Texas Tech 70, Texas A&M 56
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Ronald Ross scored 27 points as Texas Tech beat Texas A&M 70-56 on Saturday night.
Tech (10-4, 2-1 Big 12) never trailed and the Red Raiders were aided by a cold-shooting Aggie team.
Texas A&M (12-2, 1-2) made just 22 percent from the field in the first half and didn’t climb into double digits until nearly 14 minutes into the game.
The Aggies came into the game second in the conference in field goal percentage at 50 percent. Against Tech, they shot just 40 percent on 21-of-53 from the field for the game.
They were no better when it came to 3-pointers. The Aggies hit on only 2-of-13, well below their 40 percent season average.
Despite the poor shooting, the Aggies crept back in the second half and pulled within 46-41 on a pull-up jumper in the lane by Dominique Kirk with 9:52 remaining in the game.
Tech countered with a 14-4 run, including six points by Darryl Dora to go up 60-45 with 5:19 to go. The Aggies got no closer.
The Red Raiders’ largest lead came with about 45 seconds remaining when they led 70-54.
Ross made 11-of-15 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Martin Zeno added 18 points for Texas Tech, and Dora had a season-high 11.
Antoine Wright scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds for Texas A&M, while Joseph Jones added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Red Raiders failed to convert on any of the Aggies’ seven first-half turnovers, but they still took a 31-21 lead into halftime.