After making 34 straight free throws, Iowa basketball player Jordan Bohannon had tied Iowa’s all-time record with Hawkeyes legend Chris Street. However, when he stepped to the free throw line during Sunday’s game against Northwestern, Bohannon had no intention of taking the record away from Street. So on what could have been his 35th straight made free throw, he missed the shot on purpose.
Street was killed in an auto accident in January 1993 in the middle of his junior season as Iowa. At the time of his death, he had made 34 straight free throws. Had he not died, there’s no telling where his streak would have ended.
Street remains a legendary figure for Iowa basketball fans. Knowing this, Bohannon had no intention of erasing his name from the record books.
“It’s been in my mind for a while,” Bohannon said of his decision to miss the free throw on purpose. “I knew I wanted to leave it short a little bit. I didn’t want to make it too obvious.”
Bohannon spoke about his plan with his older brother, Zach, beforehand. As he stepped up to the line, he made eye contact with Zach in the crowd, and even with Iowa nursing an 8-point lead in the closing minutes, Bohannon was comfortable missing the free throw.
“That’s what he chose to do,” said Iowa coach Fran McCaffery after the game. “I think it’s awesome.”
Also in the stands for the game were Street’s parents, Mike and Patty, who are season ticket holders. Both were in favor of Bohannon breaking the record but touched by his gesture.
“What a good kid. He’s so kind,” said a tearful Patty. “That was so special that he thought of Christopher and that record.”
Bohannon missing the free throw ended up having little impact on the game, and he says he has no regrets about leaving the record with Street.
“I know where the record deserves to stand,” says Bohannon, “And that’s in Chris’ name.”