A Missouri State University basketball player made an incredible shot from half court, just as time was running out on Sunday, to beat the Illinois State Redbirds.
Jarred Dixon was the man who brought it home for his fellow Bears, sinking the three-pointer as the buzzer went off at the John Q. Hammons Arena in Springfield.
The six-foot-four senior guard’s quick moves took the final score to 66-65, coming back to unexpectedly toss another one in the W column after finishing the first half with a five point deficit in the NCAA Division 1 game.
Dixon was caught on camera completing the fantastic fete was several different angles, which MSU put together in a super-cut shared on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
It looked like the game was all but over, as the Redbirds moved to inbound the ball as the clock wound down at the ‘Q,’ as MSU students call the student center where the game was being played.
But MSU junior guard Keandre Cook (#1) got his hands on the ball for a moment, disrupting what could’ve been an easy win for Illinois State.
Cook couldn’t quite hang on to it, though, and the loose ball bounces around for a few seconds, gathering touches from both sides.
‘Loose ball, time winding down,’ the announcer says, as players on each team dive across the court, trying to regain possession.
Then, the ball found its way to the hands of number 11 Dixon, who leaped into the air and sent it sailing toward the hoop in the final seconds.
‘Dixon, in desperation…’ the announcer says as the ball makes it way into the net.
Instantly, the crowd at the Bears’ home arena erupts to its feet and bench rushes the court.
The coaching staff joins the team as well, jumping and shouting with excitement and waving their arms, overjoyed with their player’s performance.
Amidst all of this, Dixon finds himself at the bottom of a dog pile, with his teammates jumping on top of him to celebrate the phenomenal shot.
Eventually the kid from Kansas City, Missouri gets pulled to his feet to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
After the win, Missouri State is now in a three-way tie with Illinois State and Drake University for second place in the Missouri Valley conference.
All three teams have a record of 7-5 in conference, but Drake’s over-all record is 18-7, Illinois’ is 14-11, while Missouri State’s is 13-12.
The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin on March 19.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Stephanie Haney