Another #1 Bites the Dust

December 10, 2021 Another #1 Bites the Dust


Rutgers Shocks #1 Purdue (70-68) on Ron Harper Jr.’s Half-Court Buzzer-Beater

Thursday’s shot heard ‘round the world came to us courtesy of Rutgers’ Ron Harper Jr. in what was a must-see moment that took down the third No. 1-ranked team is as many weeks. After falling behind by 10 late in the second half, the Scarlet Knights rallied to pull within one in the final minute. A pair of traded baskets gave Purdue the lead (68-67) with just over three seconds left. Enter Harper Jr. — with 3 of his game-high 30 points — burying a half-court game-winner to shock the Boilermakers (70-68) in New Jersey. It was Purdue’s first-ever game as the nation’s No. 1 team.


Watch: Ron Harper Jr. Stuns No. 1 Purdue With Half-Court Buzzer-Beater


Watch: Full Game Highlights


First, Gonzaga. Then, Duke. Now, Purdue. The men’s college basketball poll has seen three No. 1 teams go down in consecutive weeks. Next up? We expect Baylor (8-0).


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