No. 23 Ags hold off Iowa St 60-56

Donald Sloan scored 14 points ,Khris Middleton added 12, and Bryan Davis pulled down 13 rebounds as No. 23 Texas A&M held off Iowa State 60-56 on Saturday afternoon for its fifth win in six games. The win improved Texas A&M's Big 12 conference record to 8-4 and overall record to 19-7, likely locking up an invite to this year's NCAA tourney.

On paper, Iowa State may be one of the lesser teams in the Big 12. But no road game is a gimme in the Big 12.

Donald Sloan scored 14 points and Khris Middleton added 12 as No. 23 Texas A&M held off Iowa State 60-56 on Saturday afternoon for its fifth win in six games.

Bryan Davis pulled down 13 rebounds and had 7 points for the Aggies, including hitting 5 of 6 free throw attempts.

The win improved Texas A&M's Big 12 conference record to 8-4 and overall record to 19-7, likely locking up an invite to this year's NCAA tourney.

The Aggies fell behind early, 5-2, before quickly fighting back to take an 8-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Dash Harris at the 16:12 mark in the first half.

A 3-pointer by B.J. Holmes with 4:43 to go in the first half gave the Aggies a six-point lead, 25-19.

With 5 seconds left in the first half, Scott Christopherson was fouled nu Ray Turner on a 3-point attempt and Christopherson sunk three free throws to cut the Aggie lead at halftime to three points, 31-28.

Iowa State came back to take a 35-34 lead after four minutes of play in the second half.

Texas A&M went on a 16-7 run to take a 51-41 lead with 8:24 left in the game.

Iowa State used their own 12-3 run, holding Texas A&M scoreless for nearly 5 minutes, to slice the Aggie lead to one, 54-53, with 2:29 to play.

A basket by David Loubeau gave the Aggies a 56-53 lead with 1:10 left. Sloan and Middleton then hit four straight free throws to put Texas A&M ahead 60-53 with 17 seconds left to effectively seal a win for the Aggies.

Gilstrap hit a 3 and Iowa State forced a 5-second violation by the Aggies to get the ball back, but the Cyclones couldn't get a decent look before the buzzer sounded.

The Aggies once again pull out a close, hard-fought Big 12 road win. The Aggies have won three straight Big 12 road games by a total of nine points, including wins over Missouri, Texas Tech, and today Iowa State.

The Cyclone frontcourt duo of Diante Garrett and Marquis Gilstrap each had 15 points for Iowa State (13-14, 2-10), but the Aggies held Brackins and Gilstrap to a combined 9-of-30 shooting from the field.

It wasn't a pretty game for the Aggies, shooting under 40%, but they did rebound from an emotional loss at home to No. 1 Kansas on Monday night to win on the road over Iowa State.

The Aggies now face a tough part of their schedule, with games against Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State coming up in the next two weeks.

First up, Baylor on Wednesday night in front of a hostile Waco crowd.

 


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