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Walkup and Middleton carry Aggies past Oklahoma

Feb 24, 2011 - 4:36 AM College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Nathan Walkup scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the 21st-ranked Texas A&M Aggies used a strong second half to defeat the Oklahoma Sooners, 61-47.

Khris Middleton added 13 points and five boards for the Aggies (22-5, 9-4 Big 12), who have won five in a row.

Cade Davis finished with 21 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners (12-15, 4-9), who have dropped six straight.

"They're a good ball club. Their size is certainly a problem, especially for us, having to double the post and rotate, leaving shooters out," Davis said. "They have the full package; they have a great coach. Mental mistakes on us, early and in the second half, you can't do that against a good team like A&M."

Oklahoma held a 26-25 edge following a back-and-forth first half.

Texas A&M scored the first 11 points of the second half to go in front. B.J. Holmes and Walkup each made three-pointers during the burst, which Ray Turner capped with a free throw for a 36-26 margin.

Just moments later, Davis recorded a four-point play and Cameron Clark made a layup to get the Sooners within four, 38-34, with over 12 minutes to go.

The Aggies, though, responded with a 13-2 run to put the game out of reach. Kourtney Roberson capped the flurry with a jumper to make it a 51-36 game with over six minutes remaining.

Oklahoma never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

"We came out with more energy. That's one of the biggest things coach was talking about at half," Holmes said. "We looked flat in the first half. In the second half, we were able to get the fast break and get some better shots."

Game Notes

The Sooners still hold a 28-8 lead in the all-time series, but the Aggies have won four straight...Texas A&M shot 47.9 percent from the field, while Oklahoma made 33.3 percent of its shots...Texas A&M recorded its ninth Big 12 victory on Wednesday, assuring the Aggies of a winning league season. It is A&M's third consecutive winning season in Big 12 play.