While at the game last Sunday, it never dawned on me that this would turn into much more than a simple division one ball game, but boy was I wrong.
The Hawkeyes were off to a quick start as Isaiah Moss and phenom point guard Jordan Bohannon drained a barrage of three pointers. Bohannon pouring in seven three pointers wasn’t the highlight of his night, as he would find that highlight in the second half of the game as he stepped up with a chance to break the Iowa record for most consecutive free throws made.
Bohannon made the first and the crowd erupted in excitement as Bohannon was only one free throw shy of the record. Everyone around me were applauding and some were even chanting “JBo” as my favorite player from Iowa was going to have his name in the record books. As he stepped up for his second the cheers were also met with chants of “Chris”. You could then feel the emotion change in the gym as the chants turned to what seemed like heckling. Bohannon was quick to take his free throw; that ended up being short as it bounced off the rim. All the fans started cheering, as they understood why Bohannon missed the shot. One might think that Bohannon choked, but there is much more to the story. In 1993, a star forward, bred in Iowa named Chris Street was leading an old Iowa team, even by his freshman year. Street was an all around player and leader who was loved by all his fellow teammates and Iowa fans. During the season of 1993, Street set the record for most consecutive free throws made with 34, but did not have the chance to extend the record, as Street died only two days later in a car crash. “That is not my record to have,” said Bohannon when asked why he missed the shot. It's easy to be a good player in the NCAA, but it takes hard work to be an amazing character.