Texas A&M 65, Kansas St. 51
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Acie Law recovered from an early ankle injury to score 17 points and Antoine Wright added 14, leading Texas A&M to a 65-51 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.
Wright started a 14-4 run midway through the second half with a 3-pointer and Law finished it with a jumper from the corner to end a two-game losing streak for the Aggies (13-3, 2-3 Big 12).
Freshman Joseph Jones had 12 points and eight rebounds and Bobby Leach chipped in with 10 points and six assists to improve A&M’s home record to 12-1 this season.
Jeremiah Massey led Kansas State (11-4, 1-3) with 20 points, and was the only Wildcats player to score in double figures.
After a week-long layoff following a 20-point upset of Missouri, Kansas State struggled to find its shooting touch. The Wildcats shot just 40 percent, including 23 percent from behind the arc—terrible for a team that entered ranked third nationally in 3-point shooting at 43.2 percent.
Meanwhile, the Aggies’ aggressive pressure defense, ranked No. 6 nationally in field-goal percentage, carried them for long stretches of the game, particularly when Law came up hobbling after an early collision.
Law hurt his left ankle two minutes into the game and had to be escorted off the floor by a couple of teammates. He headed for the locker room a few minutes later, limping heavily and grimacing all the way.
He looked like he might be done for the afternoon.
But Law returned to the game midway through the first half, without any hint of a limp, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd of 9,692.
During their point guard’s absence, the Aggies pulled ahead by holding the Wildcats without a point for more than six minutes.
Trailing by 10 points late in the first half, Massey led Kansas State on a 10-0 spurt to tie the game at 30-all going into halftime.
But when Wright and Law finally got it going offensively, the Wildcats couldn’t keep up.
Wright and Law hit back-to-back 3s, and Wright followed with a jumper to increase A&M’s lead to 55-40 with just over seven minutes left in the game.
Law finished off the game-clinching run with a crossover dribble that sent Kansas State’s Fred Peete tumbling to the court, drawing oohs from the crowd, and nailed a jumper from the corner that gave A&M its biggest lead of the game, 61-44.
Law added five assists and four rebounds, a complete turnaround from a two-game slump in which he scored a total of eight points.