Ags lead late, but fall to No 1 KU 59-54

No. 23 Texas A&M put a scare into No. 1 Kansas on Monday night at a rocking, sold out Reed Arena. The Aggies led the Jayhawks for much of the game and were still ahead with under four minutes to play before the Jayhawks came back to defeat the Aggies, 59-54. Kansas center Cole Aldrich had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots, while David Loubeau led the Aggies with 17 points and 9 rebounds.

No. 23 Texas A&M put a scare into No. 1 Kansas on Monday night at a rocking, sold out Reed Arena.

The Aggies led the Jayhawks for much of this game, and still led with under four minutes to play, before the Jayhawks came back to defeat the Aggies, 59-54.

Kansas was led by center Cole Aldrich who had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots, while David Loubeau led the Aggies with 17 points and 9 rebounds..

Kansas went up early, leading 8-2 when Xavier Henry hit a 2-point jumper three minutes into the game. That was to be Kanas' largest lead of the game.

The Aggies fought back took their first lead of the game when Donald Sloan sunk a 3-pointer at the 14:55 mark of the first half.

The lead was to change hands 7 times in the first half.

The Aggies' biggest lead of the first half was 4 points, at 14-10, 16-12, 18-14, and led at the half 32-20.

Kansas scored the first four points of the second half to take a 34-32 lead.

The lead changed hands several more times but no team led by more than 2 until David Loubeau made a 2-point jumper to give the Aggies a 41-38 lead at the 13:57 mark in the second half.

Texas A&M's biggest lead of the second half was also 4 points, first taking that, 48-44, on a David Loubeau free throw with 8:06 left to play.

Texas A&M still held a 4-point lead, 52-48, until Marcus Morris made two free throws with 4:47 on the clock.

The Aggies last lead was 54-53 with 3:55 left in the game.

Texas A&M failed to score in the last 4 minutes of play as Kansas made 5 free throws and a layuo to escape from Reed Arena with a 59-54 win.

The Aggies missed all five of their 3-point attempts in those final 4 minutes of play.

Center Cole Aldrich led Kansas with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Joining Aldrich with 12 points were Xavier Henry and Marcus Morris.

David Loubeau led the Aggies with 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Donald Sloan added 15 points and Bryan Davis pulled down 10 rebounds.

Had you told me Texas A&M would shoot 35%, including under 24% from 3-point range, and that Kansas would shoot 15 more free throw attempts than the Aggies, I would have thought this must have been a Jayhawk blowout.

But that was not the case, as the Aggies led for much of this game.

Rebounding, especially on the offensive boards, kept Texas A&M in this game. The Aggies outrebounded Kansas 35-33, including a massive 18 offensive rebounds. Aggie forwards Bryan Davis and David Loubeau totalled 19 of the Aggie rebounds, Davis with 10 and Loubeau with 9.

Texas A&M proved they are a top 25 team and should take some confidence from this game, leading the No. 1 ranked team in the country for most of the game, despite the Aggies' poor shooting performance.

Kansas (25-1, 11-0 Big 12) remains undefeated in Big 12 play.

Texas A&M (18-7, 7-4 Big 12) must now regroup before going on the road to face Iowa State in a crucial Big 12 encounter on Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies can likely lock up an NCAA tourney invite with a win over Iowa State, and will want to do this before facing top 20 foes Baylor and Texas next week.

 


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