Aggies Shoot Down Cowboys

Texas A&M is by far the worst three-point shooting team in the Big 12. But the Aggies didn't look Wednesday night like a team that struggled from behind the three-point line, making three in the first two minutes of the game and never looked back en route to a 76-61 victory over Oklahoma State at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

Oklahoma State got a taste of its own medicine after the Cowboys put on a shooting display in upsetting No. 1-ranked Kansas on Saturday inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys made 60.4 percent of their shots against the Jayhawks, including making 10 of 19 from three-point range.

Texas A&M made 10 of 21 from behind the arc Wednesday night, including five of its first six attempts from behind the arc, and 9 of their first 11 shots in the game to take a 24-11 lead midway through the first half. The Cowboys would tie the game 33-33 late in the first half but could never get a lead.

"You've got to give A&M a lot of credit. They played a great game," Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said.

"They were making every shot, and we had guys that didn't show up. We had three guys shoot 6 for 28 or 29, or whatever it was, and you just can't go on the road and do that," Ford added. "We didn't practice very well the last two days and that showed a little bit today."

The Aggies were making only 32.6 percent of its three-pointers entering the game, which ranked 224 out of 334 teams in three-point field goal percentage. But they made 10 three-pointers and shot 53.2 percent as a team, the second best of the season.

Ford found out what Bill Self must have felt last Saturday. It seemed like Texas A&M couldn't miss while Ford's Cowboys had their second worst shooting night in Big 12 play, and made just 8 of 33 three-pointers.

The Cowboys still had their chances despite the poor shooting performance. James Anderson led an 10-0 run in the first half to get his team back in the game after trailing by as many as 13.

Texas A&M used a 14-0 run of its own to begin the second half to go up 52-35, and the closest the Cowboys could get the rest of the way was eight points.

Anderson led the Cowboys with 27 points (on 7 of 19 shooting, and he made just 4 of 13 three-pointers) but got little help from his teammates. Obi Muonelo was the only other OSU player in double figures with 13 points (but he was 5-of-14 shooting, 3 of 10 from behind the arc). Keiton Page had scored 16.8 points in his last six games but only scored two free throws against the Aggies, and the sophomore missed all of his seven shots, including six from three-point range.

The Cowboys are now 20-9 overall and 8-7 in Big 12 play. They close out the regular season Saturday afternoon when they entertain last place Nebraska at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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