A&M's storybook season ends

Texas A&M's dream season came to a crushing end on Saturday in Jacksonville when LSU's Darrel Mitchell drained a long distance 3-pointer with less than 4 seconds left in the game, giving the Tigers a 58-57 victory over the Aggies.

Texas A&M head coach Billy Gillispie on the game's outcome

"We didn't come here today to lose. We didn't come here today to get experience. We came here to win, and we fell short, and it's very, very disappointing for us not to be on the right side of the scoreboard. I couldn't care what (seed) numbers you had outside of your name. We came here to win. That's no disrespect to LSU; we came here to win, and we fell short."


Gillispie on the LSU game-winning 3-pointer

"We didn't know exactly what they were going to run, but I figured it was going to be for Mitchell or Davis, and we got them in a great situation. We just let (Mitchell) get a little too comfortable out there and didn't crowd him quite enough in that situation, and he made a really good play."


Gillispie on LSU's Mitchell scoring the 3-point shot over A&M's Antanas Kavaliauskas

"If it was anybody's fault, it was my fault for telling them to switch (on defense), If Antanas doesn't play great today, we don't have a chance to win."


Gillispie on the 2006 Aggie basketball team

"They're the toughest team ... toughest team I've ever seen. Not close, and I've been around some tough teams," Gillispie said. "Really tough. Really tough."


LSU coach John Brady on Texas A&M

"Their team has a lot of fight in it,"


Texas A&M's Joseph Jones on the final minutes of the game

"It was kind of disturbing for me to see my team out there battling when I know I could have been out there doing something, but instead I was sitting on the bench with four fouls," said Jones, who had four rebounds and two turnovers. "I think my team did a great job on the defensive end. They played tough defense."


Texas A&M's Acie Law on the game

"That's how it's been all year. Things ain't always going to go well for us. Coach always tells us to stick with it, continue to fight, continue to fight. We played a bad game. We weren't ourselves tonight, but we continued to fight."


Law on the end-of-game contact that prevented him from inbounding the ball

"I wasn't fouled. It was incidental contact. I wouldn't expect the referee to make that call in the NCAA tournament second round with a chance to go to the Sweet 16. I wouldn't expect him to make that call to bail us out and I wouldn't expect him to make that call if they were in that situation. With the game on the line, let the players make a play to win it. I got tripped up and was unable to make a play to win it."


Law on the Aggie team

"We're not going to quit. They jumped out on us, and we battled back and got close, and then they jumped out on us in the second half, and we battled back. We've been going through this stuff all year long, so we are prepared for it and continued to fight. We got the lead at the end and got to where we want it — to get one stop. And we had pride in our defense that we felt we could get that stop. Mitchell just made a great shot."


Law on the season

"This will leave a sour taste in our mouths. But it doesn't take away from the year we had, A lot of people didn't expect us to do what we did. We finished in fourth place and got 10 wins in the Big 12 and got our first Big 12 tournament victory. ... We had an outstanding year, but unfortunately for us, we didn't finish out the year the way we wanted to."


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