Half-court shot ends in marriage proposal for Siena fan

February 17, 2017 08:00 AM

ALBANY -- It was a night to remember for Erin Tobin and her boyfriend Steve Duckett.

Tobin was brought down to the court to try her hand at a half-court shot to win a $500 Dunkin Donuts gift card during Thursday's game between Siena and Manhattan at the Times Union Center.

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Little did she know it was a set up by Duckett for a proposal.

But little did he know what would happen next.

Duckett was already down on one knee, hidden in a Dunkin Donuts costume, ready for the proposal. But in Tobin’s celebration of making the shot, she didn't even see him.

“The high of making the basketball shot but then having them turn me around, I thought they were going to hand me the Dunkin Donuts gift card,” Tobin said. “And I was like yeah! And then he was there. That was awesome. That was good.”

Duckett came up with how to propose to his season ticket holding gifrlfriend last summer.

“I was talking to a couple of her friends and I said "that would be a great idea" and I just kind of spit it out and then I was like well, why don't I go with it?”

So on a night with two memorable life events, which one will Tobin tell people about first?

“I would say the engagement,” she said.

The happy couple even got some advice after the game from Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos.

“Two bedrooms, two baths. You'll stay married forever,” Patsos said.

To top it all off, Siena beat Manhattan, 94-71.


WNYT Staff

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