Petway Entertains, Earns Runner-Up at Dunk Contest

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ATLANTA, Ga. -- Senior forward Brent Petway (McDonough, Ga./Griffin HS) of the University of Michigan basketball team was the runner-up Thursday (March 29) at the slam dunk competition at the 19th Annual College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships in Atlanta, Ga., held at Georgia State's Sports Arena. Georgia Tech's Mario West won the competition after earning a perfect 60 in the final round

With more than 70 family members present, Petway opened the dunk competition in grand fashion. Wearing sunglasses and sporting a silhouette of a dunker on the state of Georgia on the back of his head, Petway threw the ball up in the air, grabbed it off the bounce with two hands and slammed it home with a one-handed windmill and followed with the "Matrix" dance to get the hometown crowd rolling. The dunk earned him a 59.5 score out of a possible 60 putting him in first place.

In the second round, Petway had two failed attempts at throwing the ball off the shot clock before heading to the baseline for a duck under and over reverse dunk with the ball that hit the back of the rim. With the clock running out, Petway quickly used a one-handed windmill to get a dunk in as the clock expired. With a score of 34, Petway's average of 46.7 on the first two dunks barely advanced him to the next round.

Sitting in fourth place, Petway went first in the third round. He missed his first attempt after again trying to bounce it off the shot clock. Not holding back, Petway went for it again; this time he connected with a one-handed slam, earning him a 47.5 score to put him back into first place.

With the finals set between West and Petway the hometown crowds for both players was electric. West went first in the finals after earning a 47.0 in the third round. After throwing the ball up, he grabbed it in mid-air, brought it through his legs and finished it with one hand to earn him a perfect 60 in the final round.

Knowing that he needed a perfect score in the final round to send it to an extra dunk-off, Petway missed his first two attempts at his version of the mid-air, through the legs dunk before settling for a off the backboard, one-handed slam while hanging in the air on the rim by the elbow. He was given a score of 47.5, earning him the runner-up finish.

With his near 42-inch vertical leap, Petway was nicknamed "Air Georgia" by the Michigan student section after he thrilled the Crisler Arena crowd with his aerial shows for four seasons. During his career, Petway shot 60.2 percent, which ranks him third all-time. Of his 286 career field goals, 145 came via a dunk as 51 percent of his shots were above the rim.

Petway will return to Ann Arbor to close out his career with the Celebration of Michigan Basketball Saturday (April 7) at the Junge Family Champions Center. The celebration will include a social reception with the team, featuring hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. with the main program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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