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So far, college seems pretty easy and a blast for Markus Burden.

The Ball State University freshman sunk a half-court shot last Thursday, his first day of college, that won him not just a lot of swagger among his fellow freshmen, but a semester's worth of free tuition.

"I called my mother right after when I won," Burden, 18, said. "When we were walking outside I was basically in tears telling her that her son just won us free tuition."

Burden's mom, Malinda Burden, was equally pleased.

"God is good," she wrote Friday on her Facebook page, along with a link to the video of her son's money-saving shot.

The Burdens have reason to be excited considering Markus' shot at a freshman Welcome Week event is valued at $11,084.

Burden, from the Chicago area, told the Indianapolis Star that making the shot was a "overwhelming feeling," especially considering he had missed the shot three times before.

Burden's winning shot set his fellow freshmen, Ball State cheerleaders and even the university's mascot, Charlie Cardinal, into a frenzy.

Burden did not take his victory in stride. Instead he sprinted around the court and pumped his fists in excitement.

It was the first time in the university's history of taking the gamble of offering free tuition on a near-impossible shot that a student cashed in.

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