He Pulled Off a 4-Shot Feat for $10K. Then, Boos

College student denied prize after promo confusion will now get full prize after all after controversy
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2020 6:00 AM CST
He Pulled Off a 4-Shot Feat for $10K. Then, Boos
Ball don't lie.   (Getty Images/BZA)

A controversial call during a promotion at a college basketball game this week has been remedied. It all started Wednesday evening during a matchup between the University of Northern Iowa and Illinois State University, when Northern Iowa student Dalton Hinsch pulled off a tough feat during a timeout promotion: He sank a layup, free throw, 3-pointer, and half-court shot during a set time period, meaning he'd won $10,000. A video from UNI's McLeod Center shows he successfully hurled the final half-court shot right as the announcer finished his countdown, causing the crowd to go wild. Then, per the Des Moines Register, those cheers turned to boos as it was announced that Hinsch hadn't finished the task in time.

"Last night @DaltonHinsch put in an incredible performance completing the $10,000 shot in 27 seconds," the UNI athletics department tweeted Thursday. "Unfortunately the insurance rules are it must be completed in 24 seconds with no rebound help." The tweet noted Hinsch would get $2,000 instead and a trip to the Arch Madness tournament. That decision has since been reversed by UNI's athletics director, David Harris, who weighed in after public criticism and acknowledgment that the announcer's countdown had been confusing, per the Register. "We felt [it] was the right thing to do," he says. Hinsch, who was gracious even after the $2,000 win, is now even more thrilled. "Thank you to UNI and CB Seeds for the prize," Hinsch says in a UNI release. "I understood the rules prior to the contest, and am truly grateful for UNI and CB Seeds going above and beyond and awarding me the $10,000." (More basketball stories.)

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