When John Brown University guard Max Hopfgartner buried a corner jumper 25 seconds into Saturday's game, it did more than give the Arkansas NAIA school an early lead over in-state foe Crowley's Ridge.
It also paved the way for college basketball's most beloved technical foul.
A sellout crowd at Bill George Arena responded to JBU's first basket in its home opener by letting more than 2,000 rolls of toilet paper fly, blanketing the floor in a two-ply blizzard as fierce as any winter storm. It didn't matter to anyone in attendance that the longtime tradition resulted in two technical foul shots for Crowley's Ridge guard Paxton Smith once the court was cleaned off and the game resumed.
The Toilet Paper game has emerged as one of the most anticipated events of the year at JBU and one of the most fun traditions in all of college basketball. For more on how the tradition began 33 years ago, here's my story on it from 2011.
Surrendering two early free throws has seldom cost JBU over the years. JBU defeated Crowley's Ridge 82-67 on Saturday night to improve to 32-1 in the Toilet Paper, the only loss coming in 2000.
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