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Bishops Fans Seek to Net $10,000 Prize Tonight

February 12, 2007

Bishops basketball fans have been trying all season to net themselves $10,000 by sinking a few buckets. Although they’ve scored several pizzas, no one has claimed the cash.

On Thursday, the contest draws to a close — along with the OWU men’s and women’s home basketball seasons — and every shot taken will be for the big money. Fans chosen to participate in the $10,000 Halftime Shootout will not have to make any qualifying shots to win the grand prize.

Instead, they will have to put only one ball in the bucket — a shot taken from three-quarters court. The shot translates into about 70 feet, 5 inches of air.

As fans enter each game of tonight’s doubleheader, they will be invited to register for the shootout. During halftime, five names will be drawn to take part during the women’s game and five during the men’s game. The women’s game against Wooster tips-off at 6 p.m., while the men’s game against Oberlin gets underway at 8 p.m. Both events will be held in Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St.

Ticket prices for OWU basketball games are $5 for adults and $2 for both senior citizens and students under age 18 with ID. Children under 2 are admitted free.

The $10,000 Halftime Shootout is sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan athletics department, Marco’s Pizza and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. To be eligible for the contest, fans must be age 18 or older and cannot have played or coached college basketball anytime within the previous five years. They also cannot be employees or family members of employees of Ohio Wesleyan, Marco’s Pizza or Stifel Nicolaus.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.