A West Chester University freshman thought he won $10,000 Saturday night when he made a layup, foul shot, three-pointer and half-court shot as part of a halftime challenge. Problem: it took him two shots to make the half-court shot and the university claimed that every shot had to be made on the first attempt. They’re not giving him the money despite the only known rule being that you have to make the four shots in 25 seconds.

Kenneth Moton of 6 ABC had the report:

The first three shots he made with no problem but the fourth was from half court.

Well, after it was all said and done Lavery made a buzzer beater.

“I stopped and did that one handed shot and it happened to go in. I ran to the other side of the court just high fiving everyone and then I went and bear hugged my dad,” said Lavery.

However the excitement was short-lived. The group running the competition said Lavery had to make the half-court shot on his first attempt to get the money.

Action News contacted a spokesman for the athletics department to ask about the halftime challenge and the rules but there was no response.

Meanwhile, there’s a growing support online for Lavery with many urging officials to reward him the prize.

I give it until the end of the day today before the kid gets paid (and I bet you it’s a tuition credit or something like that– not cash). The story has already found its way to the New York Daily News. Plus, this shouldn’t even be up for debate. He had to make the four shots in 25 seconds… why have the time limit if he only gets one attempt at each shot? It doesn’t make any sense. And I love the way WCU Weekly, who posted the video on YouTube, didn’t even question their school’s decision not to pay the guy:

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Yooooo guys! College is all about critical thinking. Doesn’t matter what classes you take– you’re not going to remember anything anyway. It’s all about critical thinking. Asking questions. Not blindly agreeing with and doing everything the man says. Learn that, WCU Weekly social media guy. It’ll serve you well. You’re cheeriness turns me off.

Video after the jump.