The events Wednesday night at McLeod Center weren’t limited to Northern Iowa’s 71-63 win over Illinois State. A halftime promotion, a half-court shot and some controversial time-keeping led to confusion.
Northern Iowa student Dalton Hinsch had to hit a layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a halfcourt shot within a certain timeframe — and if he did, he would win $10,000. After completing the first three, Hinsch dashed back to halfcourt and let it fly as the McLeod Center emcee counted down.
The crowd went wild, as did Hinsch, thinking he had won the prize. But moments later, those cheers were followed by boos as a controversial decision was made.
Hinsch didn’t get the half-court shot off in time.
A video of the entire sequence surfaced on Twitter hours later, showing Hinsch completing everything in 27 seconds. Many thought he had been robbed, believing the time restriction to complete the four-shot task was 30 seconds.
But Northern Iowa’s athletics department cleared things up Thursday with a mid-morning tweet.
“Last night, @DaltonHinsch put in an incredible performance completing the $10,000 shot in 27 seconds,” the verified account with more than 20,000 followers tweeted. “Unfortunately the insurance rules are it must be completed in 24 seconds with no rebound help. @cbseeds wants to congratulate him with $2,000, a free trip to Arch Madness, & gear!”
CB Seeds is a company out of Parkersburg, Iowa.
It wasn’t the $10,000 Hinsch was looking for, but the consolation prize was a nice touch to an unfortunate situation.
He seemed satisfied, tweeting Thursday afternoony: “Thank you Everyone! @UNIAthletics is compensating me with some tickets to the MVC tournament, $2,000 from @cbseeds, and some cool gear!”
Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.