KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas A&M’s Big 12 basketball activity has been extended at least one day.
Dash Harris and Khris Middleton drilled key 3-pointers in the last 4 minutes and A&M hit 14 straight foul shots Wednesday night, giving the SEC-bound Aggies a 62-53 victory over Oklahoma in a ragged opening-round match of the Big 12 tournament.
In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the ninth-seeded Aggies will meet No. 3 Kansas, which beat them twice while rolling to its eighth straight regular-season Big 12 championship.
“It’s always a good game at Kansas,” said Middleton. “We just have to master our attention and go over that too and just go out there, execute the game plan we get tonight and just fight tomorrow and compete.”
Eighth-seeded Oklahoma, trailing almost the entire second half, sliced the lead to 47-45 on Romero Osby’s four free throws before Harris connected for his second 3-pointer at the 3:55 mark.
“It was one of the biggest shots in the game,” said A&M’s Elston Turner. “Dash, throughout his career, he’s hit big shots.”
David Loubeau hit a bucket for the Aggies that Sam Grooms answered for the Sooners. Then Middleton’s 3-pointer gave A&M a 55-47 lead with 1:42 left.
“We’re just excited to keep playing,” said A&M coach Billy Kennedy.
Loubeau and Middleton each had 15 points for the Aggies (14-17), playing their last Big 12 tournament before joining the Southeastern Conference on July 1.
Oklahoma (15-16) got 17 points from Osby and 13 from Grooms.
Oklahoma State 76,
Texas Tech 60
Travis Ford has never been through a season quite like this one, where it seemed that just about every night out somebody else went down with a devastating injury.
It’s gotten to the point where Ford and a couple of assistants were forced to practice with the Cowboys for their opening game in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night. They simply didn’t have enough bodies to put on the floor against each other.
“For these guys to continue to play as hard as they are,” Ford said, “they’re fun to watch.”
Especially since they’re still winning.
Keiton Page scored 20 points, Brian Williams added 19 and the seventh-seeded Cowboys knocked off No. 10 seed Texas Tech 76-60 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
Cezar Guerrero scored all 16 of his points in the second half for Oklahoma State (15-17), which advanced to play second-seeded No. 5 Missouri in the quarterfinals Thursday night. Markel Brown finished with 12 points as the Cowboys went 16 of 16 from the free-throw line.
“Words really can’t describe how proud I am of our basketball team,” said Ford, his voice cracking after the game. “They continue to amaze me.”
Jordan Tolbert had 16 points and six rebounds for Texas Tech, which matched a school record for the most losses in a single season. The 1990-91 team coached by Gerald Myers also went 8-23.
Star freshman Le’Bryan Nash, who said late Wednesday he plans to return for his sophomore season, missed his fourth straight game with a fractured non-shooting hand.
The end of a miserable season couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for Texas Tech.