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Northern Iowa gets past Texas on half-court buzzer-beater from Paul Jesperson

Paul Jesperson let go a prayer from half court that banked in to push the Panthers into the second round.

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The Missouri Valley is still perfect in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a miracle shot from Paul Jesperson. With his half-court buzz-beater, the Panthers moved into the Second Round to face off against Texas A&M on Sunday.

You just have to watch it again, and again, and again to appreciate the beauty of the lob and the bank into the basket. No shot could have been more perfect to win this game.

Northern Iowa went 8-for-20 from 3-point range thanks to that game-winner, with Jesperson landing half of those. He finished with 14 points. Wes Washpun added 17 points and three assists, while Jeremy Morgan put in 16.

The shot spoiled quite a comeback by Texas who trailed by eight at the half and were behind by as many as 16. The Longhorns managed to force a back and forth contest in the final minutes, and looked headed to overtime prior to the miracle heave.

Isaiah Taylor scored 22 points to go with six assists in the loss.

The Panthers will play at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, and can be seen on truTV.