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Halfcourt Shot Takes Down Texas

March 18, 2016

NCAA First Round - West Region
  1 2 FINAL
UNI 44 31 75
Texas 36 36 72
 Quick Stats UNI UT
Points 75 72
FG Made - Attempted 21-43 25-56
FG Percentage .488 .446
3PT Made - Attempted 8-20 9-23
3PT Percentage .400 .391
FT Made - Attempted 25-32 13-18
FT Percentage .781 .722
Rebounds 30 32
Turnovers 10 9
 Statistical Leaders
UNI Pts Rbs Asst St Blk
 Wes Washpun 17 4 3 0 2
 Jeremy Morgan 16 3 2 1 1
Texas Pts Rbs Asst St Blk
 Isaiah Taylor 22 4 6 0 0
 Javan Felix 12 4 1 1 0
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul Jesperson banked in a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give 11th seeded Northern Iowa a 75-72 win over No. 6 seed Texas Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region.

Northern Iowa passed the ball in under its basket after Isaiah Taylor tied the game on a layup with 2.7 seconds to play. Jesperson caught the ball, took a few dribbles and heaved.

Wes Washpun scored 17 points, Jeremy Morgan scored 16 and Jesperson added 14 for the Panthers (23-12), who claimed their fifth NCAA Tournament win in school history.

Taylor scored 22 points, Eric Davis Jr. scored 13 and Javan Felix added 12 for the Longhorns (20-13).

Jesperson's shot came in the same building where Golden State's Stephen Curry hit a dramatic game-winner against the Oklahoma City Thunder last month.

Texas' Prince Ibeh, a 41.5-percent free throw shooter for the season, made the first of two to put the Longhorns ahead 70-69 with 45.1 seconds remaining.

Klint Carlson scored for Northern Iowa, then Taylor missed a driving layup, and Northern Iowa rebounded. Washpun was fouled with 11.9 seconds to play. He made one of two free throws to set up the final sequence.

Texas ran out to a 7-0 lead, but Northern Iowa rallied and tied the game at 11.

Jesperson made a 3-pointer, and Texas' Shaquille Cleare was called for a flagrant foul. Bennett Koch made the free throw, then Jeremy Morgan made a 3-pointer on the extra possession to give the Panthers a 21-13 lead.

Northern Iowa pushed its lead to 16 in the first half and led 44-36 at halftime. The Panthers shot 59 percent before the break. Texas would have been in even more trouble, but Taylor scored 16 points in the first half.

Holland's 3-pointer cut Northern Iowa's lead to 47-46, and Eric Davis' 3 with just under 14 minutes remaining gave Texas the lead again.

Washpun committed his fourth foul with 9:28 left in regulation and the score tied at 58. He came back in about four minutes later, and Northern Iowa had a 66-65 lead. Washpun was able to play the rest of the way.

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