Although no local teams made the NCAA Tournament, 2015 was the best year in a long time for Chicago college basketball.
The Catch and Shoot has chosen its top 10 moments of the year and will be rolling out one per day starting with No. 10 today and ending on New Year’s Eve with No. 1.
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.
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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