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Former OSU player Eddie Hannon, OU's James Fraschilla share their half-court expertise

Here are a couple of college players with in-state connections who know a thing or two about half-court shots.
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 14, 2013

Here are a couple of college players with in-state connections who know a thing or two about half-court shots:


On Dec. 6, 1980, Oklahoma State trailed Louisville by a point with four seconds left. After Louisville missed a free throw, Hannon grabbed the rebound and dribbled up the middle of the court. Just before the midcourt line, he fired a shot that swished through and gave OSU a 74-73 victory.

He became known as Half-Court Hannon.

Hannon was from Indianapolis and is back there, coaching high school and running ELH Sports, a youth program.

“We used to mess around (and practice half-court shots), me and Leroy Combs and Ricky Jacobs. Used to mess around before practice, never thinking it would actually happen.

“The only one that grabbed me was Leroy. I had my family there and everything. It happened so fast, everybody was like stunned and shocked, all at the same time.

“It did a lot for the school and the basketball program. I think it gave the school a big lift.

“There were guys from Indianapolis playing on Louisville's team. That was just a thrill then because I had bragging rights in the summer time.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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