Rutgers’ Ron Harper is the talk of the sports world on Thursday night.
With the Scarlet Knights facing the tall task of taking on the first-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, the game went back-and-forth for most of the second half.
With a little over three seconds left, Purdue’s Trevion Williams made what appeared to be the game winning field goal. But when Ron Harper took the ball on the inbound, he got as close as he could down the floor before flipping up a heave.
When the shot went down, Rutgers fans rejoiced for what has easily been the most electric scene of the young college basketball season.
HALFCOURT SHOT AT THE BUZZER TO BEAT THE NO. 1 TEAM
Ron Harper Jr. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/WuIe4mOWeh
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 10, 2021
Shortly after the wild shot went down, social media was blowing up with praise for Ron Harper Jr.
What a finish in Piscataway. Ron Harper Jr. Wow!!!
— Scott Greene (@TerrapinNation) December 10, 2021
RON HARPER JR.!!!!
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) December 10, 2021
ron harper jr OWNS purdue
— . (@PlayoffHuskies) December 10, 2021
Just watched Ron Harper Jr., the son of my friend, hit a buzzer beater for Rutgers to beat the #1 team in the country Purdue 70-68! He got the inbound pass at 3 seconds, dribbled past half-court, and pulled up for the game-winning 3 point shot! Wow wow wow! 🤯
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) December 10, 2021
Ron Harper Jr. pic.twitter.com/5pwJchPymr
— Paul Mulcahy (@paulmulcahy_3) December 10, 2021
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Ron Harper Jr. pulled the Rutgers squad to the massive upset – with the closing line at around +650 (depending on what sports book you’re looking at).
Perhaps the best part of college basketball is that any given thing can happen night-in and night-out. And Harper’s Rutgers squad most definitely showed that on Thursday.
Ron Harper Jr’s shot against Purdue will live in infamy forever.