"I'm proud of my team", Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell said after the win.
Sad as the revelation was, it's led to a huge financial windfall after Bain's game-winner sparked a spike in donations to a GoFundMe account set up to help the player's family rebuild in the aftermath of Dorian, considered the worst national disaster in the Bahamas' history.
"My family lost a whole lot this year", Bain said on TV after Tuesday's game, fighting back tears.
But after a stunning overtime buzzer-beating layup, not only did the unranked Lumberjacks shock the No.1 Blue Devils in a nail biting 85-83 finish, but Stephen F. Austin did something no other college basketball program outside the Atlantic Coast Conference has done in almost two decades - beat Duke on its home floor.
Barnwell started coaching Bain in 2012 after the Bahamian arrived in the U.S. He says Bain was always making people laugh.
"When everything happened earlier in the year, they had my back and I just wanted to return the favour".
Pundits are already saying that this, in no way, guarantees that SFA is on its way to an NCAA at-large bid next March. The Lumberjacks received 85-83.
"I'm trying real hard not to get emotional. It's like a layup drill, and I can feel the dude on my back, so I laid it up and prayed it goes in".
The Duke basketball team looked poised to salt away the clock and perhaps score late to avoid an overtime upset by the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Tuesday night. "We had about 2.6 seconds", Bain told the network. They've made the NCAA Tournament in four of the last five years, advancing as a mid-major in 2014 and 2016. Just before the overtime buzzer sounded, SFA senior forward Nathan Bain scored the winning basket. "If we would've won, we would not be deserving of winning". The defeat will surely cost the Blue Devils at least a few spots in the poll Monday.
Duke is particularly nasty at home against nonconference opponents.
Bain said Wednesday the donation totals had "skyrocketed" when he checked the website several times after the game.
This just goes to show you that it doesn't matter how great you play if you can't fix the simple things that it takes to win tight basketball games like this one, turnovers and free throws and at the end of the day, Duke lost the battle on both of these fronts.
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