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Texas A&M uses furious comeback to down Northern Iowa

Texas A&M's Danuel House, right, is fouled by Northern Iowa guard Wes Washpun as he shoots in the first overtime of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Texas A&M won 92-88 in double overtime. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Kurt Voigt Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY – Alex Caruso scored 25 points as Texas A&M overcame a 10-point deficit with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation to come back for a 92-88 double overtime victory over Northern Iowa in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night.

The win puts the third-seeded Aggies (28-8) in the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history, the first since 2007.

Danuel House scored all 22 of his points in the second half and overtime, while Jalen Jones finished with 16 for Texas A&M – which has now won 10 of its last 11 games.

Jeremy Morgan had career highs of 36 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Panthers (23-13), who led 69-59 in the final minute of regulation before committing four turnovers in the final 29 seconds to spark the Aggies comeback.

Texas A&M’s spot in next week’s Sweet 16 against Oklahoma looked all but impossible when it trailed 69-59 with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

However, Admon Gilder’s steal and layup with 1.9 seconds remaining tied the game at 71-71 for the Aggies – capping a remarkable last-minute comeback.

House then scored the first eight points of the first overtime for Texas A&M, while Caruso sent the game to a second extra period with his drive and layup with 5.9 seconds remaining to tie the game at 83-83.

In the second overtime, the Aggies led by as many as four points before House finally made the comeback stick with a free throw with 12.6 seconds remaining to give Texas A&M a 92-88 lead.

Klint Carlson scored 17 points to match his career high for Northern Iowa, which was seeking only the second Sweet 16 appearance in school history, while Paul Jesperson added 11 points and Wes Washpun had 10 assists.

The Aggies trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, and their postseason appeared ready to come to an end when Northern Iowa went up 69-57 after two free throws by Morgan with 44 seconds remaining in regulation.

However, with Northern Iowa’s Matt Bohannon, the team’s main inbounds passer, on the bench with a left knee injury, the Aggies forced the Panthers into several late turnovers. That included one with just seconds remaining by Washpun, who tried to throw the ball off Gilder but instead threw it to the Aggies guard – who scored with 1.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Texas A&M struggled for much of the game against the Panthers, who advanced to the second round with a buzzer-beating halfcourt winner over Texas by Jesperson.

The Aggies shot 22.2 percent (6 of 27) in the first half, including an 0-of-9 effort by House, but they found the right touch when the needed it in the closing minute.