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Rutgers stuns No. 1 Purdue on buzzer beater from Ron Harper Jr.

The shot of the year in college basketball has unranked Rutgers knock off the top team in America.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Ron Harper Jr. celebrates a three point shot against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half at Jersey Mike’s Arena. Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

What a shot! Ron Harper Jr. (yes, that Ron Harper) at the buzzer knocks off No. 1 Purdue at The RAC!!

It was the 28th, 29th, and 30th point of the night for Harper Jr., the star of the game and the leading scorer, and it’s the first win by RU over a No. 1 ranked team in school history.

From the stands, it was even more incredible:

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights closed as a 13.5-point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook, and this might be the biggest upset in college basketball this season so far. While everyone will remember that shot, it was the defense of Rutgers that made the difference. They held the best team in the country to 25-61 from the field, and just 7-26 from three-point range.

Purdue entered with the best team and most efficient offense in the game, but the North Jersey Magic in one of college basketball’s most unusual venues seemed to overwhelm them. While the Boilermakers are one of the best ball movement teams in America, they had just 10 total assists on those 25 makes, which shows how difficult they had it in their first road game of Big Ten play this season.