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First a Basketball Stunner. Then Stunning Generosity

Donations pour in for Nathan Bain's family
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2019 11:22 AM CST
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Stephen F. Austin forward Nathan Bain (23) drives for a game winning basket over Duke forward Jack White (41) during overtime in an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Stephen F. Austin won 85-83.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(Newser) – In what the AP calls a "shocker for the ages," the unranked Stephen F. Austin managed to beat No. 1 Duke 85-83 Tuesday night. Nathan Bain was the hero thanks to his layup at the buzzer during overtime, a shot he had to traverse nearly the full court with just seconds left to make. He's getting more than kudos, it turns out. Bain is from Freeport, Bahamas, and September's Hurricane Dorian took nearly everything from his family; his father's church also suffered extreme damage.

SFA Athletics set up a GoFundMe campaign to support the family, and since Sept. 17, Sports Illustrated reports it had raised a bit more than $2,000, far shy of the $25,000 goal. It hadn't seen a new donation in a month. That's certainly no longer the case: The campaign has pulled in more than 1,000 donors who have collectively given more than $48,000 as of the writing. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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