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The Fighting Texas A&M Aggies made the greatest comeback in NCAA history. Thanks to their motivation, they are now going to the next round.

Connor Tennies, Sports Editor

The comeback was improbable, but they overcame those odds. March continues to be madness in the NCAA after Texas A&M overcame a 12 point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, needing an additional OT period before defeating Northern Iowa and advancing to the Sweet 16.

With 44 seconds left on the last quarter, The Fighting Texas A&M Aggies were 12 points down against the Panthers, 69-57. They were expected to be eliminated.

After Admon Gilder hit a layup with 33 seconds remaining to cut the difference to 10, he picked up a steal on the following possession and found Danuel House on a layup to cut the lead to eight points.

Following a timeout with 25 seconds remaining, A&M snagged a steal from Paul Jesperson and threw down a dunk. Danuel House hit a three after another Panthers turnover. However, a Klint Carlson dunk on the other end appeared to put the final nail in the A&M out the game.

Down 71-66 with 17 seconds remaining, Caruso cut the lead to 2 points by altering an and-one layup in the paint and hitting the free throw. A&M trapped

Panther Wes Washpun in the corner on the succeeding inbounds pass before Gilder swiped the ball and hit a tying layup with 2 seconds remaining. This time around the Panthers missed their half court heave, sending the game to overtime.

Through overtime, The Aggies successfully beat North Iowa with the final score, 92-88. The Aggies have now secured themselves in the position of the Sweet 16.