No. 3 Texas A&M was down by 12 points with just 44 seconds remaining, but took advantage of turnovers, bad clock management and missed free throws by No. 11 Northern Iowa to go on a 14-2 run to end regulation before finally winning in double-overtime 92-88 and punch a ticket to the Sweet Sixteen. Alex Caruso led the Aggies with 25 points while also chipping in nine rebounds, and team leader Danuel House scored all 22 of his points in the second half and the overtimes.
The Panthers appeared to have this game in the bag, but the wheels suddenly fell off. Crucial turnovers helped Texas A&M tie the game late in regulation on an Admon Gilder layup, and the momentum shifted forever at that point. UNI also wasn’t helped by both Wes Washpun and Paul Jesperson fouling out, with the latter making a crucial mistake at the end of the first overtime by heaving the ball from halfcourt with five seconds remaining in hopes of winning the game, and Matt Bohannon also sat out most of the latter minutes with a left leg injury.
Texas A&M also out-rebounded Northern Iowa 50-39 and enjoyed taking control as Caruso’s jumper with mere seconds remaining in the first overtime tied the game, and the rest is history as the Aggies are headed to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2007, back when Mark Turgeon was the coach.
Next for Texas A&M is a tough matchup in Anaheim against No. 2 Oklahoma, but tonight should provide the Aggies plenty of momentum at their backs.
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