Ags pull away for 80-65 win over Tech

Donald Sloan scored 28 points and sophomore forward David Loubeau came off the bench to score 19 points and snag 9 rebounds to lead the Texas A&M comeback from 8 points down in the first half to a crucial and hard fought 80-65 Big 12 home win over Texas Tech on Saturday night.

Donald Sloan scored 28 points and sophomore forward David Loubeau came off the bench to score 19 points and snag 9 rebounds to lead Texas A&M to a crucial and hard fought 80-65 Big 12 home win over Texas Tech on Saturday night.

Texas A&M once again suffered from a slow start, as Texas Tech took an 8-point lead, 18-10, in the first seven minutes of play.

Texas Tech still held that 8-point lead, 29-21, at the 8:10 mark in the first half.

For the remaing 8 minutes of the first half, the Aggies outscored the Red Raiders 20-7 to take a 41-36 halftime lead.

Texas Tech hung close for much of the second half and pulled back to within one, 59-58, when David Tairu hit a jumper with 9:15 left in the game.

A two point jumper by David Loubeau and a couple of B.J. Holmes free throw restored a 5-point lead for the Aggies, 63-59, with 8:24 to go.

When Nick Okorie made a layup with 5:18 to go, Tech was still within five, 69-64.

Over the next 4 minutes Texas A&M outscored Tech 13-4, with nine of those points coming from Donald Sloan, to take an 82-68 lead and effectively put this game away.

From there Texas A&M (15-6, 4-3 Big 12) cruised to an 85-70 win over Texas Tech (14-7, 2-5 Big 12).

In additional to Sloan's 28 points and Loubeau's 19, Bryan Davis chipped in with 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Guard David Tairu came off the bench to lead Tech in scoring with 13 points.

Tech's leading scorers for the season, forward Mike Singletary and guard John Roberson, were both held well below their season averages, with 11 andf 7 points, respectively.

The Aggies survived another poor 3-point shooting performance, hitting just 12% (2 of 16).

A key stat leading to the Aggie victory was the Aggie defense forcing 13 Tech turnovers while the Aggies had just 3 turnovers.

Texas A&M now goes on the road to face Missouri (16-5, 4-2 Big 12) on Wednesday night. Missouri is coming off a big 95-80 home win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.

 


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