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Aggies Fall to Sooners in Houston, 64-52

December 21, 2013
Courtesy: Associated Press
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Jordan Woodard had 20 points as the Oklahoma won its seventh straight with a 64-52 win over Texas A&M Saturday night.

Frank Booker added nine points off the bench, and Tyler Neal chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Spangler grabbed 13 rebounds for the Sooners (11-1).

Oklahoma finished shooting 39.6 percent from the field and connected on 16 of 20 from the free throw line.

Jordan Green had 10 points to lead the Aggies (8-3), which saw its two-game winning streak snapped.

Fabyon Harris chipped in nine points, and Kourtney Roberson added seven points and 13 rebounds for Texas A&M, which struggled from the floor, shooting 26.9 percent and hitting just eight percent from behind the arc.

The Aggies hit their first 3-pointer -- a Jamal Jones triple with 18 minutes left in the first half -- and missed the next 20 attempts before Jones hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.

The Aggies failed to get within five points, with the last time coming with 12:46 remaining in the game on a Harris jumper that cut Oklahoma's lead to 33-28.

The Sooners responded by outscoring Texas A&M 15-6 over the next 5 1/2 minutes to take a 48-34 lead on a Spangler putback with 7:15 remaining. Woodard had five points during the run.

Oklahoma's lead grew more, reaching 19 at 54-35 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Neal and Booker with 5:45 remaining.

The Aggies got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, with Oklahoma shooting 39 percent and Texas A&M hitting just 5 of 34 shots for 14.7 percent, including 1 of 12 from behind the arc.

Oklahoma used a 7-0 run to open up a 23-14 lead on a Woodard jumper with 3:37 remaining in the first half. Neither team scored over the final 3:37, combining to miss the last eight shots of the half and four turnovers.


Postgame Notes

Oklahoma 64, Texas A&M 52

Dec. 21, 2013 Toyota Center (Houston, Texas)


● Texas A&M fell to 8-3 on the season with the 64-52 loss to Oklahoma at Toyota Center Saturday evening.

● The all-time series between the two schools now stands at 31-10 in favor of Oklahoma, which has won the last two meetings.


● Texas A&M shot a season-low 26.9 percent from the floor in the contest, including a 2-for-23 mark from beyond the 3-point arc.

● Oklahoma, meanwhile, made 21-of-53 shots in the game (39.6 percent).

● The Maroon & White used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Davonte Fitzgerald, Jordan Green, Jamal Jones and Kourtney Roberson for the third straight game.

● The Aggies trailed 23-14 at halftime and shot an abysmal 14.7 percent (5-for-34) during the first period.


● Junior forward Kourtney Roberson set a career-best with 13 rebounds in the contest while adding seven points to fall just three points short of his fourth career double-double.

● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 40-36 in his third season at Texas A&M and 251-215 in 16 years as a head coach.


● The Aggies will have a 10-day break before their next contest, which will take place on Dec. 31 against North Texas inside Reed Arena.

● Oklahoma, meanwhile, hosts Louisiana Tech in Norman, Okla., on Dec. 30.


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