HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall guard DeVince Boykins doesn't shoot a lot from 3-point range. Yet when he does, especially recently, he's been making it count.
The redshirt sophomore's volume of attempts doesn't stand out, but his accuracy has become a boost for the Thundering Herd men's basketball team. It's something the Herd (8-15, 2-6 Conference USA) can use, especially entering its next game Friday at Southern Mississippi (9:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
Boykins started the season slowly, both in attempts and precision. In Marshall's first 10 games, he took just seven 3-pointers, making just two. A solid game in Marshall's win over Alice Lloyd, though, turned things around.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard hit two of three 3-pointers in that game, finishing with eight points in 24 minutes. Including that game, Boykins has gone 11 for 25 from beyond the arc (44 percent) in his last 13 games. In eight conference games, he's made half his 3-pointers, hitting seven of 14.
Boykins said his improved shooting has been a matter of improved confidence.
"The biggest thing is having the confidence to knock down the shot," he said,
"Especially within the flow of the game. A lot of people have nerves when it comes to the game. But with the help of my teammates and the help of my coaches, they pretty much just back me and tell me to shoot the ball whenever the ball gets swung to me."
Marshall coach Tom Herrion said Boykins has put in plenty of work in developing his perimeter shot. He likes the look of the shot when it leaves his hands. And 3-point shooting is a category where most of the Herd struggles. At 40.6 percent overall from 3-point range, Boykins is the only Marshall player above the 40-percent threshold.