Action Jackson: Buzzer-beater sinks No. 6 Aggies
College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Jarrius Jackson nailed a jumper as
time expired, lifting Texas Tech to a 77-75 upset win over sixth-ranked Texas
A&M in a Big 12 battle at Reed Arena.
Jackson posted a game-high 31 points for the Red Raiders (16-10, 5-6 Big 12),
who halted their five-game losing streak. Martin Zeno added 19 points, five
rebounds and six assists, and Decensae White contributed 10 points for Bobby
Knight’s team, which helped “The General” avoid his first six-game losing
streak since 1971.
Acie Law poured in 23 points and dished out four assists while Antanas
Kavaliauskas scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards before fouling out for
the Aggies (21-4, 9-2), who had their 21-game home winning streak snapped in
dramatic fashion. Joseph Jones netted 18 on 8-of-12 shooting from the field in
a losing cause.
After Law nailed an off-balance three-pointer from the top of the key with six
seconds to play to tie the game at 75, Tech sped the ball down court in
Jackson’s hands, and his leaning buzzer-beater provided the Raiders with a
thrilling two-point victory.
Down by seven at halftime, Texas Tech came alive late in the game, as
White’s long two gave Tech a 67-63 lead with 3:36 to play. Zeno would make two
free throws for a 73-68 advantage with 85 seconds left in regulation, but
Jones’ bucket cut the lead to three at 73-70 on the Aggies’ next trip down the
However, A&M’s Dominique Kirk fouled out with 44.8 seconds to play, and
Jackson hit one-of-two for a four-point margin, then Jones responded by
hitting a put-back with 32 ticks left and it was 74-72.
On the next possession, the Aggies wasted precious seconds without fouling,
then Charlie Burgess made one-of-two from the line for a 75-72 game. Following
a time-out, Law drained a three to set up the dramatic final shot.
The Aggies scored the game’s first six points and opened an 11-2 lead with
Law’s three-ball with five minutes played in the contest, but Texas Tech
responded immediately with a 10-4 to get within 15-12. Throughout the rest of
the first half, the home team gradually asserted itself, taking a 33-23 lead
on Donald Sloan’s dunk with 5:05 to play and led 38-31 at the break.
White’s three-pointer at the 5:09 mark of the second half pulled Tech within
45-40, then Zeno’s spectacular driving left-handed layup midway through made
it a one-point game, 55-54 in favor of Texas A&M.
Both sides traded bucket for bucket thereafter until Jon Plefka sank two from
the line with 6:28 to go for a 61-59 Texas Tech advantage, and they would
never trail for the remainder of the contest.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series 64-52, and defeated the Aggies twice this
season…The Raiders made only one of their first eight shots from the
field, but managed to shoot 50 percent (12-of-24) in the first half and 52
percent (28-of-54) overall…Texas A&M hit 54 percent (28-of-52) from the
floor…The loss also snaps the Aggies’ 10-game win streak against Big 12