Texas A&M 66, Nebraska 55
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)—Acie Law scored 19 points and Texas A&M picked up its fifth straight win, 66-55 over Nebraska on Saturday.
The Aggies are 15-2 at home this season and their five-game Big 12 Conference winning streak is their longest in league history.
The win gives Texas A&M (18-7, 8-6 Big 12) sole possession of fourth place in the conference and is a boost to its NCAA tournament chances. It also gives the Aggies momentum heading into Wednesday’s home matchup with archrival No. 7 Texas.
Texas A&M led by as many as 14 in the second half, but let Nebraska (17-10, 7-7) cut the lead to 57-52 late in the game. The Cornhuskers employed a full court press at that point, but the Aggies made two quick baskets to stretch the lead to 61-52.
Poor shooting dogged Nebraska throughout and game and the team shot just 31 percent.
Texas A&M led 50-41 when two straight steals by the Aggies, paired with two layups and one free throw by Law, extended the lead to 55-41.
Nebraska got within 33-30 about midway through the second half on a dunk by Aleks Maric. But Joseph Jones answered with a big two-handed dunk of his own on the next possession and the Cornhuskers would get no closer.
Law hit a long jumper and then slid on the court to save the ball on the other end after a bad pass by Nebraska. He collected himself in time to dash to the other end and knock down a long 3-pointer that put Texas A&M ahead 40-31.
Texas A&M got 12 points from Chris Walker, who made three 3-pointers, and Jones added 11.
Nebraska was led by Jamel White, who had 16 points, and Jason Dourisseau added 14.
Nebraska coach Barry Collier, apparently upset with the lack of fouls called on the Aggies, got a technical with 14:53 left in the first half.
Jones sunk both free throws for the Aggies but then was quickly called for his second foul after battling with Maric under the basket. Jones sat for most of the rest of the half and had just six points before halftime.
The Cornhuskers had bigger problems than the officiating early in the game. They did not make a field goal until a shot by White 10 minutes into the first half that made the score 13-5.
Nebraska never managed to find its offense in the first half, shooting just 17 percent, but was able to keep it close by sinking 11-of-15 free throws. Texas A&M led 27-21 at halftime.