No. 5 seed Texas A&M came agonizingly close to its second trip to the Sweet 16 in four years
The Aggies led No. 4 seed Purdue by 11 points in the second half, but Purdue came back to sent this game into overtime.
The Aggies led or were tied with Purdue the entire overtime until guard Chris Kramer scored on a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left in OT to give Purdue a 63-61 win and trip to the Sweet 16.
Senior Bryan Davis led Texas A&M with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Purdue took an early 7-5 lead after just over two minutes of play.
The Aggies went on a 10-2 run to take an eight-point lead, 17-9, at the 12:29 mark in the first half.
Purdue pulled back to within two, 20-18, when Keaton Grant sunk a three-pointer with 6:27 to go in the first half.
A three-pointer by Donald Sloan with a minute left in the first half restored A&M's eight-point lead, 30-22.
D.J. Byrd hit a three with 33 seconds to go in the half to pull Purdue back to within 5, 30-25.
The Aggies played for the last shot in the first half, and Dash Harris attempted a three-pointer with a second on the clock but was fouled. Harris hit two of three free throws to give A&M a seven-point halftime lead, 32-25.
Purdue fought back, going on a 14-2 run, and took a 43-42 lead when Chris Kramer hit a three-pointer at the 12:47 mark in the second half.
Purdue extended their lead to four, 46-42, when D.J. Byrd hit a three.
The Aggies scored eight straight to retake the lead, 50-46, with 8:24 left in the game.
Purdue scored nine straight to take a 55-50 lead with 4:33 left on the clock.
The Aggies came back and tied the game at 55 when Donald Sloan made a driving layup with 1:27 to go.
Both teams had their chances to win it in regulation. E'Twaun Moore missed a three-pointer with 50 second left. A Donald Sloan layup was blocked with 31 seconds to go. The Aggies stole the ball with time running out but B.J. Holmes missed a two-pointer jumper with a second left that would have won the game for the Aggies, but the miss sent the game into overtime.
After a couple of missed Purdue shots and a blocked shot by Bryan Davis, the Aggies scored first in overtime, taking a 57-55 lead on a Davis dunk with 3:42 to go in OT.
Purdue tied it on a layup by Chris Kramer. The Aggies took a 59-57 lead when Dash Harris found Bryan Davis for another dunk woth 2:47 to go in OT.
Chris Kramer was fouled and tied the game at 59 on two free throws midway through OT.
After misses by Donald Sloan and Chris Kramer, David Louberau made a layup with 1:22 to go in OT to give A&M a 61-59 lead.
E'Twaun Moore tied the game at 61 on a jumper with a minute to go.
Donald Sloan missed a layup with 45 seconds to but Bryan Davis snagged the offensive rebound. The Aggies ran 16 seconds off the clock but Bryan Davis missed a layup attempt with 19 seconds left and E'Twaun Moore grabbed the rebound.
Purdue called a timeout with 11 seconds on the clock. Purdue inbounded and Chris Kramer broke free for a layup with 4.2 seconds left to give Purdue its first overtime lead, 63-61.
The Aggies had one last chance but a long distance shot from B.J. Holmes hit the front of the rim and fell away, and so did the Aggie dreams of a Sweet 16 berth in Houston next weekend.
The Aggies dominated the boards, outrebounding Purdue by ten, 40-30, with Bryan Davis pulling down 15 rebounds and David Loubeau with 7. Davis and Loubeau also led the Aggies in scoring with 17 and 12 points respectively.
But the Aggies suffered from poor shooting, hitting just 35% and under 30% from three-point range.
Donald Sloan has led the Aggies in scoring for most games this season but hit just 4 of 17 shots in this game for 11 points.
Chris Kramer led Pursue with 17 points and E'Twaun Moore added 15.
The Aggies were devastated after the game. B.J. Holmes stayed slumped on the court with his head bowed under his Aggies maroon jersey. Teammates ushered the distraught Bryan Davis away. Derrick Roland was alone in the tunnel off the court sitting in a chair in tears.
Texas A&M knew they had missed a golden opportunity to play a regional final in Houston with a great chance to make the Final 4.
It was a season of ups and downs for the Aggies.
The Aggies top returning big man Chinemelu Elonu, opted to enter the NBA draft after his junior year. The Aggies top defensive player, 4-year starter Derrick Sloan suffered an horrific broken leg against Washington in December, and starting guard Dash Harris struggled with a wrist injury late in the season.
The Aggies struggled early in Big 12 play, and found itself with a 3-3 conference record after losing at Oklahoma State on January 27th. But this Aggie team proved its toughness with seniors providing leadership and freshmen emerging, to win 8 of its next 10 Big 12 games to finish tied for second place in the Big 12 conference with an 11-5 conference record.
An emotional Aggie coach Mark Turgeon said after the game, "It took an unbelievably tough team to beat us. Purdue is tough. This one really stings."
After the sting of this loss subsides, this Aggie team can look back with great pride for what they've overcome and accomplished this season.