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'Ecstatic' - Auburn student shoots Granny Style to win Golden Flake Tuition Shootout

March 1, 2017

By Jeff Shearer

AUBURN, Ala. - Just like you would expect from an accounting major, Auburn junior Ben Bode crunched the numbers.

"I thought if I got to half court, I'd have a 10-percent chance," said Bode, who won the Golden Flake Tuition Shootout Saturday, earning $5,000 off his tuition.

During halftime of Auburn's basketball game against Arkansas, Bode had 24 seconds to make a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot.

"The odds were not great," Bode said. "The toughest part was not missing a 3."

Bode made the layup, free throw and 3-pointer on his first attempt. With each shot, the crowd got louder. Ben got to half court with 10 seconds left on the clock.

"I knew going in, `I've got to get one good look at it,' rather than throwing up two or three. I could have had time if I shot normal style. I may have been able to get two, maybe even three up," he said. "I liked my chances taking my time."

<em> To the surprise of the crowd, Ben took his time, dribbling thrice before launching an underhand shot.</em>
To the surprise of the crowd, Ben took his time, dribbling thrice before launching an underhand shot.

Ben's next move caught the crowd by surprise. He dribbled three times before launching an underhand shot -- "granny style." Nothing but net.

"Ecstatic," Bode said. "I didn't really know what to feel. I was just super excited. "When it released my hands, I knew it was good. I knew it was on line. I didn't know for sure it was going in, but I felt pretty good about it.

<em> Ben knew his Granny Style half-court shot was on line.</em>
Ben knew his Granny Style half-court shot was on line.

Bode developed his unorthodox half-court method from his high school coach at Eastwood Christian in Montgomery, Chuck Jones.

"We were at a game," Bode said. "There was a $50 pot to try to shoot a half-court shot. He walks in there, pays the entrance fee. Literally, granny shot, swish, walks away. We were like, `Oh my gosh.'

"At the next practice, he said, `That's the best way to shoot half-court shots. You're not going to be off left or right. If you can get your power right.'

"Ever since then, I'll go to the gym and I'll shoot a couple just for fun," Bode said. "If I make one, I shoot another one. There have been times when I've made three or four in a row. It actually is surprisingly consistent."

Bode enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame. Friends flooded his phone with texts. Instructors emailed their congratulations. A few students he didn't know recognized him. Bode made ESPN's SportsCenter, but was not included in the show's top 10 plays.

"That was the ultimate dream," Bode said.

With a study abroad trip to Ireland this summer, the five grand will come in handy. Not a bad return for 24 seconds of work.

"It's been nuts," Bode said.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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