Ivan Bender got a verbal commitment … for marriage.
The Maryland forward was among the Terrapins players being honored on Senior Night before Friday night’s game against Minnesota, the team’s final home game of the season. He made sure it was a memorable evening.
With his girlfriend, Andrea Knezevic, standing at midcourt, Bender approached her, waved to the crowd, then got down on one knee and proposed. The special moment was greeted with wild reactions from Terrapins players and the Maryland mascot, Testudo, and a loud roar from the crowd. After Bender’s girlfriend said, “yes,” the couple was mobbed by his teammates.
Bender has known Knezevic since the two started dating while in high school, according to The Baltimore Sun. Both grew up in Capljina, Bosnia & Herzegovina.