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Saulman’s swish equals cruise

Saulman’s swish equals cruise
Saulman’s swish equals cruise
Bellarmine University junior Casey Saulman, a Corydon Central High School graduate, lets the ball fly from half court during a halftime contest Jan. 3 at the university. Saulman hit the shot, winning a cruise to the Caribbean for two, valued at $2,500. Photo by Mark Sims/Bellarmine (click for larger version)

Reading the Bellarmine vs. Quincy men’s basketball game report from Jan. 3 touts Jake Thelen’s double-double leading the Knights to a 65-50 victory.
The win for the No. 4 Knights has hit for what happened at halftime, not Thelen.
Corydon Central High School graduate Casey Saulman, a junior at Bellarmine University in Louisville, headed to the Thursday night game to take in the action. Upon entering Knights Hall, Saulman signed up for a free T-shirt and was asked if he wanted to participate in the halftime entertainment, The Impellizzeri’s Shootout.
‘I said sure,’ Saulman recalled.
At halftime, Saulman became the focus. He would have to hit a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-pointer, then a half-court shot, all within in 30 seconds, to win the grand prize, a cruise to the Caribbean for two (valued at $2,500).
‘I started at half court and had to dribble in for the lay-up. I rushed my free throw and missed the first one. I hit the second one, then hit the 3. Then I took the half courter,’ Saulman said.
His half-court shot swished through the net, quickly initiating a frenzied crowd of Knights students and fans.
‘A lot of people have been coming up to me telling me how awesome it is,’ Saulman said of the reaction since his successful attempt. ‘Some said it’s the loudest they’ve ever heard Knights Hall.’
No stranger to the hardwood, Saulman was a starting guard on Corydon Central’s 2010 Class 3A sectional championship team. He said playing in front of a lot of people with the Panthers kept him relaxed while tackling the challenge. Admittedly, Saulman said adrenaline was flowing.
‘I still rank winning that sectional as a high moment for me, but this is up there,’ Saulman, a biology major, said.
Saulman usually attends as many home games as possible to support roommate Garett Ross, also a CCHS grad and a redshirt sophomore for the Knights basketball team.
The fame will continue for Saulman, who may have to ask Ross for pointers on speaking with Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport. This week, Saulman is slated to be a featured guest on the Scott Davenport Show to discuss the contest with the coach.
Friends, along with Saulman, have been seeking out ESPN, seeing if the television network would feature the event. They’ve been using social media outlets Twitter and Facebook along with a story that aired on Louisville television station WAVE 3.
‘Apparently, it’s getting around,’ Saulman said in a phone interview Thursday. ‘It went from 300 hits a few days ago to over 10,000 (over 50,000 Monday). I’m not sure what happened.’
What’s Saulman going to do with the trip?
‘I’m going to take the $2,500 cash option,’ he said. ‘I’m going to the Bahamas for spring break with my marine biology class, and I could use the money.’
He will be presented a check by Impellizzeri’s Pizza at a future Bellarmine home game.