NMSU Round Up Wow.There’s not really any other way to start. In a game with 13 lead changes, 11 ties and neither team able to lead by more than six points at any given time, it was only fitting that everything came down to the last shot at the final buzzer.
Now, Johnny McCants is probably use to seeing himself on the SportsCenter Top 10 by now with his consistently throwing down world class slam dunks over the past year-and-a-half at New Mexico State, but hitting a half-court, Hail Mary buzzer-beater to come back from what was almost an unbelievable collapse just seconds before and beat a conference rival in storybook fashion is on another level.
“When I shot it, I knew it was going in the way I released it. It felt good… After the shot went in, it was like fireworks exploded. The whole crowd, the whole team — I don’t know what happened, I got tackled out of nowhere,” McCants said, chuckling humbly. “At the end, I was just lucky and fortunate that the shot felt good off the release and went in. It’s an amazing experience.”
With that shot, the Aggies managed to keep Grand Canyon winless in Las Cruces, defeating the Lopes 77-75 in as dramatic of fashion as one could order up.
That shot wouldn’t exist without the 40 preceding minutes of fantastic basketball played by both teams to get there. New Mexico State and GCU were nearly identical across nearly all of the statistical board.
For a time late in the second half, though, things did look bleak for NM State.
After the Aggie lead was cut to one with under 30 seconds to play, redshirt-junior guard AJ Harris was pickpocketed for GCU’s go-ahead layup. Then with six seconds to play, fellow junior guard Terrell Brown missed a pair of free throws that would have given …