Carter, Aggies hold off Longhorns
College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Carter posted 24 points and 10
rebounds, as a pair of Big 12 heavyweights from the Lone Star State collided
in College Station, with the sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies topping the Texas
Acie Law IV notched 21 points and 15 assists for Texas A&M (20-3, 8-1), which
was coming off of Saturday’s thrilling 69-66 victory over Kansas on the road.
The Aggies have won their last four games and are 16-0 at home.
Antanas Kavaliauskas posted 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Donald Sloan
added 11 points. The Aggies shot 33-for-65 (51 percent) from the floor.
Kevin Durant posted 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Longhorns (16-7, 6-3),
who lost their second straight and had a 22-game home win streak snapped in
Saturday’s loss to Kansas State, to set a Texas freshman record with his 14th
double-double, passing Ron Baxter’s 13 in 1976-77.
D.J. Augustin had 23 points and nine assists, while A.J. Abrams netted 14
points. Damion James added 13 points for the Longhorns, who shot 24-for-56 (43
percent) from the field.
Texas A&M raced out to a 21-7 lead early on capped by a Law jumper with 14:37
remaining, however Texas responded with a 9-0 spurt, sparked by a Durant
66 seconds later to cut the margin to five. The Aggies staked a 45-40 halftime
With the score deadlocked at 51, the Aggies went on a 6-0 spurt capped by a
Law jumper with 16:22 to go in the second. Durant responded by scoring the
next seven points himself to notch a one-point lead for the Longhorns with
Texas A&M lost two starters to early foul trouble, as Dominique Kirk and
Joseph Jones both fouled out before the six-minute mark. Nevertheless, the
Aggies went on an 11-2 burst, snapped by a Durant layup with 3:50 left for
a 10-point lead heading down the stretch, and closed the contest on a 13-5
run to preserve the win.
Durant’s 28 points were the most scored by an opponent of the Aggies this
season…This was the first game in which Texas A&M allowed more than 70
points this season…Texas owns a 71-7 record against in-state opponents
since Rick Barnes took over control of the program, but the club was
still an underdog in the contest…Texas owns a 128-82 lead in the all- time
series with Texas A&M, and the Longhorns have won 33 of the last 39 meetings.