January 24, 2008

A&M has long road after 5OT setback

Texas A&M and Baylor have played some pretty good games over the years even as the Aggies have passed up the rest of the Big 12 conference, but Wednesday in College Station the Bears announced to the league, and the nation, that they are for real. After a Big 12 record five overtime game, the Bears pulled out the victory, 116-10.

All kinds of Big 12 records were broken on the night, including the highest score by a team (116), the most free throws ever in a game conference game (106), A&M had the most free throw attempts ever (59) and five Baylor players fouled out. In essence, this was one of those games where ESPN was kicking themselves for not picking this one up for television.

"I'll state the obvious - that was one hell of a basketball game. Both teams played really well when one team had 16 turnovers and the other team had only 14. It's just gutty performances. I was really proud of my group," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "I thought we got much better today. We played one heck of a basketball game with some of the best guards I've ever seen. They're deep, and Jerrells is something else. He not only had 36, a lot of that at the line of course, but he did a great job on Josh all night. He did it on both ends."

The problem with all of this, however, is that the bottom line is that A&M lost its third consecutive game and this was at home. The Aggies were pummeled on the road last week, losing to Texas Tech by 15 and then following up by losing to Kansas State by 21. Now, after a home loss to conference undefeated Baylor, the Aggies have an uphill climb to not only become a player once again in the conference but assure themselves of a big in the NCAA tournament.

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