The Aggies put a huge scare into the Horns by taking a 36-27 halftime lead and never trailed in regulation. But Texas came back in the second half to tie the game and send it into overtime, where they were able to pull out a hard fought 72-67 win over the Aggies.
Texas A&M raised to a 10-1 lead in the first four minutes of play, led by as many as 12 in the first half, and maintained a nine-point lead at halftime 36-27.
The Aggie defense held Texas starters to just 2-of-16 shooting and 27.3 % overall in the first half..
Horn star Damion James was just 1-of-7 with 3 points.
Forward Gary Johnson came off the bench to lead Texas in scoring the first half with 9 points.
Texas A&M extended their lead to 11, 42-31, when B.J. Holmes made a free throw at the 16:24 mark in the second half.
Texas went on a 12-4 run to pull back to within two, 48-46, with twelve minutes left in the game.
It was a tough defensive battle for the next 6 minutes of play before Texas tied the game at 52-all on two Gary Johnson free throws with 5:54 left to play.
Bryan Davis made a layup at the 1:57 mark to give the Aggies a 59-56 lead.
Avery Bradley made a 2-point jumper to cut the Aggie lead to one, 59-58, with 1:40 on the clock.
B.J. Holmes missed a 3-point shot that would have given the Aggies a 4-point lead with under a minute to play.
J'Covan Brown made a 2-point jumper with 18 seconds left to tie the game 60-60.
Avery Bradley stold the ball from Donald Sloan with seconds to go. Bradley missed a layup, Aexis Wangmene snagged an offensive rebound but missed a layup attempt, Damion James got the offensive rebound, but he too missed a layup attempt, and regulation ended with the game tied at 60.
Texas got their first lead of the game on a layup by Damion James with 4:42 to go in overtime.
Donald Sloan made a 3-pointer to give A&M a 63-62 lead A 2-point jumper by Damion James and a free throw by Gary Johnson gave Texas a 65-63 lead.
Sloan tied the game at 65 on a layup with 1:45 to go in OT.
David Loubeau made a layup with 1:17 to go in OT to give the Aggies a 67-66 lead.
A 3-pointer by Damion James at the one minute mark in OT gave the Horns a 69-67 lead.
After a Loubeau turnover and foul by Slaon, Dogus Balbay made the first of his two free throw attempts to give Texas a 70-67 lead with 34 seconds to play.
Balbay missed his second free throw attempt and loubeau rebounded for the Aggies.
The Aggies held out for a 3-point attempt by B.J. Holmes with 9 seconds to play but the shot was partially blocked by Damion James and J'Covan Brown rebounded.
Loubeau fouled Damion James, and James made both free throws to seal the 72-67 overtime win over Texas A&M.
Damion James had 25 second half/OT points to lead the Horn comeback. Gary Johnson finished with 18 point and j'Covan Brown 12.
Donald Sloan led the Aggies with 21 points, Bryan Davis had 17, and Nathan Walkupo had 13 points and 8 rebounds.