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.
The Aggies came into the game riding a winning streak of their own. Brown missed but was fouled with 1.1 seconds left.
All but two of Auburn's six field goals over the final 11 minutes were from 3, and one of those resulted in McCormick's three-point play.
"Having that SEC experience, a year under your belt and you go out here and play New Mexico State, he's ready for that", Brown said. Trevelin Queen got a clean look from the corner, but air-balled the potential game victor, dooming the Aggies' upset bid and enabling the Tigers to advance to the NCAA tournament's second round, where they will face either fourth-seeded Kansas or 13th-seeded Northeastern.
And we now know that that game will tip off around 8:40 p.m., roughly 30 minutes following the 6:10 tipoff between top-seeded Gonzaga and No. 9 seed Baylor in the first of two games in Salt Lake on Saturday. However, let's hope the rest of the madness includes better basketball than what Auburn and New Mexico State had to offer.
Both teams go deep into their bench - the Tigers and Aggies play 10-plus guys on a consistent basis - and are prone to shoot a lot of 3-pointers.
Syracuse's Howard suspended indefinitely due to athletic policy violation
The school announced Howard's suspension on Wednesday, the eve of the Orange's NCAA Tournament game against Baylor. Details regarding the nature of Howard's suspension were not shared in the release. "He's not playing .
Auburn guard Bryce Brown (2) shoots a free throw against New Mexico State during the first half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Tigers turned it over three times in the final 65 seconds, and fouled at inopportune times, which kept sending NMSU to the free-throw line and Pearl into a frenzy on the sideline.
Every year it seems like a 12 seed is able to topple a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Auburn will face the victor of No. 4 Kansas and No. 13 Northeastern. Terance Mann added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (28-7), who were tied with the Catamounts at halftime but pulled away late.
Maryland 79, Belmont 77: Maryland's Darryl Morsell made a crucial defensive stop as Belmont went for a last-second upset, allowing the Terrapins to escape with a victory.