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College freshman sinks half-court basket to win free tuition

For 25 seconds, this guy was an absolute superstar.


Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on Aug 24, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 2:48 am CDT

One freshman at Ball State has already learned the value of a college education—and he’s figured out a way to get it for free.

At a pep rally to celebrate the school’s newest athletic (and, ahem, academic) year, Lem Turner had the opportunity to hit a half-court basketball shot in order to win himself free tuition for a semester. Like any good financial planner, Turner absolutely nailed his attempt in front of thousands of his classmates.

Feel the excitement.

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This is the second time in three years Ball State has had to pay out the tuition—which runs about $11,000 for a semester—for a student who drilled a half-court short. Compare the video above to this one from 2013 and ask yourself how much longer the school will run this promotion.

H/T Viral Viral Videos | Screengrab via Ball State Sports Link/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 24, 2015, 9:06 am CDT