The player who made the most famous shot in South Dakota State University basketball history became the 28th member of the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the 1992 Hobo Day game.
Sid Bostic, a Pipestone, Minn., native threw in a shot from mid-court to defeat Wittenburg 44-42 in the 1963 NCAA College Division national championship game. An Associated Press story after the game read: "With less that 20 seconds to go, the Tigers' Al Thrasher missed a shot that rimmed the hoop. The rebound was retrieved by South Dakota State's Nick Brod. He passed to Bostic near mid-court. Bostic dribbled several times, leaped and sent a one-handed jump shot flying toward the hoop with the grace of a javelin thrower. The ball no sooner left his hand than the horn blew. It swished through the net without touching the rim."
A scoreboard error made the shot all the more dramatic. Bostic thought the Jacks were behind by one at the time of the shot. The scoreboard at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville showed Wittenburg ahead
"If it had showed we were tied, I don't think I would have shot," Bostic said. "As it was, I was off balance and let the ball fly off the wrong foot. It was a really sloppy shot, but I'll never forget how good it looked going through the basket."
Bostic, a member of the SDSU 1,000-point club, set the school career rebounding record, and is still fourth on the all-time list. He is currently 16th in scoring with 1,079 points and contributed 804 rebounds in 70 games over three seasons. The national championship season happened during Bostic's junior season, when he earned all-North Central Conference honors and was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Midwest Regional team. As a senior, SDSU failed to repeat as North Central Conference champions, finishing 14-7 overall and behind Northern Iowa in the NCC race, but Bostic was named league Most Valuable Player.
Bostic averaged in double figures in scoring and rebounding each of his three seasons, getting 13.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore, 15.0 and 11.8 respectively as a junior and 17.4 and 12.3 as a senior. State entered the NCAA playoffs ranked 10th in the nation. Wittenburg was ranked No. 1. SDSU finished the season 22-5, Wittenburg ended 26-2.