Northern Iowa Shows Class in Postgame Interviews After Demoralizing Defeat

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- Northern Iowa's blown lead on Sunday night was not only the biggest collapse in NCAA Tournament history but college basketball history as a whole.

Northern Iowa led by 12 points with 35 seconds to play, then everything went wrong for the Panthers, and right for the Texas A&M Aggies.

The Panthers played a part in the tourney's two most buzzed about moments: A half-court buzzer-beater and a historic collapse.

It was the highest of highs and lowest of lows for the team.

Despite the whirlwind of emotions, Northern Iowa showed class in the postgame interviews.

"Man, we played our tails off, and unfortunately, we were on the wrong side of just a crazy 30 seconds," Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson said. "You know, 30 seconds that we aren't going to be able to ever have an answer for, nor do we need one, it just happened to go that way."

"It's just tough. It's the NCAA Tournament, though, that's what happens," Northern Iowa guard Matt Bohannon said. "Paul's shot doesn't go in a couple days ago, we go to overtime, we don't know what happens. So it just is a wide range of emotions. And just couldn't have been prouder to be with Paul and Wes here and understand what we did this season and what we showed the country and how we understand that we should be moving on. But credit them for making some plays, but we were 30 seconds away from getting one step closer to our goals."

On Monday, Northern Iowa returned home and kept the stunning NCAA Tournament moments in perspective.

"When you are a part of something special like we are here at the University of Northern Iowa, you will handle the good and the bad with the possible class that you can," Jacobson said. "That's where I give our guys a lot of credit.

"Again, as we all know we made history on both sides this weekend," Jacobson added. "You don't make half-court shots to win NCAA Tournament games and you don't blow leads like that. So we're in the history books on both sides of it."


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