Singletary leads Tech 88-83 upset of Aggies

Mike Singletary (left) scored 43 point, including an amazing 29 straight, to lead Texas Tech back from 21 points down, to 88-83 upset win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City. The Aggies (23-9) now have to watch and wait until Sunday to see if they get that invite to the Big Dance.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mike Singletary scored 43 point, including an amazing 29 straight, to lead Texas Tech back from 21 points down, to 88-83 upset win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.

Texas Tech (14-18) advances to play No. 14 Missouri on Thursday in the second round of the Big 12 tournry while the Aggies (23-9) now have to watch and wait until Sunday to see if they get that invite to the Big Dance.

Singletary led the biggest rally in Big 12 tournament history, scoring all 29 of Texas Tech's points during a second-half surge that pushed the Red Raiders to a 88-83 win against the Aggies on Wednesday night.

Singletary finished with 43 points to break the tournament scoring record of 38 set by Iowa State's Marcus Fizer in 2000 against Baylor.

Texas A&M raced to a 15-2 lead in the first six minutes of the game as the Red Raiders missed their first 10 shots. The Aggies extended that lead to 19 points, 48-29, at halftime and looked set to cruise to an easy victory.

Bryan Davis opened the second half with a pair of free throws to put A&M ahead 50-29, before Darko Cohadarevic hit back-to-back baskets to get the Tech comeback started.

A Singletary dunk with 13:02 remaining cut the Aggie lead to 56-44 and a driving layup that got Tech back within single digits for the first time since the opening drought.

That started a 9-minute stretch in which Singletary outscored A&M 29-18 to give Tech the lead for the first time.

The last basket in Singletary's amazing stretch was a driving layup past Bryan Davis that put the Red Raiders up 79-78 with 39.4 seconds left.

Singletary, a sophomore whose previous scoring best was 25 points, then iced the game with two more free throws with 2.9 seconds left that provided the final margin.

Donald Sloan scored 22 points and Josh Carter added 15 for the Aggies, who punctuated a six-game winning streak by beating No. 14 Missouri on Saturday to likely lock up an NCAA tourney invite.

Now all the Aggies can do is wait until Sunday to see if they get that call for the Big Dance.


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