Loyola Marymount 71, New Mexico St. 69
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Brandon Worthy hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left Friday to lead Loyola Marymount back from a 17-point deficit for a 71-69 victory over New Mexico State.
Worthy led the Lions (2-1) with 28 points.
After an Aggie steal that led to a fast-break dunk by David Fisher, Loyola Marymount trailed 69-68 with 14.3 seconds to play.
The Lions worked the ball to Worthy, who was playing with a leg cramp. As he approached the 3-point arc he stumbled to his left, then spun to his right and leaped forward as he fell, swishing the 3-pointer.
Worthy then blocked New Mexico State’s final shot by Justin Hawkins that came just after the buzzer, and the Loyola Marymount fans stormed the court.
Ted Knauber led the Aggies (1-1) with 14 points.
Loyola Marymount trailed 64-53 with 8:17 to play when coach Rodney Tention was ejected after a second technical.
The Lions then went on a 15-0 run over the next 5:19 to take a 68-65 lead. During the stretch, Derick Grubb scored on a dunk, a 7-foot jumper and a 3-pointer before fouling out.