Iowa forward Eric May was playing the 127th game of his college career Thursday night. Yet opponents still seem to forget the senior from Dubuque can jump out of the gym.
May, despite an average of 4.9 points, seems to have one high-flying dunk a game for the Hawkeyes. The bench sparkplug did that again in Iowa’s 73-59 first-round Big Ten Tournament win against Northwestern.
Except this one might have been his masterpiece.
After grabbing a defensive rebound, May dribbled upcourt. Nobody stopped him as be picked up steam. Teammate Aaron White gave a little assist, clearing out a Northwestern player on the way. So May just kept driving toward the hoop, elevated between five apathetic Northwestern defenders and slammed home a one-handed throwdown. Even he seemed surprise at the sheer awesomeness of the dunk, slapping his hands together as the Hawkeye bench sprung to its feet.
Pay special attention to the reaction of Northwestern’s Alex Marcotullio after May’s dunk. After providing very little effort defensively himself, he promptly chews out a teammate. At least Kale Abrahamson (wearing No. 13) gave a token effort to stop May.
But as May soared toward the hoop for perhaps his greatest throwdown of his Hawkeye career, Abrahamson contorted to get out of the way. The fact that Mike Tirico, the voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, got just as excited as May adds to the fun.
After the game, May praised his teammate’s clear-out assist.
“I’ve got to give credit to (White) for the way he opened that up,” May said. “He would be mad if I didn’t give him a shout-out.”
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