Trailing by one with 4.1 seconds remaining in overtime, the Aggies got an offensive rebound and putback from freshman center Kyle Davis -- his 15th point and ninth offensive rebound of the day -- to upset the No. 14 Wildcats 79-77 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.
It was a fitting ending for Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5 SEC), who had a 41-36 rebounding advantage, including 20 on the offensive end of the court. The Aggies turned those into 22 second-chance points. Kentucky (20-7, 10-4 SEC) had just six second-chance points on the day.
Jalen Jones led A&M with 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds. DJ Hogg also added 10 points for the Aggies, who won despite seeing UK shoot 50 percent from the floor while they hit just 39 percent.
The final moments were not without controversy.
Kentucky appeared to have the game wrapped up when Isaac Humphries blocked Anthony Collins' short jumper with :09.4 left in overtime and secured the rebound. But as he celebrated the potential game-winning play with teammates, the freshman center spiked the ball to the floor and was called for a technical foul, a letter-of-the-rule/spirit-of-the-rule conundrum for the officiating crew.
The Aggies' Danuel House hit both free throws to give his team a 77-76 lead, while Humphries fouled out on the play, requiring a substitute shooter for him. The Cats' Skal Labissiere came off the bench to shoot the free throws, but hit only one of two to set up the climatic finish.
Tyler Ulis led the Cats with 22 points and 11 assists, becoming the first player in program history to have three 20-point, 10-assist games in his career. Jamal Murray added 21 points. Humphries finished with six points and a career-high 12 rebounds in just 20 minutes before fouling out.
Kentucky's frontcourt was stretched to its limits, playing a fifth straight game without senior forward Alex Poythress (knee) and seeing junior forward Derek Willis leave the game with what was labeled a "significant ankle sprain" with just under eight minutes to go in regulation. Junior center Marcus Lee fouled out with 2:46 remaining in overtime.
It could have been any of Texas A&M's second-chance points. The Aggies pounded the Cats throughout the first half, grabbing 15 of their 20 offensive rebounds before halftime. A&M had more offensive boards than UK had total boards (14) in the first half. Three of those wound up leading to 3-pointers or three-point plays. "With the way we were outrebounded in the first half, I don't know how we were up one (36-35) at the half," UK head coach John Calipari said.
BY THE NUMBERS:
0 - Fast-break points for UK.
1 - Game lead for the Cats over Texas A&M, South Carolina and LSU in SEC standings.
1st - Made 3-pointer by UK freshman Isaiah Briscoe in SEC play.
5 - Consecutive games for UK hitting 10 or more 3-pointers.
5th - Double-double of the season for UK's Tyler Ulis and his third in last five games.
29 - Lead changes in the back-and-forth game.
"Proud of our kids. They fought. There are things you have no control over and things that happen. I'm not mad at Isaac (Humphries). You know, you're talking about a celebration, not anything crazy. There's nine seconds left in an overtime game, and if they choose to call it, they can call it. You question that, but it is what it is. We had our chances." - UK head coach John Calipari.
Kentucky returns to action Tuesday at Rupp Arena against Alabama. The Crimson Tide (16-10, 7-7 SEC) are coming off a disheartening 67-61 homecourt loss to Mississippi State on Saturday that may have doomed their NCAA Tournament chances barring an SEC Tournament title. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.