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.
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.