Jesperson’s prayer ends Longhorns’ hopes of long tournament run

Sports Writing


The Daily Texan



The Texas Longhorns and Northern Iowa Panthers were headed to overtime.

Texas junior guard Isaiah Taylor tied the game with a layup with 2.7 seconds on the clock. Northern Iowa elected not to take a timeout. Everyone in Chesapeake Arena thought the game would need five more minutes to decide a winner.

But Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson took the ensuing inbound pass and weaved his way toward the half-court line as Longhorns tried to defend but not foul the senior guard. With a second left, he heaved up a prayer.

It was answered.

And just like that, the Longhorns’ hopes of a long NCAA tournament run were destroyed.