Pacific 63, Texas A&M 56
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—Johnny Gray scored a career-high 28 points Tuesday night to lead Pacific to a 63-56 victory over Texas A&M, handing the Aggies their first loss of the season.
Gray scored 14 consecutive points for Pacific (9-4) over a five-minute span of the second half to put the Tigers in control after Texas A&M had taken a 40-33 lead with 12:32 remaining to play.
Gray’s spurt came with Pacific’s leading scorer, Christian Maraker, on the bench with four fouls. Maraker scored 14 points for the Tigers.
Joseph Jones had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Texas A&M (10-1), which was looking to start 11-0 for the second season in a row. Josh Carter scored 13 points and Acie Law added 10 for the Aggies.
Gray made five of seven 3-pointers, including one with 9:36 to play that put Pacific ahead for good at 41-40. Gray’s outside shooting negated the strong inside play of the Aggies, who held a 24-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Pacific made 59 percent of its shots from the field in the second half after making just 32 percent in the first half.
Law and Dominique Kirk made back-to-back 3-pointers to complete an early 12-2 run that gave Texas A&M its biggest lead at 14-5 about 7 minutes into the game.
But Pacific methodically worked its way back, and there were five lead changes in the final 4:20 of the first half before Gray’s two free throws gave the Tigers a 26-25 edge at the break.
Texas A&M began the second half with an 8-2 spurt, before Gray took the game over.