Texas A&M (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) won a tough 59-56 victory on the road over Oklahoma State on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak. Josh Carter (left) had 13 points and 5 rebounds to lead a balanced Aggie attack.
A layup by Dominique Kirk gave Texas A&M a 14-13 lead at the 8:37 mark in the first half.
Oklahoma State took the lead an kept it for the rest of the first half, until B.J. Holmes made a 3-point jumper with 8 seconds left in the first half to give the Aggies a 34-32 halftime lead.
Bryan Davis made a layup at the start of the second half to give Texas A&M their largest lead of the game, 36-32.
Oklahoma State took their first lead of the second half, 41-40, on a layup by Ibrahima Thomas with 13:39 left in the game.
Oklahoma State maintained that lead until a Josh Carter jump-shot gave the Aggies a brief 53-52 lead at the 4:32 mark.
Byron Eaton sunk a 3-point jumper to give the Cowboys a 55-53 lead with 3:57 left in the game, and the Cowboys kept that lead until Dominique Kirk made two free throws to give A&M a 57-56 lead with 43 seconds on the clock.
Oklahoma State guard James Anderson missed a 3-point jumper with 6 seconds left in the game and Aggie forward Bryan Davis pulled down the rebound.
Bryan Davis was fouled by Byron Eaton with 3.9 seconds remaining and Davis calmly sunk two free three throws to extend the Aggie lead to 59-56.
Donald Sloan stole Oklahoma State's inbounds pass after a timeout and tossed it into the rafters to end the game.
Josh Carter led a balanced Aggie attack with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Joseph Jones had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Dominique Kirk had 11 points, while Donald Sloan picked up 7 rebounds to go along with his 7 points.
James Anderson scored 15 points for Oklahoma State.
A&M shot 51% from the field, made 10 of 13 free throws, and outrebounded the Cowboys 31-20.
This was a huge win for the Aggies, which bounced back after a five-overtime loss to No. 25 Baylor on Wednesday night.
Aggie head coach Mark Turgeon emphasized the importance of this win in his post-game comments:
"I'm really proud of the guys. We needed that. We needed it badly."
Coach Turgeon found positives coming from the Aggies' 3-game losing streak:
"This adversity has brought us together. I now feel like I'm in charge, the players are playing for me and it's just brought us together. Our team unity is better. The guys are cheering for each other, our team defense has gotten better. It was a tough, tough stretch and, knock on wood, we don't have another one. But it's brought us closer together and we're becoming a better basketball team."
Texas A&M (16-4, 2-3 Big 12) now prepares to host Texas on Wednesday night.