By Wendy Sarubbi | February 10, 2014 3:31 pm

With a few dribbles, passes and a ball spinning from a former Dartmouth guard’s finger, the College of Medicine sponsored the UCF men’s basketball game against the University of South Florida February 5, with first-year medical students and Dean Deborah German getting the game ball on the court.

The Knights lost 79-78 in an overtime heartbreaker.

Ball-passing has become a tradition of Dr. German’s. In 2011, on the field for the first time at the UCF-Boston College game, she accepted the ball, faded back and threw a pass to her father, Pat Campano. Onlookers were surprised and delighted, so the tradition has remained. With every game ball presentation, the word goes out: Beware, the Dean is going to throw you the ball.

This year’s basketball presentation included six first-year students, part of the college’s first full-enrollment class of 120. Among the physicians-in-training was Robert Pride, who played guard at Dartmouth. He impressed his classmates with his ball-spinning skills back stage before the ball presentation so Dr. German encouraged him to demonstrate his skills on the court. He obliged.

At halftime, Dr. German was interviewed by Marc Daniels, the “Voice of the Knights” for the UCF IMG Sports Network. She talked about the latest news at the five-year-old medical school, including its new internal medicine residency program that begins this summer.

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