LORMAN, Miss. – In front of hundreds of fans at the Alcorn State University basketball game against Alabama A&M on Monday, sophomore Tyrin Dukes was the first person to win the Magnolia Bluffs Casino Hotel Shootout halftime contest in two years.

“We were thrilled to hear that Mr. Dukes hit all four shots and won the $1500 Magnolia Bluffs Casino & Hotel scholarship!  We have a long history of partnering with Alcorn not only from an athletic aspect but more importantly from an academic aspect as well,” said founder president Kevin Preston.  “I know this scholarship will go to great use by Mr. Dukes and we wish him nothing but success as he continues on with his academic career.”

During halftime of the game, Dukes knocked down four shots including a half-court shot to win a $1500 scholarship.

“It feels great to win a contest of this magnitude in the game I love the most,” said Dukes.

Dukes completed the first three shots which included a lay-up, free throw and three pointer on his first attempt. He then made the final and toughest half-court shot on his third attempt with time on the clock to spare.

“Racing against the clock as I was trying to make the shots I felt even more motivated hearing the fans cheer me on,” Dukes said. “It was incredible to sink that last shot.”

Dukes is a Memphis, Tennessee native and a sports management major. He played basketball in high school, and although he does not play basketball for Alcorn, he enjoys playing with his friends and watching the Braves play.

“I had my mind set on the half-court shot. I knew if I made all the other shots on the first attempt then I would have a chance to win the $1500 scholarship,” Dukes said.

Magnolia Bluffs has been a proud sponsor of this half-time in-game activation for the last two years.

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“We were thrilled to hear that Mr. Dukes hit all 4 shots and won the $1500 Magnolia Bluffs Casino & Hotel scholarship!  We have a long history of partnering with Alcorn State not only from an athletic aspect but more importantly from an academic aspect as well.  I know this scholarship will go to great use by Mr. Dukes and we wish him nothing but success as he continues on with his academic career.”

– Kevin Preston