Wild Finishes Were The Norm For New Mexico State Basketball In 2018-19

The Aggies’ 2018-19 season ended in the NCAA Tournament with a 78-77 loss against Auburn in a wild finish and to many a wild, unbelievable, bizarre, wildly unbelievable bizarre finish. While it certainly was wild, the Aggies were no strangers to wild, bizarre finishes to games this season so where does the NCAA tournament game rank on the list of finishes to games? Here’s our ranking:

1. Johnny McCants hits a halfcourt buzzer beater to stun Grand Canyon.
With the Aggies leading by three wth 35 seconds left and with possession of the ball, AJ Harris had his pocket picked not once but twice leading to two GCU layups and a one point deficit. Terrell Brown would miss a pair of free throws that could have tied or given the Aggies the lead but GCU’s Trey Dreschel missed the front end of a one-and-one with six seconds left and the rest is history.

2. Trevelin Queen beats the buzzer to stun Cal State Bakersfield in overtime.
This was perhaps an even more bizarre a final 69 seconds than the Auburn game. The Aggies were riding a seven game win streak after dropping their WAC opener at Cal Baptist. The streak looked dead in the water with Bakersfield leading by nine points with 1:09 left to play. After a Johnny McCants free throw cut the Roadrunners’ lead to eight with 58 seconds left, the Aggies started pressing and Bakersfield completely unraveled committing four turnovers meanwhile the Aggies would get a jumper from AJ Harris (deficit cut to six), a free throws from Terrell Brown (deficit at four), another pair of free throws from McCants (deficit at two) and a dunk from Brown (tie game). The Aggies then trailed by a bucket after a Jarkel Joiner jumper with eight seconds left but Trevelin Quieen would hit a wide open three at the buzzer for the win.

3. The Aggies come THIS close to an NCAA Tournament upset

4. New Mexico State avoids historic collapse at The Pit.
The Aggies led by 19 points with nine minutes left, by 14 with 2:25 left and by seven with 34 seconds left. A three pointer from UNM’s Vance Jackson with 23 seconds left cut the lead to three. missed free throws from Terrell Brown followed by a layup from UNM’s Anthony Mathis cut the lead to two points with seven seconds left. What followed on the ensuing inbounds play was a comedy of errors by both teams as Shunn Buchanan turned the ball over but then Anthony Mathis returned the favor as he was attempting to drive to the basket and the Aggies hung on and avoided what would have been a collapse of monumental proportions.

5. New Mexico State hangs on at UTRGV
The Aggies led by six with 50 seconds left but UTRGV hit a pair of threes, the teams traded free throws, UTRGV’s Tyson Smith got a layup with 13 seconds left to tied the game at 61 and then AJ Harris found Eli Chuha with a bullet pass for a layup with eight seconds left to give the Aggies the 63-61 win.

Honorable Mention:

New Mexico State Sweeps Washington State
JoJo Zamora buries Washington State with a three with 1.9 seconds left to give the Aggies a 75-72 win. New Mexico State led this game by as many as 16 in the first half.

Aggies' potential game-winning layup blocked against Drake
Trailing by 15 just a couple of minutes into the second half of their game against Drake, the Aggies chipped away and trailed by just one after a three pointer from Terrell Brown with 23 seconds left. After a missed free throw from Nick McGlynn, Terrell Brown drove the baseline and looked like he would get a go-ahead layup but was stuffed by McGlynn who would then hit a pair of free throws to ice the game.