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Texas A&M rides miracle finish to 2OT win over Northern Iowa

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Friday, Northern Iowa won its NCAA tournament opener with a miracle.

Sunday, Texas A&M eliminated the Panthers with a miracle of its own.

The Aggies went on a stunning 14-2 run in the final 35 seconds to send the game into overtime, then won it in double overtime 92-88 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the most improbable of fashions.

After a pair of Jeremy Morgan free throws, Northern Iowa led 69-57 and appeared on its way to a second upset in the Oklahoma City Regional. Two days earlier, the 11th-seeded Panthers beat Texas on Paul Jesperson's buzzer-beating shot from half court.

This time, it was Texas A&M's turn to deliver a miracle inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Following an uncontested layup, the Aggies forced three consecutive turnovers off the press, leading to a Danuel House layup, a Jalen Jones dunk and a House 3-pointer.

It looked as if Northern Iowa had finally salted the game away after the Panthers found Klint Carlson streaking behind the press for a breakaway dunk with 17 seconds to go. But the Aggies came right back, as Alex Caruso scooped in a layup while drawing an ill-advised Northern Iowa foul. Caruso nailed the free throw, then Texas A&M trapped Panthers point guard Wes Washpun in the corner. With no timeouts, Washpun tried to throw the ball off a Texas A&M defender and out of bounds. Instead, he missed, and Admon Gilder grabbed the turnover and scored with 2 seconds remaining to tie the score and send the game to overtime.

Morgan, who poured in a game-high 36 points, tried valiantly to carry the Panthers in overtime, especially once Washpun and Jesperson fouled out. But the Panthers failed to make a basket in the second overtime. And the Aggies rode the momentum of their regulation finish to advance to the Sweet 16, where they'll face seconded-seeded Oklahoma in Anaheim, Calif.