Joe Wieskamp saved the Hawkeyes with his crazy buzzer-beater — and the internet loved it

Jake Kurtz
Hawk Central
Feb 16, 2019; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights center Shaquille Doorson (2) reacts after Iowa Hawkeyes guard Joe Wieskamp (10) made the game-winning basket during the second half at Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC). The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 71-69.

Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp knocked down the biggest shot of his young career Saturday, a last-second 3-pointer from the corner that banked off the glass, silenced a sellout Rutgers crowd and allowed the No. 17 Hawkeyes to escape with a 71-69 victory.

Making the buzzer-beater all the better was that Rutgers seemingly had the upset in hand with 3.3 seconds on the clock. That's after Geo Baker connected on an arching 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 69-68.

The reaction on social media to Wieskamp's miracle make was as expected:

The shot's even better with an assist from the legendary Celine Dion:

The view from behind Wieskamp and Iowa's bench shows the ball seemingly defy physics, a notion echoed by CBS Sports college basketball analyst Seth Davis:

WHO-TV's Keith Murphy had the reaction inside a local sports bar:

And in case you were wondering what Iowa's statistical chances were of winning the game prior to Wieskamp's heroics, well, they weren't great:

The victory Saturday in New Jersey capped a wild week for Iowa, which began last Sunday with Hawkeye guard Jordan Bohannon sinking a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to beat Northwestern 80-79 in Iowa City. The official Twitter account for the Wildcats had a message for their Big Ten brethren after Saturday's defeat.