Aggies Fall to Horns in Austin

Aggies Fall to Horns in Austin

The Texas Aggie basketball team continued its offensive struggles in Austin as the Longhorns squeezed out an ugly 61-51 victory in the last scheduled meeting between the two schools in the capitol city.

Texas A&M junior Khris Middleton had game highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but a late Texas run lifted the Longhorns to a 61-51 victory Wednesday night in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown before 13,917 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.

The double-double, the first of Middleton's career, kept the Aggies (9-6, 0-3 Big 12) in a tight battle for most of the night, but a 9-3 run by Texas (12-4, 2-1) over a three-minute span late in the second half proved to be the difference.

With A&M holding a 1-point lead with 12 minutes to go, the Longhorns went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 8, fueled by a put-back dunk by Alexis Wangmene and a steal and lay-up by Sterling Gibbs. The Aggies answered though, as Middleton drained a jumper and Elston Turner hit a three from the top of the key to make the score 43-40 Texas with 7:57 left.

Middleton answered a Clint Chapman bucket with a pair of free throws, pulling A&M to with three at 45-42 with 7:20 to play. The Longhorns, however, scored nine of the next 12 points to go up by nine-the last three coming on a 3-pointer by Julien Lewis deep in the corner to put UT up 54-45 with 3:34 to go. J'Covan Brown would hit his final six free throws of the night to put the game out of reach.

The teams were in a defensive battle for most of the entire first half before the shots started falling. The Longhorns led by one, 12-11, with just under 8 minutes to go, before extending the lead to eight behind the shooting of Jaylen Bond and Sheldon McClellan.

Trailing 23-15 with under 3 to play, Middleton got hot-draining a three and back-to-back buckets-to pull A&M to within three at 25-22. After Texas hit the back end free throw of a two-shot foul and looked to extend the lead before the break, Aggie freshman Jordan Green picked Sterling Green at mid-court and went all the way in for a dunk with 13 seconds left. The steal and slam pulled A&M to within two, 26-24, at the break.

Elston Turner scored 13 and David Loubeau added 10 for A&M. Lewis scored a team-high 16 for the Longhorns, while Brown added 14-10 from the line-and Chapman poured in 11.

Texas A&M returns to action on Saturday when the Aggies host Texas Tech at Reed Arena. Tipoff is set for 12:45 p.m. and the game will air on Big 12 Network. Recommended Stories

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