Aggies top Colorado in OTFeb 10, 2011 - 6:22 AM Boulder, CO (Sports Network) - Nathan Walkup scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as No. 22 Texas A&M survived for a 73-70 overtime win over Colorado.
David Loubeau had 14 points and nine boards for the Aggies (18-5, 5-4 Big 12), who stopped a three-game losing streak. B.J. Holmes and Khris Middleton scored 13 and 11, respectively, in the win with Holmes hitting a three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation.
"It was great," said Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "We haven't played well the last three in a row. I think we beat a really good basketball team on their home floor. We had to overcome a lot."
Alec Burks notched 24 points for the Buffaloes (15-10, 4-6), who have lost two straight and six of their last seven overall. Cory Higgins added 19 points in the losing effort.
Colorado carried a 28-26 lead into halftime and was ahead through the first 12 minutes of the second half, but never by more than six points. That allowed the Aggies to finally take a 48-47 lead on Walkup's baseline drive with around 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
But technical fouls on Texas A&M's Kourtney Roberson and Middleton created a seven-point swing in one touch. Burks and Higgins both hit two free throws and on the same possession, Higgins nailed a trey for a momentum-changing 54-48 lead.
Later, the Aggies scored three straight points for a one-point game with two minutes remaining. Neither teams scored until Burks hit two free throws with 10.6 seconds remaining.
But on the final possession of regulation, Holmes squared up to hit a long three-pointer to knot the game at 60 with two ticks left.
Texas A&M took over in the extra period and scored the first six points -- all on close-range shots from Loubeau, Holmes and Walkup.
Colorado didn't get a field goal until Burks' acrobatic layin made it 68-64 with 1:25 left, but Loubeau responded with a hook shot on the other end of the court.
Austin Dufault hit a trey for a 70-67 game with 36 seconds remaining and, following a 2-of-4 foul shot performance from Dash Harris on the next two possessions, the Aggies were in front by five.
The Buffaloes, however, would not go away as Marcus Relphorde hit a trey with 10 ticks to go for a 72-70 contest. But they were unable to score the game- tying basket the rest of the way.
"I thought they executed better than we did in overtime," said Colorado head coach Tad Boyle. "They were 4-for-5 from the field, they came out and executed, David Loubeau made some big time post moves-he's a big time player. That was a top 25 team we lost to."
Down 7-5 in the early minutes of the first half, the Buffaloes used a seven- point burst to go up 12-7 and held onto the lead the rest of the first half on the way to their two-point edge at the break.
The series is tied a nine wins apiece, however the Aggies have won eight straight against the Buffaloes...Colorado made an impressive 93.8 percent (15- of-16) of its free throws...Texas A&M won the rebound battle, 40-29...The Buffaloes shot just 38.7 percent from the field, while the Aggies hit 47.4 percent of their shots.
- TEXAS A&M: 73
Final - OT
Feb 9 11:18 PM
- TEXAS A&M: 60
End of Regulation
Feb 9 11:00 PM
- TEXAS A&M: 26
Feb 9 9:47 PM
- TEXAS A&M: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Feb 9 9:07 PM
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