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Missed FTs, late pass cost NMex St in 78-77 loss to Auburn

After a teammate passed up an open layup that could have tied the game, New Mexico State's Terrell Brown was fouled behind the arc and missed two of three free throws as the Aggies dropped a 78-77 heartbreaker Thursday to fifth-seeded Auburn in the...

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NMSU passes up tying layup, falls short in thriller

New Mexico State suffered a painful, one-point loss to Auburn on Thursday in which guard A.J. Harris passed up a tying layup in the closing seconds and dished it off for a potential game-winning 3.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

A crazy finish to Auburn (-6)-New Mexico State, as Tigers hold on to win 78-77. Game goes OVER total of 145.5. Underdogs are now 3-0 ATS on the day.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Terrell Brown, fouled while attempting a 3, saw the game-tying free throw go in and out with 1.1 seconds left, but his team got another chance after Auburn lost the rebound out of bounds. Trevelin Queen then got a clean look from the corner, but air-balled his shot. Auburn holds on, but a great effort by New Mexico State. What a finish.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Mexico State will not go away. Malik Dunbar hit a quick 3 at the corner to pull them within 1 once again, with 6.8 seconds left.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Mexico State forced back-to-back turnovers and got a huge 3 from Trevelin Queen to pull within 1 with 15 seconds left. Packed house here is stunned.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jared Harper having a big second half after being limited by foul trouble in the first. Now up to a game-high 17 points on 4 of 8 shooting from 3. Also has 4 assists, with Auburn up 9.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

This is more like the Auburn team we expected in the Tournament — getting extra possessions, stretching the floor. They have forced 5 turnovers and made 4 3-pointers in the first 9 minutes of the second half, lead by 8.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn is separating itself early in this second half. Less than three minutes in, they made a couple of 3s, forced 4 turnovers and jumped out to a 10-0 run.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn did not make a shot in the final 5 minutes and 22 seconds of the first half. Both teams are shooting a combined 5 of 25 from 3.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn ahead 32-29 on New Mexico State after the first half despite having to sit Jared Harper for most of it because of foul trouble. Chuma Okeke has 8 points to lead Auburn, which has gone 10 deep.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn's athleticism and physicality is making it very difficult for New Mexico State to get shots off in its half-court offense. Aggies have 8 turnovers and are shooting 40 percent, but they're down only 6 with the first half winding down.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jared Harper picked up two early fouls, but J'Von McCormick has been big off the bench, making 3 of 4 shots to help Auburn get out to a 10-0 run that has them up 6 with 6:22 left in the first half.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Mexico State, owners of the longest losing streak in Tournament history, getting ready to tip against Auburn. Aggies coach Chris Jans is most concerned about Auburn's athleticism. His team doesn't see anything like that in the WAC. "It's going to be like walking out in the cold for the first time in the winter."

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Team Stats

Points Per Game73.7184th
Rebounds Per Game36.7226th
Assists Per Game12.3244th
Points Allowed58.0Tied-42nd

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Tournament History

Final Fours1
Tournament Record10-25
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances23