Iowa basketball player Jordan Bohannon had the opportunity to stand alone in the school record books on Sunday night, but he instead decided to honor a Hawkeyes legend.
Bohannon stepped to the free throw line late in the second half with the Hawkeyes leading Northwestern, 73-65.
The sophomore guard had made 34 consecutive free throws leading up to that moment; a make would have made him the all-time Iowa leader for consecutive free throw makes.
However, he missed the shot, preserving the record of Hawkeyes legend Chris Street, who passed away three days after setting the record back in 1993. Iowa’s game the following night, which was to be against Northwestern, was canceled.
Bohannon admitted after the game that he intentionally missed the free throw to keep Street’s legend alive.
“That’s not my record to have. That record deserves to stay in his name.”
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) February 26, 2018
“That’s not my record to have. That record deserves to stay in his name,” Bohannon said after the game.
“It’s been in my mind for a while,” he added, via Chris Leistikow of Hawk Central. “I knew I wanted to leave it short a little bit. I didn’t want to make it too obvious.”
Here is the moment Bohannon’s streak came to an end:
After the game, he admitted he missed intentionally to keep the record in Street’s name. pic.twitter.com/qHYZZDcOsJ
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 26, 2018
What an incredible gesture from the sophomore.
He could have selfishly gone for the record to begin solidifying his own legacy in the Iowa record books, but instead, he decided to honor a legend and is making a different legacy with one of the classiest moments we have seen on the court this season.