OT WIN AT
MISSISSIPPI STATE, 55-49
(avail Wed 11:30 PM)
(avail Wed 11:30 PM)
Note: Full and condensed replays are available after 11:30 PM (CT) per SEC regulations.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Fabyon Harris scored 17 points, Elston Turner added 11 and Texas A&M rallied past Mississippi State for a 55-49 overtime win on Wednesday night.
Texas A&M (13-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed by 14 points early in the second half but recovered to snap a four-game losing streak. Harris made 8 of 13 shots from the field and Turner sank a crucial fadeaway jumper with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Aggies a 53-49 lead.
J'Mychal Reese scored 10 points, including four in overtime.
Mississippi State's Craig Sword banked in a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to tie the game at 47 and send it into overtime. Gavin Ware led the Bulldogs (7-12, 2-5) with 14 points while Colin Borchert added 10. The Bulldogs have lost five straight.
Texas A&M started the SEC schedule with impressive back-to-back wins over Arkansas and Kentucky, but since then the offense has disappeared. It wasn't much better against the Bulldogs, but some big shots by Reese and Turner in overtime were enough to give the Aggies the win.
Mississippi State coach Rick Ray has preached a deliberate approach during his first season - especially because the roster has just seven healthy scholarship players - so the Bulldogs' 29-17 halftime advantage was nearly perfection.
Mississippi State was very efficient on offense, making 10 of 15 (66.7 percent) shots from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and the defense forced 13 Texas A&M turnovers.
But the Bulldogs had trouble taking care of the ball in the second half with 14 turnovers. Texas A&M turned many of those into easy buckets and owned a 14-0 advantage in fast-break points.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 31-17 early in the second half but Texas A&M then started a methodical comeback, which resulted in a 16-2 run that tied the game at 33 with 13:30 remaining.
The teams traded blows until Texas A&M was finally able to create some separation when Turner hit back-to-back baskets to push the Aggies ahead 45-42 with 3:54 remaining.
But Mississippi State had one more run remaining and Sword's 3-pointer off the glass tied it at 47. Borchert's jumper pushed the Bulldogs ahead 49-47 at the start of overtime, but they didn't score another point during the final four minutes.
Texas A&M Men's Basketball
Texas A&M 55, Mississippi State 49 (OT)
Jan. 30, 2013 ● Humphrey Coliseum
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● The victory was the 1,300th in the history of the Texas A&M basketball program.
● With the win, Texas A&M improved to 13-7 this season and 3-4 in SEC play.
● The all-time series between A&M and Mississippi State is now tied, 2-2.
● Texas A&M shot 47.2 percent for the game (25-of-53), while MSU shot 40 percent (16-of-40).
● A&M outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-24 ... It marked the sixth time in seven SEC games that the Aggies have owned an advantage on the boards.
● The game was the first overtime contest for the Aggies since a 81-75 win over Oklahoma on Jan. 21, 2012 ... A&M is now 33-45 in overtime games
● Sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson finished just two points shy of his second career double-double, ending play with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
● Senior guard Elston Turner, who was held scoreless in the first half, responded with 11 points after the intermission ... It marked the 41st double-digit scoring contest for Turner in 52 career games at A&M.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris led all scorers with 17 points ... It was his eighth double-digit scoring game in his last 11 contests.
● Freshman J'Mychal Reese scored six of the Aggies eight points in the overtime session.
● The Aggie return to College Station to host Kentucky on Saturday ... Earlier this month on Jan. 12, A&M earned an 83-71 victory over the Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
● Mississippi State, meanwhile, will face LSU in Starkville on Saturday.