Texas A&M 56

(12-2, 1-2 Big 12)

Texas Tech 70

(10-4, 2-1 Big 12)

    7:00 PM ET, January 15, 2005

    United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

    1 2 T
    TAM 21 3556
    TTU 29 4170

    Top Performers

    Texas A&M: A. Wright 18 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas Tech: R. Ross 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Texas Tech 70, Texas A&M 56

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Even though they won the game, Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said he would have made other plans if he had known two of his Red Raiders would shoot so badly.

    "I would have gone hunting," Knight said after Devonne Giles shot 1-of-5 and Curtis Marshall missed on all six of his attempts in Texas Tech's 70-56 win over Texas A&M.

    "We can't live with that," he said. "But yet to be able to win against a good team with them going 1-for-11 really says something about some other phases of our game."

    Ronald Ross scored 27 points for Tech (10-4, 2-1 Big 12). The Red Raiders never trailed and were aided by a cold-shooting Aggie team.

    Texas A&M (12-2, 1-2) made just 22 percent from the field in the first half and didn't climb into double digits until nearly 14 minutes into the game.

    Aggie coach Billy Gillispie said Tech put on a clinic for his players.

    "They taught us how the game is supposed to be played," he said. "If you're a purist basketball fan, what they did to us ... it was poetry. It was beautiful. Unfortunately, I was coaching the other team."

    Knight responded: "We aren't reading the same poets."

    The Aggies came into the game second in the conference in field goal percentage at 50 percent. Against Tech, they shot just 40 percent on 21-of-53 from the field for the game.

    They were no better when it came to 3-pointers. The Aggies hit on only 2-of-13, well below their 40 percent season average.

    Despite the poor shooting, the Aggies crept back in the second half and pulled within 46-41 on a pull-up jumper in the lane by Dominique Kirk with 9:52 remaining in the game.

    Knight said the Aggies showed their grit when Tech could have put the game out of reach.

    "We had the game in a position to just take total control in the first 10 minutes of the game, and they never let that happen," he said. "The bad news is our lead got cut to five, but the good thing is we took it back to 15 or 16, and now if you don't drop dead you're going to win."

    With its lead cut to five, Tech countered with a 14-4 run, including six points by Darryl Dora to go up 60-45 with 5:19 to go. The Aggies got no closer.

    Knight said Dora needs to see himself as more than a 3-point shooter and a player who feeds to his teammates.

    "We're trying to get him to be more aggressive," Knight said. "We've been trying to get things out of Dora all year, and he was a real contributing factor tonight."

    The Red Raiders' largest lead came with about 45 seconds remaining when they led 70-54.

    Ross made 11-of-15 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Martin Zeno added 18 points for Texas Tech, and Dora had a season-high 11.

    Antoine Wright scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds for Texas A&M, while Joseph Jones added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

    "I don't know what it was with us," Wright said. "We just didn't come in mentally prepared."

    The Red Raiders failed to convert on any of the Aggies' seven first-half turnovers, but they still took a 31-21 lead into halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 70
    FG Made-Attempted 21-53 (.396) 24-51 (.471)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-13 (.154) 3-10 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 19-25 (.760)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 16

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