CHARLESTON, W. Va. — It was a desperation heave, a one-in-a million toss. Bruce Morris' basket from just over 92 feet still has the Marshall University campus buzzing.
With three seconds left in the first half of Thursday's game with Appalachian State, Morris grabbed the ball near the Mountaineers' basket after teammate Skeeter Roberts had blocked a shot.
The 6-4 senior guard then rifled the ball like an outfielder throwing to home, and the ball swished through the net at the other end with one second left in the first half. Marshall went on to a 93-82 victory.
Friday, school officials measured the shot at 92 feet 5 inches, which would make it the longest field goal in basketball history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Before Morris' shot, the longest documented field goal was by Les Henson of Virginia Tech against Florida State on Jan. 24 1980. Henson's shot traveled 89 feet 3 inches, according to Guinness.