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Aggies control boards to dominate Longhorns

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon had been on his basketball team about rebounding since a loss to Baylor earlier in the week where they were outrebounded by seven.

On Saturday, the No. 22 Aggies answered his call, out-rebounding No. 21 Texas in a 74-58 win that saw Longhorns guard J'Covan Brown injured after a hard fall late in the game in College Station, Texas.

Donald Sloan had 19 points to lead the Aggies, whose rebounding advantage was 40-29.

Texas A&M never trailed and went up 10 points before scoring six in a row to push the lead to 66-50 with about three minutes remaining.

"That's all I showed our guys on film was us getting our tails kicked at Baylor on the boards; and said if we did it again, we were going to lose to Texas," Turgeon said. "They responded. Rebounded well on both ends and played with a lot of toughness."

The Longhorns finished with their lowest scoring output of the season. Leading scorer Damion James, who entered the game averaging 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, finished with 12 points and one rebound.

Brown was taken off the court on a board with his neck stabilized after falling hard on a drive to the basket late in the game. He was conscious as he was wheeled out of the arena on a stretcher about 20 minutes after the end. Texas officials said he had a neck injury, likely a stinger, and was taken to a hospital for evaluation

Texas coach Rick Barnes spoke with Brown before he left for the hospital and said he seemed OK but had "just a little numbness in his left side."

TEXAS (22-7): Bradley 2-7 2-2 6, James 4-10 3-4 12, Mason 3-7 0-0 6, Pittman 2-7 2-2 6, Brown 3-8 1-1 9, Johnson 2-6 3-4 7, Lucas 0-0 0-0 0, Wangmene 1-3 0-0 2, Hamilton 4-9 1-2 10. Totals 21-57 12-15 58.

TEXAS A&M (20-8): Davis 2-6 0-3 4, Harris 2-2 2-3 6, Loubeau 5-11 5-7 15, Sloan 6-15 4-6 19, Middleton 0-5 7-8 7, Holmes 2-5 2-2 8, Turner 4-5 1-2 9, Hibbert 0-2 0-0 0, Walkup 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 23-53 21-31 74.

Halftime—Texas A&M 31-23. 3-Point Goals—Texas 4-12 (Brown 2-3, James 1-2, Hamilton 1-3, Mason 0-2, Bradley 0-2), Texas A&M 7-12 (Sloan 3-5, Holmes 2-2, Walkup 2-2, Hibbert 0-1, Middleton 0-2) . Fouled Out—James. Rebounds—Texas 29 (Bradley, Johnson 5), Texas A&M 40 (Davis 8). Assists—Texas 12 (Brown, Mason 3), Texas A&M 14 (Harris 6). Total Fouls—Texas 24, Texas A&M 19. A—13,717.

No. 24 Baylor 70, Oklahoma 63 — Ekpe Udoh had 20 points and seven blocked shots playing in his home state for Baylor's first win over the Sooners in Norman since December 1977.

LaceDarius Dunn scored 21 points for Baylor which until this season hadn't beaten Oklahoma since the Big 12 came into existence with the 1996-97 season. But Saturday's win gave the Bears a season sweep of the slumping Sooners for the first time since the 1954-55 season.

Tiny Gallon had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma, which has lost six straight games and nine of 11. The Sooners, with two regular-season games left, are in danger of posting their first losing season since 1980-81, Billy Tubbs' debut season as Oklahoma's coach.

The 6-foot-10 Udoh, from nearby Edmond, has 122 blocked shots this season, a new conference record. Kelvin Cato of Iowa State set the previous record of 118 during the 1996-97 season.

Udoh also dominated offensively, finishing 9 of 14 from the field and providing an inside complement to the outside shooting of Dunn, who went 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Baylor has won five of its last six games and seven of nine.

Oklahoma played without leading scorer Willie Warren, who coach Jeff Capel said is out for the rest of the regular season — and possibly beyond — with a nagging ankle injury. The Sooners, who entered the game leading the Big 12 in made 3-pointers per game, went 2 of 18 from behind the arc.

Gallon's double-double was the seventh of his freshman season for the Sooners.

BAYLOR (22-6): Udoh 9-14 2-3 20, Jones 1-3 0-0 2, Lomers 1-2 2-2 4, Dunn 8-15 0-0 21, Carter 3-7 2-2 10, Ellis 0-0 4-4 4, Acy 1-3 7-8 9, Walton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-45 17-19 70.

OKLAHOMA (13-15): Fitzgerald 1-6 5-6 7, Gallon 11-17 1-1 23, Crocker 2-7 1-2 6, Mason-Griffin 3-19 2-2 8, Davis 2-10 0-0 5, Wright 4-7 6-7 14, Pledger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-67 15-18 63.

