Sooners Lead Late, Fall 65-62 at A&M

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University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 19, 2010
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Texas A&M
39 26 65
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 Points 62 65
 FG Made-Attempted 20-50 24-48
 FG Percentage .400 .500
 3P Made-Attempted 6-18 6-17
 3P Percentage .333 .353
 FT Made-Attempted 16-23 11-17
 FT Percentage .696 .647
 Rebounds 33 30
 Turnovers 9 9
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Mason-Griffin 21 Points 16
2 Players 7 Rebounds 7
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Mason-Griffin 5 Assists 7
 Davis 3 Steals 1
3 Players
Crocker 1 Blocks 1
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M was terrible on offense for most of the second half, but the Aggies were good enough in the last three minutes to make up for it.

Donald Sloan had 16 points including the go-ahead jumper with 32 seconds remaining and a pair of free throws seconds later to give Texas A&M a 65-62 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Aggies (13-5, 2-2 Big 12).

Texas A&M trailed by one before Sloan's driving jumper in the lane made it 63-62. The Sooners (11-7, 2-2) had a chance to take the lead, but Willie Warren's off-balance attempt fell short, and Bryan Davis grabbed the rebound.

He was immediately fouled but missed the free throws, giving Oklahoma another chance. Tommy Mason-Griffin missed a shot, and Sloan was fouled on the rebound. He made two free throws with 3 seconds remaining.

The Sooners got the ball one last time, but Sloan intercepted a pass from Tiny Gallon as time expired.

Mason-Griffin led Oklahoma with 21 points.

"We let our bad offense affect our defense and for about a seven or eight minute stretch we were pretty bad," Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said. "They took advantage of it. Our inefficiency on offense hurts us, and we can't ever get away from anybody, but when the game was on the line we made plays."

The Sooners led by four before Dash Harris scored five straight points to give Texas A&M a 61-60 lead with 1:19 remaining. Two free throws by Warren a few seconds later put Oklahoma back on top 62-61.

"Sloan did what he had to do down the stretch," Turgeon said. "We have to do a better job of recognizing him throughout the game and getting him the ball throughout the game. Hopefully we'll keep learning and getting better."

Sloan scored on a layup with about eight minutes remaining for A&M's first basket in more than seven minutes. It was the start of a 9-2 run for Texas A&M that tied the score at 56-all with six minutes to play.

Oklahoma then scored four straight points for a 60-56 lead.

B.J. Holmes added 13 points for A&M and Khris Middleton had 11.

The Sooners used a 12-0 run, highlighted by a fast-break dunk by Gallon and a 3-pointer by Mason-Griffin, to erase an eight point deficit and take a 49-45 lead with about 12 minutes remaining.

The Aggies missed seven shots, including a pair of layups, during that span.

Sloan said Texas A&M's trouble on offense made its work on the other end of the court even harder.

"It was kind of draining a little bit," he said. "You're doing everything you can on defense, and it seemed like the basket was as big as the ocean for them and we weren't able to make shots. So we were kind of frustrated with it, but we didn't let it get to us too much."

Texas A&M scored two free throws before Oklahoma went on another run, this one 5-0, to push its lead to 54-47 midway through the second half.

The young Sooners were encouraged by their effort Tuesday after a 91-60 loss in their last road game at Baylor.

"I think we showed maturity here at this road game better than we did at Baylor," Cade Davis said. "After being down 10 at the half and coming out and going on that run that we did, it showed some character, and we hopefully can take what we learned in the second half and do it next time in the first half."

Texas A&M led 39-29 at halftime.

Warren, who fouled out late, had 14 points for the Sooners and Gallon chipped in 10.

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said he was proud of his team's second-half play after a tough start.

"It hurts that we lost, it's disappointing that we had a lead and we let it slip away," he said. "But for me we've grown up since the last time we were on the road."









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