By TYLER PHILLIPS
Senior guard Marcus Lewis won the 2014 Denny’s Slam Dunk Contest as the dark horse candidate.
Lewis was voted in by fans over several other candidates and stole the show at Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum. His first dunk was a windmill dunk, jumping over two ball racks.
His second dunk was a between the legs dunk. Lewis bounced it to himself, caught the ball and took the ball between his legs for the right-handed dunk.
The third dunk was one he used during Eastern’s Hoopfest before the season. He again lobbed the ball to himself and caught the bounce, dropped the ball between his legs and slammed it behind his head.
For the fourth and final dunk, Lewis jumped over a friend and wind milled the ball to secure the first place finish. Lewis beat Baylor forward Cory Jefferson in the final.
The other participants were Mike Craig (Southern Miss), Cleanthony Early (Wichita State), Chase Fieler (Florida Gulf Coast), Walt Lemon, Jr. (Bradley), Adreian Payne (Michigan State) and Ronald Roberts, Jr. (Saint Joseph’s).
The celebrity judges were former Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson, Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten and head coach Jason Garrett, and retired Dallas Stars’ center Mike Madano.
A day later, Lewis threw out the first pitch at the Eastern/Morehead State game, while wearing his dunk-champion belt.