New Mexico St. loses 78-77 heartbreaker to Auburn.
Byline: Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY -- 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 heartbreaker Thursday to fifth-seeded Auburn in the NCAA Tournament.
The Aggies (30-5) were trailing 78-76 in the opening round of the Midwest Region when guard A.J. Harris had his defender beat and looked to be headed to the glass for the tying bucket. He instead lobbed out to Brown, who was spotted up at the elbow for a possible game-winner.
Brown missed but was fouled with 1.1 seconds left.
With Auburn's J'von McCormick grabbing his throat as Harris toed the line, Brown missed the first, made the second, then watched the third one rim out.
Auburn (27-9) knocked the ball out of bounds on the rebound and New Mexico State had one more good look, but Trevelin Queen's 3 at the buzzer was an air ball.
Kansas 87, Northeastern 53:
SALT LAKE CITY -- Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Kansas dominated inside in a rout over Northeastern.
The fourth-seeded Jayhawks (26-9) had a notable size advantage inside and used it, outscoring the Huskies 50-16 in the paint while grabbing 17 more rebounds.
The 13th-seeded Huskies (23-11) went 6 for 28 from the arc after finishing the regular season 17th in Division I at 38.6 percent. Jordan Roland had 12 points to lead the Huskies, who shot 28 percent overall.
Kentucky 79, Abliene Christian 44:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With PJ Washington watching from the bench in a cast, second-seeded Kentucky romped to a victory over Abilene Christian.
Keldon Johnson scored 25 points in a huge mismatch that was over by halftime. The Wildcats (28-6) shot 60 percent in the opening period, held Abilene Christian (27-7) to 5 of 26 from the field and went to the locker room with a 39-13 lead.
Even without Washington, who sprained his left foot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the Wildcats had far too many weapons. Reid Travis added 18 points and Tyler Herro 14. Washington didn't look close to returning as he zipped around the arena on a scooter, a hard cast covering much of his lower left leg.
Wofford 84, Seton Hall 68:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fletcher Magee led Wofford to the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. The senior guard buried seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead the Terriers (30-4) over Seton Hall (20-14) in the Midwest Region. Wofford trailed 54-53 with just over 10 minutes remaining but outscored the Pirates 31-14 from there.
In the process, Magee became the most prolific 3-point shooter in Division I history, going past the mark of 504 set by Oakland's Travis Bader in 2014.
Magee has now connected on 509 shots beyond the arc.