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RENO, Nev. - New Mexico State junior guard Jahmar Young hit the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Aggie men's basketball team over Nevada, 80-79, in the WAC Tournament semifinals at the Lawlor Events Center.
The Aggies improved to 21-11 and advance to the title game against Utah State at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. NMSU is making its third appearance in the championship game in the last four years.
With the Aggies trailing, 79-78, Young sank a jumper from the elbow to finish with 15 points. Sophomore forward Troy Gillenwater had a season-high 21 points while junior forward Wendell McKines recorded his second consecutive double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Jonathan Gibson also scored 10 points for the Aggies. NMSU is now 8-0 in games decided by five points or less this season.
Nevada jumped to an early lead and scored the first seven points of the game. The Aggies answered with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 9-9 following a pair of sophomore center Hamidu Rahman free throws at the 17:20 mark. NMSU collected its first lead, 13-11, with two free throws from Gillenwater with 16:09 to play.
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