Nevada trailed New Mexico 90-76 with just over a minute left last night. What happened next was one of the most insane comebacks you’ll see. pic.twitter.com/PEqe0wmbqK
— March Madness 2017 (@Madness2017) January 8, 2017
If you write this down, play by play, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched. But watching it gives one a true appreciation of why this is one of the more remarkable college basketball sequences in recent memory. Down 14 points with 1:10 to play in their game against New Mexico, the University of Nevada pulled off a comeback for the ages.
It started when a Wolfpack player stole the ball, quickly dashed up court, and knocked down a 3 with 1:05 to go. They promptly fouled, but New Mexico missed both free throws. Nevada got the rebound, sprinted the other way, and knocked down another 3 to pull within 8, 90-82 with 52.4 seconds remaining.
More missed free throws kept the door open just a crack for Nevada, as the Lobos made 1-of-2 on their next trip to the line. Then, the Wolfpack hit a third 3 to cut the margin to six.
Another 1-for-2 trip to the charity stripe for New Mexico and Nevada again hurried up the floor. They again knocked down a trey cut the margin to four with 28.4 left. New Mexico finally made a pair from the line, but Nevada did it again! They made their fifth 3 in 47 seconds to cut it to a one possession game.
New Mexico had one more chance from the line. They missed both shots. (Shaquille O’Neal was not on the New Mexico roster, by the way. We checked.)
Nevada had the rock with a chance to tie. Guard Marcus Marshall threw one up from the left side. Off the glass…and good!
Absolute insanity. Six 3-pointers in 57 seconds. A 14 point deficit wiped out. Truly fantastic stuff.
Amazingly, New Mexico recovered to actually take a two point lead into the final seconds of overtime. But the Wolfpack did it once last time from downtown, and they secured an incredible one point victory
The words simply don’t do it justice. This was so fun to watch.
Check it out above, via the March Madness blog and ESPN.
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