Texas A&M struggled early in their game with No. 16 Minnesota on Sunday in the 76 Classic in Anaheim. But the Aggies went on a 14-0 run and took a 38-29 halftime lead, then held on for a 66-65 win. It was the second win over a top 20 opponent in four days for the Aggies. Derrick Roland led A&M with 19 points.
Texas A&M struggled early on offense as Minnesota took an eight point lead, lead, 14-6, seven minutes into the game.
Minnesota maintained a 6-point lead, 23-17, until at the 7:10 mark in the first half Texas A&M went on a 14-0 run to take a 31-23 lead with 4:15 to go in the first half.
The Aggies extended the first half lead to as much as eleven points and took a 9-point lead, 38-29, into the locker room at halftime.
Minnesota opened the second half outscoring the A&M 8-2 to cut the Aggie lead to 3, 40-37, at the 17:49 mark.
The Aggies maintained a small lead for most of the second half and led by 7, 66-59, with 1:11 left to play.
Minnesota scored five straight points pulled to within two, 66-64, and when Donald Sloan fouled Paul Carter with 21 seconds to play, went to the line with the opportunity to tie the game.
Carter made the first of his to free throws to cut the Aggie lead to 66-65, but missed the second and Nathan Walkup rebounded for the Aggies.
Walkup was fouled but missed both of his free throw attempts.
Minnesota rebounded with 19 seconds to play and took it down the court with the opportunity to take the lead.
With just over four seconds to play, a floating jump shot by Paul Carter was blocked by Aggie forward Bryan Davis and the Aggies rebounded to preserve a hard fought 66-65 win.
A great tournament by Texas A&M as the Aggies win their second game in three days over a top 20 opponent on the road.
The Aggies come home to host Prairie View on Wednesday night.