NO. 20 MISSOURI, 70-68

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to help Texas A&M to a 70-68 victory over No. 21 Missouri on Thursday night.

68 - 70
Reed Arena • College Station
Attendance: 5,484
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Missouri (16-6, 5-4) 30 38 68
A&M (14-8, 4-5) 36 34 70
 Stats at a Glance
FG Percentage 45.7 50.0
3-Pt FG Percentage 33.3 50.0
FT Percentage 91.7 66.7
Rebounds 31 25
Turnovers 16 12
Points in the Paint 22 34
Points off Turnovers 18 22
Second Chance Points 12 12
Fast Break Points 4 8
Bench Points 10 10
MU Leaders A&M
Oriakhi, 15 Pts Harris, 17
Oriakhi, 8 Reb Roberson, 6
Pressey, 4 Ast Caruso, 6
Bell, 2 Stl Roberson, 3
Oriakhi, 3 Blk R Turner, 3

The loss dropped the Tigers (16-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) to 0-5 in true road games. They have won three games at neutral sites this season.

Laurence Bowers was wide open when he hit a 3-pointer to give Missouri its first lead of the game, 68-67, with 53 seconds left.

Harris turned it over on Texas A&M's next possession, but Phil Pressey gave it right back with a turnover to set up the winning score for A&M (14-8, 4-5).

Ray Turner blocked a shot by Keion Bell with 2 seconds left to secure the win.

Alex Oriakhi led the Tigers with 15 points.

Missouri used an 11-1 run to tie it at 63-all with about 2 minutes left. Missouri's first seven points of that run were on free throws before Pressey capped it with two short jumpers on consecutive possessions.

The teams exchanged baskets before Elston Turner made it 67-65 with a long jumper before the shot by Bowers.

Elston Turner added 15 points for A&M and Kourtney Roberson had 14.

Pressey scored 13 for Missouri and Bell had 12.

Missouri was coming off an 81-59 win over Vanderbilt, and is a perfect 13-0 at home this year. But the Tigers can't find a way to win on the road.

They had 16 turnovers on Thursday which led to 22 points by the Aggies.

They were down by 15 points with about 14 minutes left before a 15-6 run got them within 58-52 with less than 8 minutes to play. Texas A&M had three turnovers and didn't score for a more than a 3-minute stretch.

Harris hit a 3-pointer before Oriakhi was called for a foul and then charged with a technical after a scuffle with Harris for a rebound. Elston Turner made one of the free throws to push the lead to 62-52.

The Tigers opened the second half with a turnover by Bowers, which led to a dunk by Ray Turner. They would commit three more before they made their first basket of the second half - a 3 by Earnest Ross with about 15 1-2 minutes remaining.

They had four free throws in that stretch as A&M added 12 points, mostly off Missouri's miscues to extend the lead to 48-34 before the 3 by Ross.

The Aggies used an 11-2 run to push the lead to 32-19 but Missouri used an 11-4 run to cut its halftime deficit to 36-30.















Post-Game Notes



Texas A&M Men's Basketball

Postgame Notes

Texas A&M 70, No. 21/20 Missouri 68

Feb. 7, 2013 Reed Arena


● With the win, Texas A&M improved to 14-8 on the season with a 4-5 mark in SEC play.

● Missouri, meanwhile, dropped to 16-6 on the year with a 5-4 mark in league action.

● The all-time series between the schools now stands at 13-11 in favor of the Tigers, but the Aggies have won nine of the last 11 meetings.


● The victory was A&M's first win over a ranked opponent since a 64-56 win in College Station over No. 24 Kansas State on Jan. 22, 2011.

● Texas A&M shot 50 percent for the game (28-of-56), marking the third time this season it has shot 50 percent or better.

● The Tigers shot 45.7 percent on the night, making 21-of-46 shot attempts ... Missouri also made 22-of-24 free throw attempts in the contest, compared to just 8-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe for the Aggies.

● A&M owned a 34-22 edge in points in the paint and displayed impressive team passing by collecting 17 assists on 28 made baskets.


● Texas A&M featured four players in double-figure scoring (Fabyon Harris {17}, Elston Turner {15}, Kourtney Roberson {14} and Ray Turner {12}) ... It marked the first time since Nov. 26th's win over Northwestern State that A&M has had at least four players record 10 or more points.

● Harris led all scorers with 17 points on the night, making 7-of-12 shot attempts, including 3-of-4 from long range, to reach double-figures in scoring for the 10th time in his last 13 games ... The Chicago native ranks second on the Aggies with a 13.6 point per game average in SEC play.

● Freshman guard Alex Caruso drew his sixth start of the season and dished out a game-high six assists, just one short of his career best.

● In addition to finishing with a career-high tying 14 points, Roberson pulled down six rebounds and collected a career-high three assists.


● The Aggies held a 36-30 lead after 20 minutes of play.

● A&M made six of its first seven field goal attempts shots en route to building a 13-point with 7:20 to play in the period.

● Harris led all scorers with 11 points in the period.

● Texas A&M shot a blistering 56 percent (14-of-25) during the period ... Missouri was also hot from the floor and made 11-of-20 first half shots for a 55 percent team shooting percentage.


● Missouri held a 38-34 edge in second half scoring.

● A&M's lead reached its high water mark at 52-37 with 13:57 to play.

● The Tigers led only once in the contest, a 68-67 advantage that followed a 3-point basket from Laurence Bowers with 53 second to play.

● Roberson led the Aggies with 10 second half points.

● A&M shot 14-for-31 (45.2 percent) after halftime, while Missouri made 10-of-26 second half shots (38.5 percent).


● The Aggies hit the road for Athen, Ga., this weekend where they will face Georgia in a 4 p.m. (CT) match-up on Saturday ... The game will be televised by ESNPU.

● Missouri, meanwhile, will return to Columbia, Mo., to host Ole Miss on Saturday.



Post-Game Quotes


Texas A&M Basketball

Postgame Quotes

Texas A&M 70, Missouri 68

Feb. 7, 2013 ● Reed Arena

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening Statement:

"I really proud of the fight our team had the first 10 minutes of the game. I know it was really exciting there at the end, but I thought we came out ready to play. We hadn't had good starts the last few games but we came out with a really good start, sharing the ball and making shots."

On fatigue being a factor:

"That's a concern we talked about all day. Our word was finish; we talked about finishing and we've been close, but we wear down a little bit. You can see Missouri's talent and skill level picked up at the end, but really the guys fought hard and we got a break. We did a really good job executing the last play."

On effort in recent games:

"We had great effort against Kentucky and you know, we built off of that. We said after we got beat, we were disappointed we lost, but we're going to build off the things we did in that game. We came out and did that in this game."

Texas A&M Senior Guard Elston Turner

On the team fighting back for a win:

"We've been through those situations before. We practice them a lot in two-minute drills and that was a tribute to the players and the coaches. We all paid attention to what we had to do; coach drew up a play and we all listened. We got a big stop at the end. Like I said, we practice those and it paid off."


Texas A&M Junior Guard Fabyon Harris

On wanting ball at end of game

"I wanted the ball because I knew coach would get on me because I turned the ball over at a crucial time, so when the play drew out to Elston and two players were on him, I was wide open.  I just let it fly, and it went in."

Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith

"Obviously, it was a tough loss for us. I thought our guys fought hard to get back in the game but we just weren't able to finish it.  Give A&M credit, they competed and played very well."


On Road Losses

"If you look across the country, traditionally teams play better at home than they do on the road. We are no different than any other team in the country, but obviously this was a tough game tonight. We took the lead there with 20 something seconds left; we have to finish that game off."