The upset train keeps on rolling in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, with the latest one coming in as dramatic fashion as any.
No. 11 Northern Iowa was the 10th double digit-seeded team to win in the opening round, capturing a 75-72 over No. 6 Texas on Friday night thanks to an incredible half-court, buzzer-beating heave by Paul Jesperson.
The win breaks the NCAA Tournament record of nine teams ranked 10th or lower to win during the first round of the tournament.
The Panthers were led by Wes Washpun with 17 points. For the Longhorns, guard Isaiah Taylor led the way with a game-high 22 points and six assists. Unfortunately for Texas, his performance just wasn’t enough.
Northern Iowa struggled early on, falling down 9-2 in the game’s opening four minutes. That’s when the Panthers went on a 25-4 run to take a 27-13 lead. It looked like the rout was on in Oklahoma City, but that wasn’t the case as Texas would take a 53-47 lead in the second half, its largest of the game.
The Longhorns did manage to tie the game at 72 with three seconds left on a Taylor jumper, but Jesperson’s desperation heave would be the nail in the coffin for head coach Shaka Smart and Texas.
Now, Northern Iowa has a date with Texas A&M on Sunday with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. A win would put the Panthers in the Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history, and the first since 2010.
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