|Updated: 3/20/2012 7:55 am
||Published: 3/19/2012 2:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR (CNN) - Members of the University of Kansas spirit squad rushed to help a man trapped under a car, ultimately saving his life, as they were on their way to their women's basketball team's game in the NCAA tournament.
Nine KU spirit squad members found themselves in the right place at the right time not long before tip-off of the Kansas game against Nebraska in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament on Sunday evening in Little Rock, AR.
The university says about 5:15 p.m. the cheerleaders and dancers headed out of their hotel lobby to load the bus that would transport them to the Jack Stephens Center where the women's basketball team was taking on Nebraska in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The spirit squad ran over to a Cadillac sedan with its hood propped open after they heard someone yelling for help. Apparently the car had been propped up on a jack, and the vehicle had rolled off, trapping the man underneath the car.
One the spirit squad members were able to lift the car off the man, he was able to crawl out.
The university says the man was covered in grease, blood, and was disoriented, but is expected to be OK.
"KU's spirit squad became nothing less than heroes that evening," the Kansas athletics department said in a written statement. "They only did what anyone in their position would have done."
After the incident, the spirit squad continued their way to cheer the basketball team to a 57-49 victory over Nebraska.