Free-throw distractions, particularly in the world of college basketball, have become a competition of their own.
Rather than subscribe to all of the antics, however, Marquette student Jamey Schilling opted for a more direct approach—a bribe of sorts.
When Providence guard Kris Dunn set up at the charity stripe during a Wednesday night matchup between the Golden Eagles and the Friars, Schilling decided to give his opponent an incentive to miss his mark.
“I will literally give you $10 if you miss this shot!” he shouted, and sure enough, Dunn did.
Coincidence? Either way, Schilling is sending Providence Athletics the Alexander Hamilton he owes Dunn, along with a sportsmanlike note.
As it turns out, the sophomore may not be out $10, however. So impressed was his school with his commitment to his word (and maybe even his contribution to Marquette's 96-91 double-overtime victory) that they're rewarding him with some swag.
Lesson learned: There's always value in being a gracious winner.
As decorous (and amusing) as this gesture was, it's probably fortunate that not everyone feels the same need to follow through on their midgame proclamations.
[Twitter, h/t For The Win]