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A&M Drops Heartbreaker at Mizzou, 57-56

March 05, 2014
Courtesy: Associated Press
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Earnest Ross converted two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining to give Missouri its first lead of the night and help the Tigers survive a scare from Texas A&M with a 57-56 win on Wednesday night.

Ross, honored before the game for Senior Night, only scored five points before hitting his game-winning shots. With 2.2 ticks left, Ross broke up a pass from Texas A&M's Alex Caruso's inbounds pass, and the Aggies couldn't put up another attempt.

Missouri (21-9, 9-8 SEC) overcame 26.9 percent shooting in the first half and trailed by no more than four points during the final 10 minutes, but never caught Texas A&M until the final seconds.

Jamal Jones led the Aggies (17-13, 8-9) with 16 points, but committed a turnover with 17.4 seconds remaining and missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 8.1 seconds left.

Kourtney Roberson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for Texas A&M, which entered the contest having won five of its last eight games.

The Aggies limited Missouri to 34 percent shooting a game after the Tigers shot a season-high 62 percent from the field.

Missouri started 1 of 9 from the field and entered the locker room with more turnovers (9) than field goals (7). The Tigers then started the second half 6 of 10 from the field, and got a spark from freshman Torren Jones.

Jones, who didn't play before the break, entered the game and converted a traditional three-point play to get the Tigers within 41-35 with 13:22 remaining. He then stole a pass from Texas A&M's Blake McDonald on the next possession, which led to a dunk by Johnathan Williams III.

Jones' plays highlighted a 12-2 Missouri run that narrowed the deficit to 43-42 with 9:16 remaining. But Jamal Jones' steal and fast break layup ended the streak, and the teams traded baskets until the final seconds.

Torren Jones finished with five points after garnering a career-high eight in last Saturday's 85-66 win against Mississippi State. All seven of Ross' points came in the final 1:06.


Postgame Notes

Missouri 57, Texas A&M 56

March 5, 2014 Mizzou Arena


● Texas A&M fell to 17-13 on the season with an 8-9 record in the SEC after the 57-56 loss to Missouri on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

● The all-time series between the schools now stands at 15-11 in favor of Missouri.


● The A&M defense forced 17 Missouri turnovers and limited the Tigers to a .340 shooting percentage, their third worst shooting night of the season.

● The Aggies, meanwhile, shot 44 percent for the game (22-of-50) with a 32-22 edge in points in the paint.

● At the free throw line, Missouri made 24-of-30 attempts (80%) while A&M was 7-of-10.

● Texas A&M owned a 30-20 lead at the intermission.

● The Maroon & White used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Jordan Green, Jamal Jones, Antwan Space and Kourtney Roberson for the third time this season.


● Junior Jamal Jones led the Aggies in scoring with 16 points, making 6-of-16 shot attempts including three from beyond the 3-point arc … It stands as the 17th time this season he has paced the team in scoring.

● Sophomore Alex Caruso and junior Kourtney Roberson also finished in double-digit scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively ... Caruso dished out a game-high four assists while Roberson led all rebounders with nine.

● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 49-46 in his third season at Texas A&M and 260-225 in 16 years as a head coach.


● The Aggies return home to Reed Arena for the last time this season on Saturday where they will host Auburn in the regular season finale ... The game is slated to tip-off at 3 p.m. and will be televised by SEC TV ... Prior to the game, the Texas A&M men's basketball program will honor its senior class.

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