Jahmar Young's Jumper With 0.9 Seconds Left Stuns Hawai'i 71-69

Jahmar YoungJahmar Young buried an 18-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds left to play as the Aggies erased a 12-point halftime deficit and stunned Hawai'i 71-69. The Warriors had just tied the game and 69 on a three pointer by Hiram Thompson with 15 seconds remaining. Head coach Marvin Menzies elected to not call a timeout and the move paid off. Young finished with 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Roderick Flemings scored 23 points for the Warriors.

The Aggies trailed 6-0 early in the game and were being outworked by the Warriors on the boards. Hawai'i outrebounded the Aggies 27-14 in the first half alone and had 10 offensive rebounds at the half which they had converted into 14 points. Behind their second chance-points the Warriors build a 40-28 lead at the break.

In the second half the Aggies came out with a different energy and after Hawai'i extended their lead to 42-29 51 seconds into the second half, the Aggies would go on a 15-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 45-42 lead.

The two teams battled back and forth over the bulk of the second half and with 2:12 left to play in the game the score was tied at 64. Jahmar Young split a pair of free throws to give the Aggies a 65-64 lead but Roderick Flemings answered with a bucket to give the Warriors the lead back at 66-65. On the next possession down the court the Aggies' Jonathan Gibson launched a three pointer with 1:28 left to play. The shot careened off the rim and headed toward the Aggie bench but Wendell McKines saved the ball giving the Aggies another chance. With 1:13 left to play Jahmar Young took a shot which also missed and careened off to the right and was headed out of bounds but a hustle play by Wendell McKines who grabbed the ball and threw it back over his head where it was briefly corralled by a Hawai'i player before the Aggies grabbed it. Jahmar Young put up another shot, this time it went in giving the Aggies a 67-66 lead with 1:05 left to play.

Hawai'i would miss a shot and the Aggies grabbed the rebound and Jonathan Gibson was fouled with 31 seconds remaining. Gibson knocked down both free throws to give the Aggies a three point lead at 69-66. Hiram Thompson buried a long three pointer with 15 seconds left to tie the game and it looked like the two teams might be headed to overtime. However, Jahmar Young had other ideas and with three seconds left on the clock he launched a shot from just inside the three point line on the right elbow and it went in with 0.9 seconds left on the clock leaving the Warriors stunned. Hawai'i inbounded the ball and threw up a prayer as the buzzer sounded and the Aggies escaped with a two point victory.

In addition to Young's 26 points, Jonathan Gibson added 19 points and Wendell McKines added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Hamidu Rahman just missed a double-double finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds and Hernst Laroche finished with four points.

Roderick Flemings finished with 23 points and would have provided the highlight of the night had it not been for Jahmar Young's game-winning shot. Flemings threw down a vicious one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Jeremy Lay with 7:58 remaining in the game. Brandon Adams finished with 14 points for the Warriors. Petras Balocka finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

The two teams combined for 40 personal fouls, 20 on each side. The Aggies finished the game shooting 16-of-23 from the free throw line, Hawai'i finished just 14-of-24.

The Aggies shot 38 percent from the field in the game but shot 44 percent in the second half. Hawai'i shot 50 percent from the field in the first half but struggled in the second half shooting just 33 percent. Neither team shot the ball well from three point distance as the Aggies hit just 3-of-20 (15 percent) and Hawai'i hit 5-of-29 (26.3 percent).

With the win the Aggies improve to 5-1 in league play and move into a tie for first place with Louisiana Tech who fell 87-76 at San Jose State. The Aggies will face the Spartans on Saturday night in San Jose. The Warriors fall to 2-4 in league play.