COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Dominque Kirk hit a jumper with
eight seconds left and Martellus Bennett added two free throws with
a second left to give Texas A&M a 61-58 victory over Colorado (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; unranked AP)
Acie Law IV scored 19 points, including nine in a 15-5 run that
tied the game at 45-45 with 7:16 left. Law hit two jumpers, a
3-pointer and two free throws during the run. Josh Carter and Chris
Walker also hit 3-pointers in that stretch.
The Aggies (14-7, 4-6 Big 12) pulled out to a seven-point lead
on a 3-pointer by Walker with 3:45 left, but Colorado (15-5, 5-4)
tied the game twice more down the stretch and went ahead by one at
58-57 on a free throw by Marcus Hall with 49 seconds left.
The Aggies got the ball on a turnover and Kirk hit the go-ahead
jumper. Richard Roby, who finished with 22 points for Colorado, was
fouled as he went to the basket with 1.6 seconds left. The foul was
called on the floor, and Roby was awarded a one-and-one instead of
a two-shot foul. He missed the front end of the one-and-one.
"I cannot say all that I feel, but you guys saw the game,"
Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said after the game. "Strange things
happened tonight, in my mind.
"Richard Roby played well tonight. When you feel that an
injustice has happened it affects your next decisions and actions.
He was frustrated and carried that to the line in the end."
Bennett finished the game with two free throws for the final
Walker finished with 11 points.
Texas A&M held Colorado to a season-low 58 points.
The Aggies scored 31 points off the Buffs' season-high 24
Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie said Texas A&M had trouble
getting away from Colorado.
"They hit too many threes, they were penetrating and pitching,
we couldn't get away from them," he said. "Our guys are tough
mentally and physically. I have never seen them tougher physically