Aggies lead, but fall to No 1 KU, 79-66

No. 23 Texas A&M had a nine-point lead on No. 1 Kansas in the second half before the Jayhawks came back and then used a 16-0 run to defeat the Aggies, 79-66, in the Big 12 tournament semifinals. Sherron Collins led the Jayhawks with 26 points, while Donald Sloan scored 24 for the Aggies.

Texas A&M had a nine-point lead on No. 1 Kansas in the second half before the Jayhawks came back and then used a 16-0 run to defeat the Aggies, 79-66, in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

Sherron Collins led the Jayhawks with 26 points while Donald Sloan scored 24 for the Aggies.

Texas A&M took an early seven-point lead, 14-7, when Nathan Walkupo hit a 3-pointer on a feed from Donald Sloan at the 14:47 mark in the first half.

Kansas came back to take an 18-16 lead midway through the first half before A&M fought back to take a 38-35 halftime lead.

When Khris Middleton sunk a 3-pointer three minutes into the second half, the Aggies had opened a nine-point lead, 47-38.

Kansas scored eight straight to pull withing a point, 47-46, at the 14:19 mark in the second half.

The game remained close for the next six minutes, with the Aggies still holding a 57-56 lead with 8:50 to go in the game.

Texas A&M then went over four minutes without a point as Kansas went on 16-0 run to open up a 72-57 lead with five minutes to play.

From there the Jayhawks cruised to a 79-66 win over the Aggies.

In addition to Collins' 26 points, Xavier Henry scored 15 and Markeiff Morris came off the bench to score 10. Cole Aldrich pulled down 9 rebounds and had a couple of blocked shots.

Sloan once again led the Aggies with 24 points. Khris Middleton scored 14 and B.J. Holmes ad 12. Bryan Davis had 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots but was held scoreless.

The Aggies missed Dash Harris, who was held out with an injured wrist.

Texas A&M will now wait to hear Sunday who and where the Aggies will be playing the the first round of the NCAA tournament next week.

Most expect the Aggies to be a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tourney.

Kansas will play the winner of Kansas State-Baylor for the Big 12 touney championship on Saturday, before heading to the NCAA tourney as a No. 1 seed.


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