Texas A&M blew out to a 51-29 halftime lead over No. 12 Missouri and held off a late Tiger rally to win its sixth game in a row and likely lock up an invite to the NCAA tourney.
The Aggies played their best half of basketball this season, forcing 9 Tiger turnovers in blowing out to a 22-point halftime lead, 51-29.
Missouri's leading scorer, DeMarre Carroll, had just two points at halftime.
The Aggies built a lead of 26 points, 62-36, with about 16 minutes remaining, before Missouri started to knock down 3-pointers on almost every possession. They made four 3s to fuel a 20-7 run to get within 69-56 with about 10 minutes left.
An 11-4 Missouri run made it 81-71 with about 5 minutes left.
DeMarre Carroll cut the lead to seven points twice after that, but Donald Sloan answered with a dunk on a fast break to push the lead to 90-81 with 32 seconds left.
The Aggies made six free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.
The Aggies shot 62 percent from the field.
Each team had 5 players score in double figures.
The Aggies were led by Donald Sloan with 16 points. Josh Carter and B.J. Holmes each scored 13. Bryan Davis had a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds to go with his 12 points. Nathan Walkup and David Loubeau came off the bench to score 12 points and 8 points respectively.
Missouri was led by DeMarre Carroll with 18 points. Zaire Taylor scored 17 and Matt Lawrence 16.
Missouri (25-6, 12-4 Big 12) was coming off a 73-64 win Wednesday night over No. 4 Oklahoma.
The largest Reed Arena crowd of the season, 13,007, played a huge role in this Aggie win.
Texas A&M (23-8, 9-7 Big 12) now moves into the Big 12 tourney with a six-game win streak.