Bahamas hoops hero Bain gets hurricane relief boost after upset

A buzzer-beating winning layup has led to a financial windfall for a US college basketball player from the Bahamas whose family suffered devastating losses in September's Hurricane Dorian.

Nathan Bain's last-gasp basket helped Stephen F. Austin State University seal a stunning 85-83 upset of the unbeaten Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night, a result which shocked college basketball.

Bain's game-winner sparked a spike in donations to a GoFundMe account set up to help the player's family rebuild in the aftermath of Dorian.

The page that university officials started for Bain, one they considered closing after raising just over $2,000 with no donations for a month, had raised more than $62,000 by Wednesday afternoon, well over the original $25,000 goal and even the revised $50,000 one.

Bain, a senior forward from Freeport, and his family lost nearly everything they owned, including his father's church, in the severe storm.

"My family lost a whole lot this year and I'm just playing this game for them," Bain said after the victory.

"Just playing for my SFA family, my family back home in the Bahamas -- I just want to make my country proud and my whole team is behind me.

"When everything happened earlier in the year, they had my back and I just wanted to return the favor."

The Lumberjacks recovered a loose ball in the dying seconds of over-time and Bain took a pass at his own free throw line, then dribbled the length of the court and sank a layup just ahead of the final buzzer to complete an astonishing shocker in the ranks of the NBA's top talent feeder system by the Nacogdoches, Texas, school.

Duke was a 27.5-point oddsmaker favorite, making Stephen F. Austin's upset the biggest in more than 15 years. The Blue Devils had not lost at home to an unranked team from the smaller levels of major college basketball since 1983.