COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Three-point shooting was the star
of Texas A&M's 91-63 win over Missouri on Saturday night, but Acie
Law played a superb supporting role.
Law scored 11 points, but more important was his career-high 14
"That was about the best 20 minutes Acie has played as a lead
guard," said Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie. "He ran the team
flawlessly. He got everybody shots."
Texas A&M (15-5, 4-5 Big 12) shot 75 percent from 3-point range
in the second half, making 9-of-12 to erase a one-point halftime
deficit and coast to its most lopsided win ever in Big 12 play.
All of the Aggies' second half 3-pointers came in the game's
final 17:20, a span in which Missouri (10-12, 2-7) was outscored
It was a turnaround from the first half when the Aggies made
just 2-of-7 3-point shots.
"Coach told me and Bobby (Leach) to be aggressive so we took it
upon ourselves to drive and give our teammates the opportunity to
knock down shots," Law said. "That's what allowed those
3-pointers to take place."
Antoine Wright and Leach scored 20 points apiece for the Aggies.
Leach's 20 points were a career high for the senior. He made 4-of-5
3-pointers, with three coming in the second half.
"That's probably the best we've played in the Big 12 since I've
been here," said Wright, a junior. "It was one of those nights
that everything went in."
The win is Texas A&M's 15th of the season, which assures the
Aggies their first winning season and best finish since going 19-11
in the 1993-1994.
Joseph Jones added 17 points and had four blocked shots for
The Aggies trailed 43-39 with 17:15 left before going on a 13-0
run fueled by hot 3-point shooting to take a 52-43 lead. In that
span of under three minutes, Texas A&M made three 3-point goals,
including two by freshman Dominique Kirk.
The Aggies hit four more from beyond the arc and Wright made his
second three-point play of the night to put Texas A&M ahead 73-55
with just more than six minutes remaining.
Missouri managed only eight more points the rest of the game,
while Texas A&M piled on 18, six of which were from 3-pointers.
Texas A&M took advantage of 19 Missouri turnovers that led to 24
Missouri led 7-4 early, but Texas A&M outscored the Tigers 11-0
to take a 15-7 lead with 13:27 left in first half.
Missouri made two 3-pointers late in the first half to lead
35-34 at halftime.
"Obviously we felt good going into halftime, but in the second
half Texas A&M played lights out basketball," said Missouri coach
Quin Snyder. "We couldn't find a way to dig in and stop them."
The Tigers have now lost four straight and seven of the last
eight and remain winless on the road. Texas A&M's 91 points is the
most Missouri has allowed all season.
Former Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins was greeted with a warm
ovation on his return to College Station as an assistant with
Missouri. Watkins resigned last season after the Aggies went 7-21
and winless in Big 12 play. His last game as Texas A&M coach came
in a loss to Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.