Preview Drake held NMSU to just 32.8 percent shooting, but a 44-31 advantage on the glass and 24 second-chance points kept the Aggies afloat and in position to nearly steal the game from the Bulldogs. Live Stats 1350 ESPN FS1 Listen Live Watch Live “For Nick, that’s where he’s matured, that next play.,” DeVries said. “His next play was the one that won the game. He just did his job and played like a senior.” Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) McGlynn’s standout night wasn’t without drama though. With 11 seconds left and the Bulldogs up 64-63, McGlynn missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw. However, the senior sprinted down the floor to position himself to block Terrell Brown’s game-winning attempt and came down with the rebound. Next Game: LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Led by 19 points and a game-winning block from senior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.), the Drake University men’s basketball team advanced to the title game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic with a gritty 66-63 win over New Mexico State Saturday evening at Orleans Arena. Full Schedule Roster Drake advances to play either Washington State or San Diego Sunday in the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CST with a nationally televised broadcast on FS1. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs led by as many as 15 points before a tough New Mexico State (9-3) team made it a one-point game in the final minute. However, Drake (9-2) ultimately executed enough in that last minute to preserve the victory. “You just have to know how you can help your team on that next possession,” McGlynn said. “I knew after I missed that free throw that I had to get back and play defense.” Out of a called timeout, Drake responded to end the Aggie run, but NMSU continued to chip away at the lead until pulling within a point at 59-58 with 1:16 remaining as a result of a careless Bulldog turnover. However, Drake’s Nick Norton (Bloomington, Ill.) countered with a three-pointer on the following possession to extend the lead, but NMSU kept pace and pulled within a point again at 64-64 on a Brown three-pointer to set up the final twenty seconds of the contest. “I thought our guys continued to fight and made the plays when they needed to down the stretch,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “I’m so proud of them and that’s a really good basketball team we beat.” Story Links Brown led NMSU with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting while Ivan Aurrocoechea had 10 rebounds for the Aggies. “Our guys competed, they were in there fighting,” DeVries said. “New Mexico State was relentless on the glass. I told our guys, New Mexico State is going to try to out-tough you and if they do, they’ll win. I thought we made just enough of the tough plays to win and I love the effort they gave.” vs. San Diego 12/23/2018 – 6:30 p.m. McGlynn was promptly fouled and sank a pair of free throws with three seconds left to seal the win and continue the Bulldogs’ best start to a season since 2007-08. Drake also had double-digit scoring nights from Norton with 11 points, six assists and four steals while Tremell Murphy (Griffith, Ind.) had 14 points and five rebounds. Drake extended a 10-point halftime lead to 15 points, 42-27, in the first two minutes of the second before NMSU started the disrupt the Bulldogs’ offense and force four turnovers in the next three minutes. Minutes later, the Aggies went on a 12-4 run to pull within five points, 48-43, with less than eight minutes remaining.