Missouri's Denmon eliminated in semis of 3-point contest

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 11:43 p.m. CDT; updated 12:12 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 30, 2012

Missouri men's basketball player Marcus Denmon advanced to the semifinals of the college 3-point shooting contest Thursday at Tulane's Fogelman Arena, before bowing out of the competition.

Northwestern's John Shurna won the event, a prelude to the NCAA Final Four, beating Temple's Juan Fernandez in the final 21-20.

Shurna also defeated USC's Ashley Corral, who was the women's 3-point champion, by a 24-14 score. Corral won her contest with 20 points.

Denmon scored 13 in the first round to make the semifinals by a point, then produced the same score in the semifinals.

Martin Methodist's James Justice, a 5-foot-9 guard with a 52-inch vertical leap, won the college slam dunk contest that followed the 3-point competition, edging out Auburn's Kenny Gabriel.

Justice gained a berth in the contest through online voting, as did last season's champion, Jacob Tucker of Illinois College.

Denmon made several guest appearances in the slam dunk contest, setting up the contestants with passes before their dunks. In the semifinals, Gabriel's one-handed windmill slam on a pass off the backboard from Denmon brought the crowd to its feet.

Miami’s DeQuan Jones reached the semifinals of the slam dunk contest and also received an assist from Denmon on an impressive dunk early in the contest. Jones was the player named in a YahooSports report as receiving improper benefits when Missouri coach Frank Haith led the Hurricanes.

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