The Rutgers Scarlet Knights picked up one of the most impressive wins of the college basketball season so far Thursday. In a home game against the Purdue Boilermarkers (ranked No. 1 in both the AP and coaches’ polls), the Scarlet Knights fell behind with 3.4 seconds left off a Purdue basket. But they got the ball inbounded to Ron Harper Jr. (yes, the son of famed NBA player Ron Harper), who dribbled across halfcourt himself and launched a shot at the buzzer from halfway between the three-point line and the midway line…and made it, setting up the court-storming seen above.
🚨 RON HARPER AT THE BUZZER!!!!!!!! 🚨
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) December 10, 2021
That’s an incredible win for Rutgers, and one of the most notable upsets (Purdue was favored by 13.5 points) of this college basketball season so far. It was also a historic moment for the Scarlet Knights:
🚨RON HARPER JR. BUZZER BEATER 🚨@RutgersMBB just secured their first W over a No. 1️⃣ team in program history.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 10, 2021
That’s a great moment for Harper (who had 30 points and 10 rebounds on the night), and for Rutgers. And we’ll see what this leads to, for both the Scarlet Knights and the Boilermakers.
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