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Texas A&M beats Oklahoma 62-53 in Big 12 tournament's opening round

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 8:39 p.m. CST; updated 9:17 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Key 3-pointers drilled by Dash Harris and Khris Middleton in the game's final four minutes and 14 straight foul shots led Texas A&M to victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday night in a ragged opening-round match of the Big 12 tournament. The Aggies beat the sooners 62-53.

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.

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.

Loubeau and Middleton each had 15 points for the Aggies (14-17), playing their last Big 12 tournament before joining the Southeastern Conference. In Thursday's quarterfinals, they will meet No. 3 Kansas, who beat them twice while rolling to their eighth straight regular-season Big 12 championship.

Oklahoma (15-16) got 17 points from Osby and 13 from Grooms.

The ninth-seeded Aggies made their first 14 free throws in the second half after missing their only attempt in the first half. They wound up 15 for 17 for the night.

Texas A&M did not have a field goal the first five minutes of the second half but kept the cold-shooting Sooners at bay with four free throws by Loubeau. After Ray Turner's two free throws put the Aggies on top 33-29, Ray Turner took an alley-oop pass from Elston Turner and slammed down the dunk for A&M's first field goal of the half and a 35-29 lead at the 14:56 mark.

A few minutes later, Grooms' layup pulled the Sooners even at 39.

Ray Turner had 12 points and Elston Turner had 14 for the Aggies, who out-rebounded the Sooners 37-28.

Elston Turner hit back-to-back 3-pointers and triggered an 18-7 run in the final minutes of the first half that sent the Aggies into intermission with a 27-22 lead.

Middleton's two buckets sliced Oklahoma's lead to 14-13 before Turner, who hit 40 percent from beyond the arc for the year, connected to give the Aggies a 16-14 edge at the 5:40 mark.

Tyler Neal's 3-pointer answered for the Sooners, then Turner — who missed his first five shots — canned another 3-pointer and followed that with a bucket on A&M's next possession. His final bucket made it 27-20 and gave him 10 points for the half.

Oklahoma guard Cameron Clark, who had scored in double figures in five of the last six games, was 0 for 3 in the first half and finished with six points.


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