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March 10, 2013On his last game on the Pan Am Center parquet floor, Aggie senior Bandja Sy nailed a 3-pointer with just 3.2 seconds left lifting NMSU over Texas-Arlington, 69-66 on senior night.
The Aggies (21-10, 14-4) now head to the 2013 WAC tournament in Las Vegas, NV hosted at The Orleans Arena beginning Thursday, March 14th. The Aggies will be a 3-seed and will play #6 seed Idaho.
NMSU's point guard K.C. Ross-Miller had his best overall performance in an Aggie uniform scoring 12 points. Ross-Miller took control of the game in the first half as the Aggies shot out to a 38-23 lead at halftime.
UT-Arlington (17-12, 11-7) made a ferocious second-half comeback to take the lead, 64-63 with 3:03 remaining in regulation. UT-Arlington eventually lead 66-64 and seemed to have the game in the win-column on a Brandon Edwards jumper with just :15 seconds remaining in the game.
But this was senior night and big players make big plays and Bandja Sy answered the call. Sy hit an open 3-pointer with just :03 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Aggies.
Two gutsy calls by coach Menzies helped setup the final play to win the game.
The first call was to not call a timeout when the Aggies had the ball with the game clock running down. Instead, coach Menzies had called the play to get the ball to Bandja Sy on the previous timeout. This allowed NMSU to setup the play without allowing UT-Arlington to setup the defense.
The second call was to put 7'5" center, Sim Bhullar to guard the inbound pass. UT-Arlington was unable to get a good pass into the court and turned the ball over on an errant pass. Aggie Remi Barry was fouled on the inbound pass and hit both free throws to seal the win at 69-66 as UT-Arlington was unable to get off a decent shot at the buzzer.
The Aggies now head to the 2013 WAC tournament in Las Vegas, NV, at The Orleans Arena as a 3-seed and will take on 6-seed Idaho in their first game on Thursday, March 14th.
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