Streaking Aggies edge Mizzou in OTJan 15, 2011 - 11:22 PM College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Khris Middleton scored 11 of his game- high 28 points in overtime, and No. 14 Texas A&M stretched its winning streak to 13 games by topping No. 15 Missouri, 91-89, at Reed Arena.
Middleton shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line, including three in the final 16 seconds, for the Aggies (16-1, 3-0 Big 12), who have not lost to Missouri since the 2004 Big 12 Tournament.
"That was one of the best college basketball games I've been apart of," Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said. "You could tell [Missouri] was determined."
Nathan Walkup added 16 points and six rebounds, while David Loubeau and B.J. Holmes added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the victors.
"In the end we had great toughness," Turgeon continued. "It was a good win for us."
Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon both finished with 19 points for Missouri (15-3, 1-2), which has lost two of three. Ratliffe added a game-high nine rebounds, while Phil Pressey shot 4-of-4 from beyond the arc to finish with 16 points in the loss.
With the game tied at 77 after regulation, the teams opened up the extra period trading baskets. Denmon gave the Tigers a 87-85 lead on a long three- pointer with 1:35 remaining.
After Holmes connected on 1-of-2 from the line, Middleton stripped Denmon in the lane and took the ball the distance of the court, connecting on a driving layup to give the Aggies a 88-87 lead with 34 seconds remaining.
The Tigers were again stripped on their next possession, as Holmes took the ball away from Pressey in the lane, and a streaking Middleton was sent to the line after being fouled by Kim English under the basket, Middleton made both with 16.4 seconds remaining to give the Aggies a 90-87 lead.
After Missouri committed their third turnover in as many possessions, Middleton connected on 1-of-2 from the line with 5.8 seconds remaining to put the game away for good.
Laurence Bowers' bucket in the final second for Missouri accounted for the final margin.
"We had a chance to steal one on the road but it just didn't go our way," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "We had an opportunity to finish the game but we committed mental errors."
Dash Harris converted a three-point conversion with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to cut the Aggies' lead to 76-75.
After Bowers made 1-of-2 from the line, Middleton, who is shooting 80 percent from the charity stripe this season, connected on a pair with 10.9 seconds to go.
Pressey attempted a driving layup in the waning seconds, but the shot was off target to send the game into overtime.
The Tigers started the game on a 11-2 run, capped by a fastbreak three- pointer by Denmon at 16:44. However, the Aggies clawed their way back, cutting their deficit to 19-18 on two Walkup free throws at the nine minute mark.
English knocked down a jumper on the next possession to start a 10-2 Missouri run that widened its margin to 29-20 with 5:09 left in the half. Texas A&M ended the first half on a 20-4 run en route to a 40-33 lead heading into the locker room.
Middleton led Texas A&M with 15 points and six rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
Missouri holds a 11-9 advantage in the all-time series...English finished with 10 points in the loss...Ray Turner added 10 points and five rebounds for the victors...Texas A&M is now 11-0 at home this season...The Aggies made 11-of-12 from the foul line in the second half.
- MISSOURI: 89
TEXAS A&M: 91
Final - OT
Jan 15 3:31 PM
- MISSOURI: 77
TEXAS A&M: 77
End of Regulation
Jan 15 3:11 PM
- MISSOURI: 33
TEXAS A&M: 40
Jan 15 1:56 PM
- MISSOURI: 0
TEXAS A&M: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Jan 15 1:06 PM
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