranked John Brown University (Ark.), 62-48, but the Pirates could not contain senior guard Brandon Cole, as he set a new collegiate record for consecutive games with a three-point shot made. Cole hit the record-setting jumper eight minutes into the first half to continue his streak and surpasses all collegiate records (both divisions of the NAIA and all three divisions of the NCAA). A native of Hector, Ark., he finished with 16 points on 4-of-22 shooting from the field (3-of-14 three-pointers). The owner of the longest 3-point shooting streak in the history of college basketball, Cole was named the 2005 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player as he led John Brown to the championship title with a 65-55 victory against Azusa Pacific University (Calif.). Cole has made a three-point shot in every collegiate game of his career. Cole ranks ninth in the NAIA in career made 3-point field goals with 436, and 12th for all four-year College and Universities (NAIA and NCAA). The NAIA record was previously held by Mike Penberthy of The Master's College (Calif.) with 111 consecutive games. Penberthy continued his basketball career after graduation, spending a few years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Current NCAA Record Holders: NCAA DI - 88, Cory Bradford, Illinois 1998-2001 NCAA DII - 93, Daniel Parke, Rollins 1994-1997 NCAA DIII - 75, Chris Carideo, Widener 1992-95
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