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Soccer player wins $10k in tuition

October 29, 2014

Oct. 29, 2014 — Roars of applause rocked the Bryan College gym on Monday night as the basketball Late Night Roar midnight madness event saw senior soccer player Gustavo Angel Tamayo win $10k in tuition by successfully making a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds.

Athletic Director Taylor Hasty ’06 recounted the stellar win: “With a broken left finger, Gustavo took his place at half-court. He made the lay-up and a free throw no problem, got a favorable bounce on the 3-pointer, and banked the half-court shot for the money!”

“That’s an unprecedented contest-winner,” remarked Don Rekoske, head men’s basketball coach, commenting that many college basketball players have difficulty making all of those shots in 30 seconds on the first try, let alone a soccer player who has never played competitive basketball.

Gustavo Angel Tamayo has had “zero basketball experience,” in his words, but has closely watched technique since he was introduced to the sport. He said that he had entered his name in the drawing for the contest at the beginning of the night, but was then doing video for the event when his name was selected to try for the $10k win. When the final half-court shot slammed through the net as the buzzer sounded, he was rushed by screaming friends, teammates, and classmates, who lifted him up in the air with cheers. “It was just a great feeling, especially to share it with everyone in the Bryan community,” he said.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.