LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Bill Self had no idea how right he was
when he said going against close friend Billy Gillispie wouldn't be
Then, Kansas' Alex Galindo hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer, and
Christian Moody and Aaron Miles each made two free throws in the
final seconds for a hard-fought 65-60 victory in the first Big 12
game of the season.
"I am proud of him," Self said of Gillispie, who was his
assistant coach for five years at Tulsa and Illinois. "I would
rather not play friends."
Ironically, Galindo originally signed with Gillispie at Texas-El
Paso. But he asked to be released and allowed to go to Kansas after
Gillispie, at Self's urging, took the job at Texas A&M.
"Galindo makes a miraculous shot, one he will remember,"
He and Self still talk frequently. Self even said the two would
probably get together later Wednesday night.
"I sat next to him for five years," Gillispie said. "His
teams play hard and they don't turn the ball over. You expect his
teams always to play great."
Texas A&M, which has lost 18 straight regular-season Big 12
games and not had a winning season in a decade, had generated
little attention despite having its best start in 83 years.
But the Aggies made believers of the Jayhawks, who got their
second big scare in as many games.
"They looked real good to me," said Miles, who fed a perfect
pass for Galindo's big 3-pointer.
"They play hard," he said. "Regardless of how much talent a
team has, if you play hard you're always going to have a chance."
Galindo, a 6-foot-7 freshman who was hampered by injuries most
of the early season, also made a key 3-pointer in overtime of
Kansas' 70-68 win on Saturday against No. 9 Georgia Tech.
"It gave me confidence," Galindo said. "Making a shot like
that to win a game today is better than making a shot to win a game
against Georgia Tech. This is the Big 12. That's one of our goals
to win the Big 12 championship. We beat a great team."
Kansas (10-0), without injured star Wayne Simien, struggled all
night against the Aggies' aggressive, pressing defense. Texas A&M
held the Jayhawks to 41 percent shooting and outrebounded them
The Jayhawks are off to their best start since the 1996-97 team
won its first 22 games.
Galindo's 3-pointer put Kansas on top 61-58 with 40 seconds
left. After Moody missed two free throws, Acie Law drove the lane
and scored to bring the Aggies within a point.
Moody was then fouled immediately and made both of his free
throws for a 63-60 lead. Miles added a pair of foul shots just
before the buzzer to make it 65-60.
"Christian missed those two free throws and then when he got
fouled the next time he said, 'I'm making these,'" Miles said.
"We've got to have people step up and be confident like that."
Antoine Wright, the Aggies' 6-foot-7 junior and the
second-leading scorer in the Big 12 with 18 points per game, had
only one point in the first half but wound up with 14. Freshman
Joseph Jones had 16 for the Aggies.
"They are a great team," A&M forward Chris Walker said. "We
don't believe in moral victories."