NEW YORK — A buzzer-beater in Brooklyn.
And what a Friday this has become for the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Seventh-ranked Iowa beat No. 10 Temple in overtime after Mike Gesell’s shot was long, but Adam Woodbury was there for the catch.
Iowa wins 72-70 and moves on to play Villanova in Sunday’s second round.
But did he push off? You can make that case that yes, he indeed did. Watch it again. Woodbury is well-positioned but he gives a nudge to Temple’s Obi Enechionyia.
Adam Woodbury with the game-winner at the buzzer! https://t.co/NSux4uwoAH #MarchMadness
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2016
Temple fans can’t be happy. Our Wally Szczerbiak sums it up with this tweet:
Great win for @TheIowaHawkeyes despite the blatant foul push off by Adam Woodbury on game winner. #MarchMadness
— Wally Szczerbiak (@wallyball) March 18, 2016
Temple coach Fran Dunphy, meanwhile, didn’t bite when asked about the push-off.
Fran Dunphy on if he thought the winner was a push-off from Woodbury: “I have no idea. … The reality is, it doesn’t matter.”
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 18, 2016
For an Iowa team that advances, it’s a rejuvenating win for a team that ended the season on a horrid slump.
It was electric here at Barclays Center. A terrific fan turnout. Woodbury finished with 10 points, while Iowa was led by Jarrod Uthoff’s 23. Temple pushed (no pun intended) the game to OT in crazy fashion after Iowa fouled Quenton DeCosey with 2.1 seconds to go. He cashed all three.