We have an early contender for best game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
No. 12 seed Little Rock used what will be one of the more memorable comebacks in first-round history to knock off No. 5 Purdue 85-83 in double overtime.
With 3:33 left in regulation of Purdue’s game against Little Rock, it looked like the Boilermakers were going to pull out the win easily. It was 65-52, and the game was well in control as the Trojans offense scuffled along and struggled to get clean looks against Purdue’s size inside.
That’s when the Rock began its run.
The Trojans amped up their energy and started using a full-court press to take Purdue out of its rhythm. It worked, as the Boilermakers continued to turn the ball over and couldn’t establish any offense. Still though, Little Rock found itself down 3 with 10 seconds left. That’s when Josh Hagins took over.
Hagins knocked down a ridiculous, fadeaway 30-foot 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
In all, Little Rock used an 18-5 run in the final minutes to somehow extend the contest and eventually win it.