Halftime—Baylor 36-35. 3-Point Goals—Baylor 7-14 (Dunn 5-9, Carter 2-4, Udoh 0-1), Oklahoma 2-18 (Crocker 1-4, Davis 1-6, Gallon 0-1, Pledger 0-1, Mason-Griffin 0-6). Fouled Out—None. Rebound s—Baylor 30 (Acy 9), Oklahoma 38 (Gallon 15). Assists—Baylor 9 (Carter 5), Oklahoma 14 (Mason-Griffin 8). Total Fouls—Baylor 14, Oklahoma 13. A—10,798.

Colorado 75, Iowa State 72 — Cory Higgins scored a season-high 33 points to lead Colorado over Iowa State.

With Colorado trailing 46-40 with 16 minutes left, Higgins scored 15 of the Buffaloes' next 17 points to give them a 57-55 lead with 7:20 left. He hit two three-pointers in the stretch, and he finished it with a baseline drive past 6-foot-9 LaRon Dendy.

Casey Crawford hit two three-pointers to extend Colorado's lead to four, and the Buffaloes hit eight free throws in the final 1:16 to seal the win.

Marquis Gilstrap scored 26 points for the Cyclones, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games.

The Cyclones rallied from an early deficit to take a 38-36 lead at halftime. Gilstrap led Iowa State with 12 first-half points, and Higgins and Marcus Relphorde had 12 each for Colorado.

IOWA ST. (14-15): Gilstrap 10-16 4-8 26, Brackins 6-16 0-0 13, Hamilton 5-5 1-3 11, Garrett 4-9 2-2 11, Christopherson 0-7 2-2 2, Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Colvin 0-4 0-0 0, Dendy 3-5 3-6 9. Totals 28-62 12-21 72.

COLORADO (13-15): Dufault 2-4 0-0 4, Tomlinson 1-4 0-0 2, Relphorde 4-10 2-2 12, Burks 3-6 4-4 11, C.Higgins 12-15 6-6 33, Thorne II 1-3 0-0 3, Harris-Tunks 0-0 0-0 0, Knutson 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 4-6 0-0 10, Hornbuckle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-49 12-12 75.

Halftime—Iowa St. 38-36. 3-Point Goals—Iowa St. 4-15 (Gilstrap 2-3, Garrett 1-2, Brackins 1-3, Colvin 0-2, Christopherson 0-5), Colorado 9-20 (C.Higgins 3-4, Crawford 2-4, Relphorde 2-4, Thor ne II 1-2, Burks 1-3, Dufault 0-1, Tomlinson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Iowa St. 37 (Brackins, Dendy 9), Colorado 21 (C.Higgins 6). Assists—Iowa St. 10 (Gilstrap 4), Colorado 17 (Tomlinson 5). Total Fouls—Iowa St. 17, Colorado 16. A—6,613.

Nebraska 83, Texas Tech 79, 2 OT — Sek Henry scored seven of his 21 points in the second overtime, and Nebraska ended a seven-game losing streak with a victory over Texas Tech that put a dent in the Red Raiders' NIT hopes.

Henry hit a jumper and three-pointer to break a 73-73 tie, then made two free throws to put the Huskers up 80-76. Lance Jeter made three of four free throws in the last 44 seconds to hold off the Red Raiders.

Nick Okorie scored 28 points, Brad Reese 19 and John Roberson 15 for Tech, which lost its fifth straight.

Brandon Richardson added 15 points, Brandon Ubel 14 and Ryan Anderson 12 for the Huskers.

TEXAS TECH (16-12): Roberts 2-3 0-0 4, Cohadarevic 1-7 0-0 2, Singletary 3-14 2-4 8, Roberson 4-10 4-4 15, Okorie 9-15 4-6 28, Reese 8-14 0-0 19, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Tairu 1-4 1-4 3, Lewandowski 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 2 8-69 11-18 79.

NEBRASKA (14-15): Standhardinger 0-5 4-4 4, Diaz 3-9 1-2 7, Henry 6-11 6-6 21, Jeter 1-10 6-9 8, Anderson 4-14 1-2 12, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Holley 0-1 0-0 0, Richardson 4-10 6-7 15, Ubel 5-6 2-4 14, Gallegos 0-0 0-2 0, Hankins-Cole 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-69 26-36 83.

Halftime—Texas Tech 34-26. End Of Regulation—Tied 62. End Of 1st Overtime—Tied 71. 3-Point Goals—Texas Tech 12-23 (Okorie 6-9, Reese 3-4, Roberson 3-7, Tairu 0-1, Singletary 0-2), Nebraska 9- 22 (Anderson 3-4, Henry 3-7, Ubel 2-2, Richardson 1-5, Standhardinger 0-1, Jones 0-1, Jeter 0-2). Fouled Out—Reese, Roberson. Rebounds—Texas Tech 43 (Singletary 10), Nebraska 52 (Anderson 8). As sists—Texas Tech 15 (Roberson 6), Nebraska 12 (Henry 6). Total Fouls—Texas Tech 27, Nebraska 17. A—10,785.

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