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Burton wins dunk contest; Jackson takes 3-point title at Hilton Madness

AMES, Iowa. — Deonte Burton held up one finger and made a pleading face at Nick Babb. The two were squaring off in Friday night’s Hilton Madness dunk finals and both had failed to make a dunk the first time around.

Burton looked to his teammate and said, “One more.”

Babb’s attempts to slam one through were fruitless, but Burton finished off the show with a one-handed tomahawk dunk off the backboard to win his second Hilton Madness dunk contest in a row.

“The first one, I missed on purpose, because Babb missed,” Burton said. “I ended up doing a dunk that I did when I first started dunking.”

Burton’s winning dunk was definitely one of the highlights, but likely the high point of the night came when junior guard Donovan Jackson won the 3-point contest. He collected 25 of the 30 possible points during the men’s championship matchup against Monte Morris, including making 14 of his last 15 shots.

He closed the title by defeating Bridget Carleton decidedly in the overall finals and closing the round with some dance moves.

“It was great tonight,” Jackson said. “I love the energy in here. For the first time, I got to shoot in here, so it was great.”

There’s no doubting Jackson was able to quickly adjust to the shooting environment at Hilton Coliseum. There’s also no doubt Friday was another successful Hilton Madness event.

“Just to be here,” Jackson said. “It was a great feeling.”

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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