Paul Jespersonís halfcourt buzzer-beater propelled No. 11 Northern Iowa past No. 6 Texas, 75-72, late Saturday night.
When Jespersonís runner banked home, it sent the Panthers into wild celebration, ending a back-and-forth battle with a shot that will live on forever in NCAA Tournament highlights.
"It felt good when it left my hands," Jesperson said in a postgame interview. "I'm just thankful we get to live another day."
Texas guard Isaiah Taylor had tied the game with a 6-foot jumper with 2.7 seconds left.
Instead of overtime, Jesperson took a long pass near midcourt, dribbled toward the center circle and then unleashed the winner.
"I thought we were gonna be in overtime," UNI coach Ben Jacobson said in a postgame interview. "I was in-between on taking a timeout or not. I'm glad they found Paul."
Northern Iowa is now 3-0 at the Chesapeake Arena. In 2010, the Panthers beat UNLV and then stunned No. 1 seed Kansas.
By the seed numbers, this upset wasnít as big. But the last-second drama was even bigger.
After its seventh consecutive win, Northern Iowa (23-12) will play No. 3 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon.
Klint Carlsonís layup with 27.2 seconds left gave the Panthers a 71-70 lead. Wes Washpun hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to two points with 11.9 left, but Taylor drove and tied it.
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