Top 10 Moments of 2015 in Chicago Basketball

10. Northwestern beats Virginia Tech in B1G/ACC Challenge, receives votes in AP Top 25

The first week of December 2015 was a big one for Northwestern. The Wildcats received votes in the AP Top 25 for the first time under third-year coach Chris Collins and followed that with their first Big Ten/ACC Challenge win since 2011, defeating Virginia Tech 81-79.

The win in Blacksburg was a thriller.

Photo: Michael Shroyer / USA Today Sports

Photo: Michael Shroyer / USA Today Sports


After Northwestern controlled the first half, Virginia Tech responded behind a sensational performance from guard Seth Allen. The Hokies still trailed 69-63 with 4:21 remaining. Allen scored seven points in the final four minutes, including a pair of free throws with 55 seconds left, to force overtime.

Northwestern guard Tre Demps missed a jumper at the regulation buzzer that would have broken a 73-73 tie.

Virginia Tech took a 77-73 lead in the opening moments of overtime, but consecutive 3-pointers from Northwestern forward Sanjay Lumpkin and guard Bryant McIntosh put Northwestern ahead. After Virginia Tech tied the score, McIntosh made a driving layup with 27.4 seconds remaining to give Northwestern an 81-79 lead.

On Virginia Tech’s final possession, Lumpkin’s defense on Allen nearly forced a turnover. The Hokies recovered the loose ball, but guard Chris Clarke‘s rushed jumper at the buzzer to force a second overtime rimmed out.

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