GoFundMe donations spike for Stephen F. Austin's Nathan Bain after Duke upset


The GoFundMe was set up by Stephen F. Austin (in compliance with NCAA rules) to help Bain and his family rebuild their lives. It all went down dramatically with SFA's Nathan Bain's coast-to-coast buzzer-beating layup that sent the No.1 ranked Blue Devils and their fans home shocked and in disbelief at what they just witnessed. It was like a layup drill.

The Blue Devils were favored by 27.5 points at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, surpassing Gardner-Webb's 26-point underdog win over Kentucky in 2007 as the largest upset in a Division I men's basketball game over the past 15 seasons.

Also boosting spirits is the reaction from the sports world to Nathan Bain, the player who won the game at the buzzer for the Lumberjacks. The Cavaliers, led by Naismith player of the year Ralph Sampson, had just beaten Patrick Ewing's Georgetown team and Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston team and scheduled lowly Chaminade for a cupcake game after returning from Japan.

Bain scored on a breakaway layup just before the overtime buzzer to give the Nacogdoches, Texas-based school an 85-83 victory that sent shock waves through the sport, ending the Blue Devils' 150-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium against nonconference opponents - a run that extended almost 20 years. "I could feel the dude on my back, so I just laid it up".

The shocking result marks Duke's first nonconference loss at home since 2000 against St. John's, ending the Blue Devils' streak of 150 nonconference home wins.

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This just goes to show you that it doesn't matter how great you play if you can't fix the simple things that it takes to win tight basketball games like this one, turnovers and free throws and at the end of the day, Duke lost the battle on both of these fronts.

"I want them to know how much. we appreciate it, and how thankful we are that we're alive", Bain's father, Norris Bain, told the AP.

While Duke lost, that's unlikely to affect their postseason-they're still on track to make the tournament as a high seed, if not a number one. Bain, a senior guard, entered Tuesday averaging four points per game for the Lumberjacks. "Get it on the rim to give us a chance".

That honour goes to Bain, but for a reason far more important than what he did on the court. "We're just blessed to be apart of that process", said Barnwell. "It's kind of what we deserved".