No. 22 Texas A&,M 70, Texas Tech 67
Mark Turgeon knew his team was tired after playing three games
in 10 days, so he was grateful for the fortitude shown by No. 22
Texas A&M as it gutted out a 70-67 win over Texas Tech on
The Aggies won and lost games in overtime in that span and got
beaten badly by No. 3 Texas on Jan. 31.
”I was really concerned about our energy level,” Turgeon said.
”I thought they showed great toughness because we had no energy at
the start of the game and we just kind of willed our way back into
Khris Middleton scored 16 points to lead the Aggies, who
overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half to hand the Red
Raiders their third straight loss.
D’wayln Roberts made a layup to pull Texas Tech within 68-67
with less than 15 seconds left. B.J. Holmes hit two free throws to
give the Aggies a 70-67 lead and 3-point tries by Brad Reese and
John Roberson missed their mark.
The Aggies outrebounded Texas Tech 34-27 and got nearly half
their points inside. Texas Tech coach Pat Knight said he thought
his defense held its own in the paint.
”They weren’t killing us inside. We did a good job,” he said.
”I thought we came out of that situation pretty good.”
Holmes added 14 points for A&M (19-5, 6-4).
Reese scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech (11-14, 3-7).
Texas A&M had lost four of its last five games before
pulling out a win in overtime at Colorado on Wednesday.
The Aggies scored seven straight points to start the second
half, going up 46-37. Texas Tech came back with 9-2 run, including
four points by Reese, a basket by Jaye Crockett and a 3-pointer by
David Tairu to pull within 48-46.
The Red Raiders regained the lead, which they relinquished late
in the first half, on a layup and a free throw by Roberts to go up
50-48. Middleton tied it at 54 on a layup and put them ahead on a
jumper on their next possession to give the Aggies a 56-54 lead
with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Texas Tech pulled ahead 65-63 with 3:33 remaining when Roberson
hit a 3, but a few minutes later he had the ball stolen by Dash
Harris who got the basket to make it 67-65 and put the Aggies up
”We practice late-game situations every week,” said Nathan
Walkup, who finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Aggies.
”We work on execution. Every time we’re in a close game we feel a
little more and more comfortable. It showed in these last couple of
Knight was disappointed in his team’s overall play.
”There were a lot of bad plays we made. Passes, shots, missed
layups, free throws, missed block outs, falling asleep when you’re
on a guy and they get 3s, so there’s a lot to be learned from this
game,” he said.
Mike Singletary, the Red Raiders’ leading scorer, played just 4
minutes because of a calf problem that Knight said he didn’t know
about before the game.
Turgeon found Texas Tech more difficult without Singletary.
”They were hard to guard,” he said. ”They had us spaced
The Aggies led 39-37 at halftime.
Texas Tech started fast and A&M appeared sluggish. The Red
Raiders led 18-8 when their regular starter Mike Singletary came
in. The substitution proved beneficial for the Aggies, who used a
13-3 run to tie it at 21 with 8:05 remaining. Later, they used a
7-1 run, including a 3-pointer by Holmes and a basket each by
Middleton and Walkup.
Tech turned the Aggies’ eight turnovers into 13 points.