Texas A&M 75, Texas Tech 59
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)—Marion Pompey scored a career-high 17 points to lead Texas A&M to a 75-59 win over Texas Tech on Saturday, extending the Aggies win streak to seven games.
A&M led by double digits throughout the second half, building a 23-point margin after Pompey hit three straight baskets and a free throw in less than a minute with 7:22 remaining. The Aggies (20-7, 10-6 Big 12) were aided by poor shooting by the Red Raiders (14-16, 6-10) who hit on only 11-of-26 in the second half.
Tech got only three field goals in final 8 minutes, two of those coming in the final 60 seconds.
Pompey was 8-of-10 from the field and sank his one free throw attempt.
It was Tech’s fourth straight loss, a first since Bob Knight arrived in 2001. The Red Raiders’ regular season finish is the first time Knight has fallen below .500 since 1970-71, his final year at Army when the Cadets went 11-13.
In Knight’s first four seasons, Tech won at least 20 games.
The Aggies, who were coming off an 46-43 win over No. 6 Texas on Wednesday night, finished with five players in double figures. Joseph Jones and Acie Law scored 14 each and Dominique Kirk and Antanas Kavaliauskas got 11 each.
Jarrius Jackson scored 22 points and Martin Zeno added 12 for the Red Raiders.
The Aggies led for most of the first half until the Red Raiders used a 9-2 run that included a 3-pointer by Tanner Ogden and a dunk by Darryl Dora off an assist from Jackson to go up 23-22 with 6:05 remaining. Tech sputtered from there, though, scoring only one more field goal as the Aggies closed out the half on a 19-4 run to lead 41-27. The spurt included back-to-back 3s by Josh Carter and five points from Kirk.