Will Bardaglio’s game hasn’t changed in his four years playing for the Colby-Sawyer College men’s basketball team. It hasn’t changed since high school, either.

In fact, Bardaglio says, it hasn’t changed since his days playing youth basketball.

“I’ve done the same thing this year that I’ve been doing since third grade,” Bardaglio said. “Shoot it when I’m open.”

And he’s doing it quite well.

Bardaglio, a senior captain, is one of the better shooters not just for the Chargers, but in the North Atlantic Conference.

He leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points a game. He averages 31 minutes a game and is shooting 45.3 percent (43 for 95) from beyond the 3-point arc.

His 3-point shooting percentage is good for fourth in the conference.

“He’s had a great career,” Colby-Sawyer coach Bill Foti said. “He’s been good from Day 1. He’s been a 30-minutes-a-game guy for us for four years, and those kind of players are hard to find. His role has always been the same. He is known for his shooting abilities. He is a fantastic 3-point shooter. He’s as good as anybody in the country, in my opinion anyway. He can change a game. He can blow it open.”

Bardaglio has 288 career 3-pointers. Twenty-one more, and he’ll become the school record holder in that category.

And with 12 more regular season games remaining, it may be a question of when — not if — he breaks the school record of 308 that Jim Durrell set (1991-94).

Bardaglio, however, says he tries not to think about the record.

“I’m aware of it,” he said, “but I’m not going to force up bad shots to get it. There are so many other people involved for that record to happen. It’s the guys setting the screens and the coach setting up plays. If I break it, it’s not all about me.”

Bardaglio, a Wayne native and former Maranacook standout, averaged 16.5 points a game last season. He is one of 14 players in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

He recorded that milestone in his junior season.

“He has extremely high basketball intelligence,” Foti said. “He’s a very low turnover guy and he plays solid defense. He understands the game, knows how to get open. He’s just a very smart player and is a fantastic shooter. Everyone knows we’re trying to get him threes and he still gets them.

“He’s a game-changing shooter. If he’s open and he misses, it’s news. That’s how good he is.”

He doesn’t miss much. Bardaglio enjoyed one of his best games of the season on Jan. 7 in an 86-72 win over Husson. He drained eight 3-pointers en route to scoring 33 points.

“In the second half I got it going, made some shots and got the confidence up,” he said. “I was in the zone.”

Colby-Sawyer is 7-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. The Chargers trail the University of Maine at Farmington (6-4, 6-0) by just a game in the conference standings.

“We started off slow but got back,” Bardaglio said. “We’re starting to play well together.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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