Texas A&M 103, Grambling St. 101, 2 OT
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Antoine Wright scored a career-high 32 points to lead Texas A&M to a 103-101 victory over Grambling State in double overtime Sunday night.
The biggest of Wright’s shots didn’t even go in the basket. With just six seconds left and Grambling (2-7) up 101-100, the Tigers were called for goaltending and a foul against the sophomore forward. Wright drained the ensuing free throw for a 3-point play and sealed A&M’s overtime win.
Grambling’s Paul Haynes, who finished with 22 points, and Texas A&M’s Acie Law exchanged baskets in the final stretch of the second half. Each had six points in the final three minutes of regulation to leave the game tied at 81-81 after Grambling’s Jamar Lewis missed the front end of a one-and-one with four seconds left.
Haynes fouled out with 1:17 remaining in the first overtime.
Law hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining for a 90-87 lead in the first overtime, only to watch Ron Ellis answer with his own 3-pointer with two seconds left, tying the game at 90 at the end of the first overtime.
Grambling had scored more than 60 just twice before this season and won both of those games. Brion Rush led Grambling with 24 points.
Texas A&M (5-3) continued to struggle defensively, giving up 56 percent shooting to the Tigers. But A&M’s offense answered the call, getting career performances from Wright and Law. Law scored 16 points after halftime and restored leads for the Aggies on five occasions starting with three minutes left in the second half.