Northwestern’s buzzer beater moves to finals in ‘Best Play’ category

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Northwestern center Dererk Pardon, left, looks to the basket for the game winning-shot against Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 67-65. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: ILNH112

Northwestern men’s basketball team’s buzzer beater advanced to the finals in voting for the “Best Play” category in the ESPY awards.

Nathan Taphorn’s thrilling full-court pass to Dererk Pardon for a game-winning layup defeated Michigan on March 1. The play was seeded No. 4 among the 16 plays and has advanced through the two rounds of voting in the bracket-style format to reach the finals.

The other three nominees are a catch by the New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman in the Super Bowl, a game-winning shot by South Carolina to defeat UConn in the Women’s Final Four and a pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook in the Green Bay Packers’ NFL playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The voting remains underway and fans can cast their vote here. The 2017 ESPYS will be July 12 beginning at 7 p.m. and televised on Ch. 7.

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