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An Iowa Basketball Player Missed A Record-Breaking Free Throw On Purpose - Here's Why

An Iowa player shooting a free throw.

A record-breaking free throw was missed on purpose last night. Here's why that happened.

Jordan Bohannon, a sophomore guard at Iowa, had made 34 straight free throws by the end of the Hawkeyes' game against Northwestern on Sunday night. He went to the line with about 2 minutes left in the game with a chance to get to 35 straight.

Making 35 free throws in a row would be a program record. The mark of 34-straight was held by former Hawkeyes standout Chris Street.

Street, a program legend, was killed in a car accident in 1993, three days after he hit his 34th straight free throw. Bohannon has grown close with Street's family.

So, Bohannon missed a free throw on purpose last night. He wanted to make sure Street's name stayed in the record books.

Bohannon gave an interview after the game, explaining what happened. "That's not my record to have. That record deserves to stay in his name," he explained.

Bohannon told reporters that he had been thinking about doing it for a while.

“It’s been in my mind for a while," Bohannon said, per Chris Leistikow of Hawk Central. "I knew I wanted to leave it short a little bit. I didn’t want to make it too obvious."

Well done, Jordan.