Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball manager enters game, scores
It’s not unusual for a college basketball team to sub in its walk-ons at the end of an already-decided game.
But the team manager? Not so much. That’s what Cal State Fullerton’s men’s basketball team did Thursday against Cal Poly.
— Titans Men’s Basketball (@FullertonMBB) March 1, 2019
Senior manager Sammy Jones suited up and entered the game with 28.4 seconds left and Fullerton nursing a nine-point lead.
The experience didn’t stop there for Jones.
He cooked his defender on a drive and scored a floater as part of a 3-point play with the shot clock winding down.
Naturally, the arena went crazy for Jones.
Fullerton coach and former ASU assistant Dedrique Taylor had this to say postgame about the gesture:
“What we witnessed there is what it’s all about. We have a young man in Sammy Jones who has been a part of our program for four years, he’s a senior and our staff fought to get him eligible at one point and he goes into the game and that just tells you all is right with the world when you’re able to be part of those moments. That’s something our program will never forget. That will be something Sammy and his family never forget.”
Per the ESPN broadcast, Jones will also suit up for the Titans’ senior day next Saturday against Hawaii.