Dalton Hinsch is getting his full prize after all.
The Northern Iowa student was initially denied a $10,000 pirze after completing an in-game basketball shooting challenge Wednesday will, in fact, get the entire amount.
Northern Iowa athletics made the announcement Friday with a release quoting Hinsch and contest sponsor CB Seeds.
Hinsch had 24 seconds to make a layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot during a timeout in the Northern Illinois-Illinois State game at McLeod Center. He seemingly completed the four-shot task in time, only to have his half-court shot ruled too late after confusion in exactly how much time had elapsed.
The contest’s rules stated a 24-second limit, but the arena emcee’s 3-2-1 countdown, audibly heard in a Twitter video, lined up with a 27-second time frame. The arena shot clock was not allowed to be used in the course of a game — only before the game or during halftime.
Hinsch previously was going to receive $2,000, a trip to the Missouri Valley tournament and apparel. He now will still receive a package to watch the Panthers at Arch Madness, which includes tickets and a hotel stay, along with the full $10,000.
“Thank you to UNI and CB Seeds for the prize,” Hinsch said in the 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. I look forward to seeing the Panthers win it all in St Louis!”
The crowd roared when Hinsch’s half-court heave swished, then booed when the ruling was made. A Thursday morning tweet from Northern Iowa athletics outlined the official stipulations and clarified why the shot was considered late. But a steady stream of criticism, coupled with the timing confusion, led to Friday’s decision.
“There was confusion as to how much time remained when he attempted and made the half-court shot,” the release read. “Due to the confusion from the crowd and Dalton, UNI and CB Seeds have made the decision to pay Dalton the $10,000 grand prize and MVC Tournament Prize Package.”
CB Seeds, a company that focuses on premier channel dealership and treating operation as a climate fieldview dealer and seed adviser, sponsors the contest and also commented on the matter.
“We love UNI Athletics and are excited to be associated with Panther basketball,” CB Seeds’ Chuck Becker said. “We are sorry about the confusion that took place Wednesday night, but we are happy to reward Dalton for an amazing effort. We look forward to enjoying the rest of this great season and watching the Panthers continue their successful year.”
Northern Iowa has two more home games remaining, both of which will include the $10,000 shot promotion.