The Duke basketball team looked poised to salt away the clock and perhaps score late to avoid an overtime upset by the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Tuesday night. However, SFA’s Nathan Bain stole a pass, drove the length of the court and hit a buzzer beater to upset the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils.
In the stat books, it’ll go down as Duke’s first non-conference home loss in 150 games, a streak that goes back to 2000—not long after Bain was born in Freeport, Bahamas. In the box score, the bucket goes down as just two of Bain’s 11 points in the colossal upset of a major college basketball powerhouse.
For his hometown in The Bahamas, the layup that shook the college basketball world could help his family put some pieces back together even more quickly.
In September, Hurricane Dorian moved over The Bahamas as a Category 5 storm and meandered with brutal winds of more than 150 mph and rainfalls of biblical proportions. The storm devastated parts of the islands before moving back into the Atlantic and fizzling out.
Immediately after the storm hit, the Stephen F. Austin athletics department put together a GoFundMe page to help Bain’s family begin rebuilding their home, their church and their lives. After the Tuesday night upset of Duke, and Bain’s backstory began getting told, the crowdfunding site started gaining momentum.
After the game, the site had raised about $5,000. About two hours after the game, the total amount raised was close to $7,000. The goal for the family was $25,000.
Here’s the link to the fundraising site.
Bain told KTRE in Texas the storm took almost everything his family owned on the island.
“There is not much you can do but hope and pray and try to get to the safest place possible. No one was prepared for the hurricane sitting on the island for so long. with hurricane force winds so strong just sitting in one spot,” Bain said.
“The church got hit really hard,” he continued. “My house got hit really hard. We lost just about everything. We are still trying to stay positive because more important then the material things, everyone in our circle and immediate family and church family is safe.”
Here’s the statement on the fundraising page:
“On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in The Bahamas as a category five storm. Among the almost 400,000 individuals affected by one of the most catastrophic natural disasters recorded in history was the family of SFA men’s basketball senior Nate Bain. Not only did the Bain family see nearly everything of value destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, Bain’s father- a minister- watched as his church suffered extreme damage from the storm as well.
“In an effort to assist the Bain family’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the country’s history, SFA Athletics is accepting donations of all dollar amounts which will be sent directly to Bain’s family.”