Notre Dame is going back to the Sweet 16 after outlasting Stephen F. Austin in one of the best games of the year, winning 76-75 behind Rex Pflueger’s tip-in with 1.5 seconds left on the clock.
Demetrius Jackson’s first attempt hit the side of the backboard, then Zach Auguste got the rebound and tried to put it back up on the rim as he was falling to the floor. With two Stephen F. Austin players reaching for the ball, it was Pflueger who got his hands on it to bat the ball off the backboard and through the rim.
No timeouts, no game-changing foul calls from the officials; it was the perfect March Madness ending decided on the court.
As you can imagine, the photos from the game (via USA Today Sports Images) are absolutely stunning and do a great job capturing the emotion and drama of the moment. Before you go check out the great reactions from Notre Dame’s bench during the game, here are five images to perfectly sum up the insanity of Sunday afternoon’s contest in Brooklyn.
We begin a few minutes before the final play with Demetrious Floyd, whose 3-pointer with 3:33 remaining gave Stephen F. Austin a lead it would hold until the final seconds and finish with the dejection of Lumberjacks star Thomas Walkup after the final horn.
Here is the actual tip-in from Pflueger.
The elation of victory.
And the agony of defeat.