Texas A&M 87, Colorado 69

The Buffs hung with Texas for 25 minutes Jan. 6 before the wheels came off and CU lost by 24 points. Saturday evening was an improvement. Colorado played neck and neck with No. 8-ranked Texas A&M for 30 minutes before the Aggies ran away for the 87-69 victory in Boulder.

"Our guys grew up in a lot of ways," CU head coach Ricardo Patton said after the loss to the Aggies. "We played extremely hard for 30 minutes."

Now, Patton added, the Buffaloes team needs to add 10 more minutes to its effort.

Colorado led the game early until Texas A&M broke open a 12-point lead in the first half. CU scored six unanswered points to close the period, and trailed by just six at the break.

But it was a stretch midway through the second half that turned out to be the decisive moments in the game. When sophomore Jermyl Jackson-Wilson sank two free throws with just over 12 minutes to play, it pulled CU to within three, 53-50. A Sean Kowal jumper narrowed the margin to just one point.

But the Buffs missed four of six free throws over the next two minutes, then blew three field goal chances while A&M's offense had slowed. Colorado couldn't quite get over the hump and take a lead and when Aggie senior point guard Acie Law scored five straight points, including a calm 3-pointer, it started a 17-3 Aggie run that Colorado couldn't recover from.

Patton said if his team had been able to grab a lead at that point, momentum would've swung and it could've been a different ballgame.

"You've got to win down the stretch," he said. "But I'm proud of our effort."

A&M, who moved to 15-2 overall, 3-0 in Big 12 play, used a potent combo of Joseph Jones 18 points, 15 boards) and Antanas Kavaliauskas (15 points) inside and Law (21 points) and Josh Carter (19 points, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc) outside.

In pounding the ball inside, the Aggies got CU in foul trouble early. The game slowed to a snail's pace in the second half, and 48 total fouls were called. It was just the type of game Texas A&M likes to play.

Patton praised Texas A&M as a solid outfit, but added, "they do a lot of holding and grabbing. But if they can get away with it, hats off to them."

The Buffs were the first team to score more than 65 points against the Aggies this season. But Patton said he's not into moral victories because "they make you complacent."

Senior Dominique Coleman led Colorado in scoring (17), rebounds (13), assists (4) and steals (2).

The Buffs fell to 4-9 overall, 0-3 in conference with the loss. Next up, the Buffs host Iowa State on Wednesday.

NOTES
Freshman point guard Kal Bay has started eight games this season, but found himself on the bench the entire second half Saturday. He played only five minutes in the first. In fact, after scoring 18 points Jan. 3 vs. UCF, Bay has seen his playing time dwindle in the team's three Big 12 games. He has six points, six turnovers and three assists in conference. Patton said Bay sat the second half vs. TAMU because there are better defensive players at guard – namely Coleman and freshman Dwight Thorne. Thorne played 22 minutes Saturday.

Stat Leaders
Colorado
Points: Dominique Coleman 17
Rebounds: Coleman13
Assists: Coleman, Richard Roby 4
Turnovers: Coleman 5
Blocks: Jeremy Williams 2
Steals: Coleman 2

Texas A&M
Points: Acie Law 21
Rebounds: Joseph Jones 15
Assists: Jones, Donald Sloan 4
Turnovers: Jones, Antanas Kavaliauskas 3
Blocks: two with 1
Steals: three with 1

Attendence: 2,953


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