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Paul Jesperson, Isaiah Taylor

Northern Iowa guard Paul Jesperson gestures to fans after hitting the game-winning shot against Texas in a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Texas guard Isaiah Taylor is at right. Northern Iowa won 75-72.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Northern Iowa senior guard Paul Jesperson hit the most memorable shot of a crazy NCAA tournament first round on Friday. 

After No. 6 seed Texas tied the game with less 2.7 seconds remaining, Jesperson took the inbounds pass, made one dribble to the center of the court and heaved up a shot from the half line that banked in before the buzzer to give No. 11 seed Northern Iowa a 75-72 win. 

Jesperson finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Panthers. Northern Iowa advances to play No. 3 Texas A&M in the second round on Sunday.

Jesperson played two seasons at Virginia before transferring to Northern Iowa prior to the 2013-14 season. 


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