By Ryan Mayer
The clock is winding down.
Your team is tied and the ball is in your hands.
You release the shot and watch as it travels through an arc and drops through nothing but net. Every kid’s dream right? A scenario you’ve probably simulated a million times in the driveway growing up. Well, for Northern Iowa’s senior forward Paul Jesperson, that dream became reality tonight.
Jesperson’s 11th seeded Panthers were tied with the 6th seeded Texas Longhorns at 72 following an Isaiah Taylor floater with 2.7 seconds left. Jesperson got the inbound and well, the video is just so much better than words. Enjoy.
Go ahead. Watch it again.
That moment will be forever ingrained in the annals of NCAA Tournament history as the Panthers win 75-72 to advance to the Round of 32. Jesperson had 14 points in the game one of four Panthers players in double figures. But, more importantly, let’s see how the sports world reacted shall we?
Apparently, someone in the crowd knew the shot was going in
New Patriots defensive end Chris Long with the jokes.
Finally, in case you were wondering how the crowd inside a Vegas sports book would react to such an occurrence, well, here you go.
College basketball is fun isn’t it?
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.