Saturday , Feb , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Law powers eighth-ranked Aggies over Baylor

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Acie Law poured in 31 points to lead
No. 8 Texas A&M to a high-scoring 97-87 victory over the Baylor Bears at
Reed Arena.

Joseph Jones added 22 points and six rebounds, Dominique Kirk totaled 17
points and Josh Carter, the best three-point percentage shooter in the
country, scored 14 points including 4-of-4 from long distance.

Antanas Kavaliauskas donated 11 points for Texas A&M (24-4, 12-2 Big 12),
which drained 35-of-44 from the charity stripe.

Curtis Jerrells led Baylor (13-4, 3-11) with 27 points, Henry Dugat added 22
points and Aaron Bruce compiled 15 points. Kevin Rogers scored 12 points in
defeat.

Baylor came out of halftime swinging, pulling within 44-42 on a three-
point play by Rogers with 16:17 on the clock.

However, the Aggies started passing the ball much better and attacking the
rim, leading to a 16-6 stretch to open a 12-point lead. Kirk was at the
center of the action, scoring 12 of the club’s 16 points during the run. His
second of two three-pointers followed by Kavaliauskas’ layup with 12:39
remaining built a 60-48 edge.

The Bears didn’t go away, pulling within 69-63 with 8:38 left after Dugat
sliced through the line and finished an acrobatic lay-in while being fouled on
the front end of a three-point play. Rogers then stroked a baseline jumper to
cut the deficit to four points.

However, the Bears got no closer. Despite a slew of fouls, a technical on
Aggies head coach Billy Gillespie, and a lead that never reached a comfortable
level, Texas A&M kept Baylor at bay.

Rogers’ dunk cut the deficit to 77-70 with 5:17 left then a pair of free
throws by Dugat kept Baylor within striking distance at 80-72 with 4:26 on the
clock.

It never got over the hump, as Jones’ layup made the score 97-77 with only
2:51 to play.

Baylor never led in the opening 20 minutes, but kept it close throughout,
trailing just 37-31.

Game Notes

The Bears have yet to win a true road game (0-8)…Texas A&M leads the all-
time series, 124-71, winning its sixth straight…The Aggies improved to 17-1
in College Station this season…Baylor lost despite shooting 48 percent from
the floor against the NCAA’s best field-goal percentage defense…The Aggies
shot 56 percent from the floor, and drained 8-of-15 from beyond the arc.

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