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Aggies go on 31-6 run in second half

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Antoine Wright carried the scoring
load for Texas A&M in the first half. Joseph Jones took over from
there.

Wright scored 29 points -- 22 in the first half -- and Jones had
16 in the second half to give Texas A&M a 85-63 win over Texas Tech
Saturday.

"In the second half, we played inside out and were able to make
some shots," said Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie. "Antoine
Wright was fantastic in the first half. But that's what you expect
out of him."

Texas A&M (18-7, 7-7 Big 12) led 52-51 before outscoring Tech
19-2 over the next seven minutes capped by Wright's putback layup
with 6:20 remaining.

The record A&M crowd of 13,136 taunted Tech coach Bobby Knight
throughout the timeout that followed. Knight was so upset that he
spent the timeout jawing with the officials.

"They weren't an easy team to play at home and they certainly
weren't easy here," Knight said. "They got a lead and increased
it and never looked back and gave us a chance to get back into
it."

The victory gives Texas A&M its first-ever three game winning
streak in Big 12 play. It's also Texas A&M's biggest win over the
Red Raiders in more than 20 years and its first over Tech in five
tries.

Texas Tech (17-8, 9-5) led by one at halftime and neither team
got ahead by more than a basket until Chris Walker's 3-pointer with
13:30 left put the Aggies ahead 50-47. A basket by Martin Zeno just
seconds later cut the lead back to one before a bucket by Wright
started the run.

Wright made his seventh 3-pointer of the night during the run,
but the inside play of Jones sparked the Aggies offense during that
stretch.

The 6-foot-9 freshman, who was scoreless in the first half, had
14 points in the game's final 12 minutes and put an exclamation
point on his performance with a two-handed dunk that drew a foul
with 1:53 left.

"We had no inside opportunities in the first half," Gillispie
said. "We made a more conscious effort to get the ball inside in
the second half. It scared me because we shot 13 three-point shots
in the first half and that's basically all the offense we had
going."

In the final seconds of the game, the raucous crowd encouraged
Wright to stay at A&M next season instead of entering the NBA
draft, chanting "one more year."

"This season is not over," Wright said. "When the season is
over, I'll think about that. I'm just playing on a game-to-game
basis."

Texas Tech didn't score a field goal for an eight minute span
late in the second half. The Red Raiders were led by Zeno with 16
points and Jarrius Jackson with 14.

The A&M defense, led by Wright, stifled the Red Raiders' usually
potent offense in the second half. Entering the game, Texas Tech
was averaging a Big 12-best 80.7 points per game.

"They played some real good defense," said Tech forward
Devonne Giles. "We didn't do a good job of cut and screening and
moving people around."

Acie Law added 12 points and had seven assists and Bobby Leach,
in his final home game, added 11 points and also had seven assists.

Wright kept the Aggies in it early, scoring 14 of A&M's first 17
points and hit his sixth 3 of the half to give A&M a 34-32 lead. He
was 7-of-8 from 3-point range and his seven 3s ties a record for
most in a Big 12 game this season.

"The game plan definitely wasn't to take threes," Wright said.
"But I hit a couple of them. Coach did say one of them was a bad
shot, but the rest were good so keep shooting."

Jackson answered with a 3-pointer of his own on the next
possession, backpedaling down the court with his shooting hand
still in the air.

Led by Gillispie, the Aggies have had a basketball renaissance
at a school known more for its football team and numerous
traditions. With the win, he tied F.D. Steger (1912-15) and Shelby
Metcalf (1963-64) for the best start for a first year coach at
Texas A&M.