March Madness: Top-10 Buzzer-Beaters


2. Indiana’s Keith Smart (1987)

After being benched earlier in the 1987 National Title game against Syracuse, Smart responded with 17 of his 21 points in the second half, none bigger than his final jumper.

Down 73-72, Indiana has the ball after Syracuse’s Derrick Coleman misses a free thrown. The Hoosiers work the ball and ultimately Smart gets a return pass from Daryl Thomas and hits a jumper from the baseline with four seconds to go to give Indiana a one-point lead. Stunned, Syracuse doesn’t stop the clock until one second remains and Smart intercepts the long inbounds pass to seal the title win for the Hoosiers.

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