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Belmont Fan's Singing Helps Team Score Big Win

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by Emily Luxen           

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A Belmont basketball fan has become a viral video sensation thanks to the special way he helped guide his team to victory.

After traveling to Chapel Hill for the Belmont game against North Carolina, Charles Van Dyke decided to do whatever he could to help his team win.

"I went through a couple of different scenarios, and thought I should sing something crazy," said Van Dyke. "'Wrecking Ball' came to mind."

When North Carolina player James McAdoo stepped up to the free throw line, Van Dyke started singing the Miley Cyrus song.

"There were 15,000 people at that game and you could have heard a pin drop when someone was shooting a free throw," said Van Dyke.  "It was just the perfect time."

Van Dyke's efforts caused the player to miss the free throw.  His singing was heard on national TV and immediately became a viral video.

"It has been on Dead Spin, Sporting News, ESPN, CBS Sports," said Van Dyke.  "It has kind of taken on a life of its own."

Van Dyke used the same approach throughout the game.  It may have contributed to North Carolina shooting just 46% from the free throw line.

"There were other songs like ‘It's a Small World,' ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' a Bruno Mars' song and more," said Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is a Belmont graduate, a basketball season ticket holder, and a loyal fan.  He said he was proud to know his efforts may have helped his school defeat North Carolina 83-30.

"I love Belmont basketball, and I love the university," said Van Dyke.  "All the attention it is bringing to Belmont is exciting."

After the game, Van Dyke was bombarded with emails, Facebook posts, and Twitter mentions.  He even heard from several former Belmont players, and officials with the University thanking him for his efforts.

"It's been a lot of fun watching the video back.  It was really, really loud.  It's been crazy."

Wednesday, Belmont takes on local rival Lipscomb.  Van Dyke said he may have something special in the works for that game, as well.

"You'll have to tune in."


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