Just give Bell-Holter an ESPY (Basketball)

December 13, 2011
Damen Bell-Holter

You had to see it to believe it.

Alaska’s Damen Bell-Holter turned in the college basketball play of the year last night by banking in a one-handed heave from three-quarters court at the buzzer to give Oral Roberts University an improbable 58-55 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.

With the game tied with 3 seconds left, Bell-Holter – a.k.a. the hero from Hydaburg – intercepted a length-of-the-court pass, took one dribble and let it fly.

“It was amazing. It was the most exciting thing ever,” he told me. “All we were focused on was getting a stop. Then I got the steal and Dominque [Morrison] yelled ‘Shoot it.’ ”

Just give him an ESPY now.

One of the highlights of the video is the reaction of the Oral Roberts players and head coach Scott Sutton.

“It was wild, man,” Bell-Holter said. “We were way too hyped. My coach jumped on my back on our way to the locker room. It was nuts.”

The team’s radio guy called it the “Miracle in Little Rock.”

Bell-Holter was featured on last night’s ESPN’s Top Plays and had been all the rage on Twitter this morning. Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports replaced his Twitter profile picture with a photo of Bell-Holter. Even ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt hit him up on there.

“You don’t expect a big-time dude like that is going to reply to you,” he said. “I tweeted back at home and he tweeted back at me. It’s been pretty sweet.”

The news traveled up here as well.

“Everybody in Alaska saw it late, so my phone was going crazy at 3, 4 in the morning here,” he said with a laugh. “It was crazy.”