Freakish decision, missed free throws doom New Mexico State's upset bid

Mar 21 2019 Salt Lake City UT USA New Mexico State Aggies player react on the bench during the second half in the first round of the 20

Mar 21 2019 Salt Lake City UT USA New Mexico State Aggies player react on the bench during the second half in the first round of the 20

It looked like Auburn had the game won with 12 second remaining after taking a four point lead following a missed AJ Harris free throw attempt, but JoJo Zamora came through with what a hail marry of a long ball off of Harris' feed to cut the lead back to one point.

Auburn, coached by Bruce Pearl, halted the Aggies' 19-game winning streak on Thursday. For New Mexico State, Terrell Brown shoots 43.1 percent from 3-point range, averaging a pair of 3-pointers per contest.

But Auburn fans likely would have preferred an easier road to a first-round victory than the path that left Pearl incensed.

The Aggies closed in on the Tigers making the score 73-72 with 29 seconds left on the clock. Brown was fouled as he took the shot, but missed two of three free throws with 1.1 seconds left, and New Mexico State fell 78-77.

For the win.NO! The only shots that didn't fall down the stretch for the New Mexico State Aggies were the final nails in the coffin. The Tigers held and eight-point lead with under two minutes left to play. However, the Aggies couldn't respond and Trevelin Queen missed a three-point jump shot to lose the game. Okeke scored 13, while Brown chipped in 12. "That's what happens in the NCAA Tournament".

Auburn had attempted 1,052 3-pointers this season - third most in the country - and kept it going.

For just the second time in the history of the two programs, Kansas and Auburn will square off on the basketball court on Saturday night, with the victor earning a trip to the Sweet 16 in Kansas City, Mo. Not long after, Yale almost pulled off the upset against No. 3 seed LSU, but the Tigers pulled away late.

Jared Harper had 17 points and four assists for Auburn, and Chuma Okeke added 13 points and five rebounds. Mississippi State takes on Liberty, and Ole Miss faces Oklahoma.

Following a make by Doughty on his second attempt, the Aggies rushed down the floor to try and get a good look when, for whatever reason, they passed up a wide-open lay-up to try for the win with a 3.

The Auburn Tigers broke a 34-year drought to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament this year, soundly besting SEC No. 2 Tennessee 84-64 in the final to mark their resurgence.

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