COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Texas A&M kept pushing to the end. No. 13 Oklahoma State pushed harder.
John Lucas scored 27 points and Tony Allen had 13 of his 21 in the second half for the Cowboys, who held off Texas A&M 91-79 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
The Cowboys shot 69 percent in the second half.
“We ran some special scoring plays and we executed those well,” Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said. “Something we need to work on is our defense.”
The Cowboys (16-2, 6-1 Big 12) never trailed after the opening minutes of the game but the Aggies (7-11, 0-7) got within 73-68 with 5:51 to play before going on to their seventh straight loss.
“We just didn’t play defense at all, that’s about all you can say,” Aggies forward Nick Anderson said. “It’s tough when you turn the ball over and they run a play and make it work.”
The Cowboys took a 53-39 lead early in the second half on a 3-pointer by Lucas. The Aggies went on an 11-2 run to get within 55-51, but Oklahoma State answered with a run that included consecutive baskets by Janavo Weatherspoon to make it 64-53.
Lucas scored the Cowboys’ final six points.
“It’s a pretty big win for us,” Allen said. “We have some tough games coming up and this was important for us to carry that momentum down the stretch to Iowa State. This was a credit to our practicing hard.”
Jesse King led the Aggies with 19 points and Antoine Wright had 13. Andy Slocum got his seventh double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
“We didn’t play very good defense,” Slocum said. “But we’re going to get it fixed the next game and get it done.”
The Cowboys closed out a tight first half with an 11-2 run that ended with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Lucas that made it 43-34.
The Cowboys have won 12 of their last 13 games and beat the Aggies for the eighth straight time.
It was another disappointing end for Aggies coach Melvin Watkins.
“Key players for other teams keep stepping up and making buckets when they need to,” Watkins said. “That’s something that we don’t have right now.”
The Cowboys played without reserve forwards Marcus Dove and Tremaine Fuqua, who were suspended indefinitely from the team earlier Tuesday for violating team policy. Sutton declined further comment.
Fuqua played 18 minutes in two games this season and had one field goal. Dove is a freshman redshirt.
Sutton called the Aggies a dangerous team that would beat someone. That made Anderson smile.
“Yeah, it’s been too long, we need to go ahead and win a game,” he said.