Aggies fall flat in critical game

Texas A&M (21-8, 7-7 Big 12) went scoreless for almost thirteen minutes of the first half as Oklahoma (19-10, 7-7 Big 12) built a 28-10 halftime lead and cruised to a 67-34 victory in a critical game with NCAA Tournament bids at stake. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp is live in Norman with exclusive post game audio from coaches and players.

NORMAN, Okla.—The Aggies boarded the plane to Oklahoma City with the most confidence they've possessed since the start of Big 12 Conference play, coming off a 44-point win against Texas Tech at home. They boarded the plane back to College Station searching for answers once again after a humiliating 64-37 loss to Oklahoma, the lowest point total for the Aggies since a 41-36 loss to Texas Tech in 1967.

Texas A&M took a 10-9 lead with 12:51 left in the first half, but the Sooners outscored A&M 54-28 for the final 32 minutes of the game en route to the win, while the Aggies couldn't buy a shot.

"We just couldn't get a stop and we couldn't score at the other end," said A&M guard Dominique Kirk, who finished the game 0-for-6 from the field. "I'm always going to blame the leaders on that. I'll take the blame for that. We should have pounded it down low instead of taking a bunch of jump shots and it effected us."

A&M failed to score a single point during the final 12:51 of the first half, missing 17 straight shot attempts The Aggies missed 20 straight shots and committed eight turnovers during the stretch as the Sooners went on a 16-minute, 24-0 run that lasted until the 16:39 mark in the second half when Bryan Davis scored with on a slam dunk.

Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon was at a loss for words afterwards.

"I can't believe the way we played," Turgeon said. "One mistake after another, not playing with much intelligence, some guys had deer in the headlight look. It's too late in the season for that. If I had an answer, I wouldn't let it happen. I cannot explain it. This team has just worn me out trying to figure them out. We were right there, we really weren't playing well, but we were right there, up 10-9 (in the first half), and we had some good looks but we let our offense effect our defense."

The Aggies were 0-10 from three-point range in the first half—including an 0-for-4 effort by Josh Carter—and shot 18.5 percent from the field. Carter was 2-for-3 from behind the arch in the second half, but it was too little, too late. A&M finished the game 2-for-16 from behind the arch (12.5 percent).

The Aggies' three starting guards combined to shoot 1-for-12 from the field in the first half (8.3 percent), and finished the day shooting 4-for-24 (25 percent).

But the A&M big men didn't fare much better. Joseph Jones, Bryan Davis and DeAndre Jordan combined to shoot 3-for-8 from the field in the first half, while getting outrebounded 24-15 by Oklahoma. A&M's towering front court was outrebounded in the second half as well, 18-13.

"We just didn't execute our game plan of blocking out and going after the rebounds," said a frustrated Bryan Davis after the game. "But we're good right now. I know a lot of people are down on us right now, but we're not down. We'll bounce back from this."

Domnique Kirk was visibly frustrated after the game as well, and said the Aggies had better get things figured out quickly.

"It's been a roller coaster ride," Kirk said. "We were up after the Tech game then we didn't perform well today. We were flat. We played okay on defense in the first half, we just couldn't make shots and we can't let that effect our defense. We've got to play better on the road and we've got a tough game on Wednesday. We've got to get better."

The 10 points scored by Texas A&M is the lowest point total in a half in Big 12 history and is the lowest one-half point total in A&M history since at least 1971 which is as far back as the records were accurately kept.

The 37 points also tied the record for fewest points in a game in Big 12 history.

The Aggies return to action on Wednesday in Waco against Baylor, who is now in the driver's seat for the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, and has a leg up on A&M and Oklahoma for the final NCAA Tournament bids from the Big 12.



LISTEN TO POST GAME AUDIO

Mark Turgeon post game interview


Dominique Kirk post game interview


Josh Carter post game interview


Bryan Davis post game interview





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