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Jackson lifts No. 6 Baylor over Texas A&M

Feb 2, 2012 - 6:36 AM College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Pierre Jackson's three-pointer with 16.3 seconds left gave Baylor the lead for good, and the sixth-ranked Bears held on for a 63-60 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday.

Perry Jones III scored 15 points to lead Baylor (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) and Jackson had 14. The Bears won their third straight game to extend the best start to a season in program history.

David Loubeau led Texas A&M (12-9, 3-6) with 16 points while Ray Turner scored 13 with 11 rebounds.

It was the last time the teams will meet in the regular season as Big 12 rivals because Texas A&M is moving to the Southeastern Conference next season.

"I thought it was another classic A&M-Baylor rivalry game, I was glad the nation got a chance to see how good our games have been in the past," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said.

The Aggies took their first lead in more than 17 minutes on Turner's layup with 11:49 remaining, which made it 44-42 and capped a 19-4 run.

Several minutes after that, and with Texas A&M holding a 49-44 lead, the teams came together in a minor scuffle at halfcourt after Jackson jumped on a loose ball and called timeout for Baylor.

Players left their benches, but no fouls were called because of the timeout.

Later, Daniel Alexander knocked down a three-pointer that tied the game for Texas A&M at 58-58 with 2:13 remaining. On the Aggies' next trip down the court, Loubeau worked on Quincy Acy in the lane and scored on a right-handed hook shot to make it 60-58.

But Jackson buried a straightaway three-pointer at the other end to make it 61-60 and there was some confusion on Texas A&M's next possession.

The Aggies inbounded the ball to Elston Turner in the right corner and he spun around for a hasty three-pointer despite 9.3 seconds showing on the clock. He missed off the back of the rim and Jackson knocked down a pair of free throws at the other end for the final score.

"It [was] not what we were looking for," Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said of Turner's shot. "We tried to get him isolated at the top."

Gary Franklin's three-pointer in the final minute gave Baylor a 36-25 lead at the break. It was the largest lead of the first half.

Game Notes

Both teams shot around 39 percent...Texas A&M holds a 127-78 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1914-15 season, but Baylor has won five straight meetings including a 61-52 victory on January 2.