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

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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.

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