Texas A&M 63, Texas Tech 55
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Acie Law scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as Texas A&M overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Texas Tech 63-55 on Saturday in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools.
With Aggies leading scorer Joseph Jones on the bench for more than half the game with foul trouble, Law recovered from a poor shooting first half to lead the Texas A&M comeback.
Texas A&M went on a 15-2 run to open the second half on the strength of tough defense and hot shooting by Law and Dominique Kirk. Kirk made two 3-pointers in that span and Law’s bucket with just under 14 minutes remaining put Texas A&M (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) ahead 37-36. It was the Aggies first lead since they were up 2-0.
The win breaks a streak of 10 straight losses in conference openers dating back to 1995 for the Aggies. The last time Texas A&M won a league opener was a 90-80 victory, also over Texas Tech, in the old Southwest Conference.
The Aggies have won 11 home games in a row and their home record for the last two seasons is 28-3.
Jarrius Jackson led Texas Tech with 21 points, and Martin Zeno had 18 points and eight rebounds.
Texas Tech (8-7, 0-1 Big 12) led 34-25 at halftime after Zeno and Jackson combined for 27 points.
Texas A&M got in an early hole after making just two of its first 15 shots. Jones, who averages 16.6 points a game, finished with just six points and four rebounds.
Texas Tech trailed 2-0 before going on a 9-0 run to take a lead that it kept through the first half. Saturday marked the first time the Aggies had trailed by double digits this season and the first time they trailed in the second half at home.
Josh Carter added 13 points for Texas A&M and Lithuanian Antanas Kavaliauskas scored four straight points that extended the Aggies lead midway through the second half.