Texas A&M came back from 13 down in the second half to pull within a point, but LaceDarius Dunn hit a pair of critical 3-pointers as part of this 23 points to lead No. 24 Baylor to a 70-66 Big 12 home win over No. 22 Texas A&M.
Baylor took a nine-point lead, 21-12, after eight minutes of play.
The Aggies fought back and tied the game, 25-25, at the 6:42 mark in the first half on a 2-point jumper by Donald Sloan.
Baylor had a 36-32 halftime lead.
It remained close for the first six minutes of the second half, with Baylor maintaining a slim 3-point lead, 42-39.
Baylor then scored ten straighr to open up a 13-point lead, 52-39, with 10:34 left in the game.
Texas A&M came back to pull within one, 59-58, when Donald Sloan hit a 3-pointer with 4:10 to play.
LaceDarius Dunn then sunk a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 3:51 mark to make it 62-58. That was Baylor's first field goal since holding 56-46 lead with 8:16 left.
B.J. Holmes connected on a 3 for A&M, but Dunn responded with another of his own from the right corner to maintain Baylor's 4-point lead, 65-61.
Baylor extended their lead to five, 67-62, on a layup by Quincy Acy with 2:17 remaining.
After a Sloan 2-point jumper, the Aggies again cut the lead to one, 67-66, when Ray Turner made two free throws with 51 seconds left in the game.
With 20 seconds to play, Donald Sloan fouled Dunn and he made both his free throws to give the Bears a 69-66 lead.
With 11 seconds to go, Sloan had a chance to tie the game but his 3-point attempt missed and Quincy Acy grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Acy made one of his two free throw attempts to make the final score Baylor 70, Texas A&M 66.
LaceDarius Dunn finished with 23 points, including 4 of 7 from three point range, and 8 rebounds to lead the Bears. Center Josh Lomers was the only other Bear in double figurs with 10 points to go with his 7 rebounds.
The Aggies were once again led by Donald Sloan who had 22 points. Bryan Davis had another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. B.J. Holmes came off the bench to score 11 points, including 3-of-6 three-pointers. Ray Turner came off the bench to pull down 8 rebounds and score 6 points.
Three Aggies starters struggled in this game. Just when we though David Loubeau had become a force, he fouled out with just 4 points and 4 rebounds. Dash Harris was a non-factor with just 1 point in 23 minutes of play. Khris Middleton was held to 5 points in 28 minutes of play.
Texas A&M (19-8, 8-5 Big 12) is left still looking for their 20th win for the year.
With both Baylor and Texas A&M locks to make the NCAA tourney, this game was all about pride and NCAA tourney seedings. Baylor's close win at home over the Aggies probably keeps them as a 4 or 5 seed in the tourney and the Aggies a 6 or 7 seed.
The Aggies host Texas on Saturday afternoon and will be looking for a home court win over the struggling Longhorns for Lone Star State bragging rights and to avoid seeing their tourney seed slip any further.