TEXAS A&M 91, MISSOURI 63
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Antoine Wright and Bobby Leach scored 20 points apiece and Texas A&M used sizzling long-range shooting to beat Missouri 91-63 on Saturday night.
Texas A&M shot 75 percent from 3-point range in the second half, making 9-of-12 to erase a one-point halftime deficit and coast to the lopsided win.
It was a turnaround from the first half when the Aggies made just 2-of-7 3-point shots.
The win is Texas A&M’s 15th of the season, which ensures the Aggies their best finish since going 19-11 in the 1993-1994 season.
Leach’s 20 points was a career high for the senior. He made 4-of-5 3-pointers, with three coming in the second half.
Joseph Jones added 17 points and had four blocked shots for Texas A&M and Acie Law scored 11 points and had a career-best 14 assists.
Texas A&M (15-5, 4-5 Big 12) trailed 43-39 with 17:15 left before going on a 13-0 run fueled by hot 3-point shooting to take a 52-43 lead. In that span of under three minutes, Texas A&M made three 3-point goals, including two by freshman Dominique Kirk.
The Aggies hit four more from beyond the arc and Wright made his second three-point play of the night to put Texas A&M ahead 73-55 with just more than six minutes remaining.
Missouri (10-12, 2-7) managed only eight more points the rest of the game, while Texas A&M piled on 18, six of which were from 3-pointers.
Freshman Jason Horton led Missouri with 17 points, including five 3-pointers and Jason Conley added 12.
Texas A&M took advantage of 19 Missouri turnovers that led to 24 points.
Missouri led 7-4 early, but Texas A&M outscored the Tigers 11-0 to take a 15-7 lead with 13:27 left in first half.
Missouri made two 3-pointers late in the first half to lead 35-34 at halftime.
The Tigers have now lost four straight and seven of the last eight and remain winless on the road.
Former Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins was greeted with a warm ovation on his return to College Station as an assistant with Missouri. Watkins resigned last season after the Aggies went 7-21 and winless in Big 12 play. His last game as Texas A&M coach came in a loss to Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.