INDIANAPOLIS - He's not a basketball star, but a Butler University student is celebrating after making a half-court shot to win $18,000.
Kevin Schwartz, 21, a junior from Oak Park, Ill., had 18 seconds to try to make the improbable shot as part of ESPN's College GameDay and a State Farm contest on the floor of historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
But Schwartz didn't need the extra time -- he sank his very first attempt.
"When they asked me today, I just knew it was going in. I told the guys, 'The first one is going in,'" Schwartz said afterward.
Schwartz, who's studying risk management and insurance, is part of the practice squad that scrimmages against the Butler women's basketball team.
He said he'd been practicing half-court shots all week, but he didn't know he'd be picked for the contest until about 20 minutes before.
"It's exciting, but if you've ever seen the Butler way, if you've ever seen (men's basketball coach) Brad (Stevens) after a win, there's no more than maybe a little bit of fist pump, so you have you handle in a professional manner," Schwartz said, smiling. "It feels pretty good."
Schwartz said he'll use the money to make up for what he paid to watch the men's team compete in the Maui Invitational last fall and put the rest in the bank.
Butler takes on Gonzaga at 9 p.m. Saturday.