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Ex-Jacket PJ Foster sets new standards for long-range shooting

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 6:00 am

P.J. Foster has grown comfortable behind the three-point line.

The former Leesburg High School standout drained 11 three pointers and scored 35 points Wednesday for Limestone College in a 76-65 win against Erskine College in Gaffney, S.C.

Both totals were NCAA Division-II career highs for Foster, a 6-foot-0 guard and maintained his standing as the nation’s best in three-point shots attempted (200) and three-point shots made (87). Officials in the Limestone’s Sports Information office said they believe Foster’s performance on Wednesday was the most prolific effort behind the arc in program history.

The Saints’ defense fed off Foster’s success from long range. He hit three-straight triples as part of a 12-0 scoring run that built a double-digit advantage for Limestone coming to open the second half.

Limestone also fashioned 9-0 and 9-1 scoring runs and led by as many as 18 points.

Foster drained 7-of-11 three-point shots in the second half and helped the Saints to hold off multiple scoring runs by the Flying Fleet. He finished the game 11-of-20 from the field, including 11-of-18 from behind the arc in 39 minutes.

Entering Wednesday, Foster had made as many as 10 three-points shots in a game and a career high of 33 points with the Saints.

For the season, Foster is averaging 20.4 points per game. He is shooting 46 percent from the field and is draining 44 percent of his triples.

He has hit at least one three-pointer in every game this season.

Foster began his college career at Brevard Community College in Melbourne in 2009 and scored 20 points in the first game. He averaged 9.8 points per game and hit 39 three pointers in his only season at BCC.

From there, Foster transferred to Pasco-Hernando College in New Port Richey in 2010 and raised his scoring average to 15.3 points per game with a career high of 37 points. He was sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association in three-point percentage.

After being redshirted his first year at Limestone, Foster stepped up as a redshirt junior to average 11.5 points per game and shot 42 percent from behind the three-point line.

Wednesday’s win boosted the Saints to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in Conference Carolinas.

Limestone College is an NCAA Division II school in Gaffney, S.C.

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