Of all the memorable entrances, crazy costumes and well-choreographed dance numbers from this year's lineup of Midnight Madness events, the most jaw-dropping moment may have taken place at seldom-seen Pepperdine.
Six-foot-3 junior guard Keion Bell positioned three teammates and four others from tallest to shortest between the free-throw line and the rim, strolled out to mid-court and then took a running start at the basket. Amazingly, he cleared all seven with only the help of a slight push-off, finishing with a one-handed slam to the delight of the crowd at Pepperdine's Firestone Fieldhouse.
There was a lot of pressure on Bell to finish that dunk considering how high he raised the bar a year ago at Pepperdine's Midnight Madness event. Bell dunked over five of his teammates that day, a video that was widely viewed on YouTube and made SportsCenter's top plays.
Bell averaged 18.5 points per game as a sophomore at Pepperdine last season, but he received little notoriety for anything besides his dunking prowess since the Waves struggled to a 7-24 record. With five starters and 13 players returning from last season's team, Pepperdine is hoping to give fans a reason to pay attention to Bell's exploits after Midnight Madness this season.
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