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Final

Kansas State 51

(11-4, 1-3 Big 12)

Texas A&M 65

(13-3, 2-3 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, January 22, 2005

    Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

    1 2 T
    KSU 30 2151
    TA&M 30 3565

    Top Performers

    Kansas State: J. Massey 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Texas A&M: A. Law IV 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast

    Texas A&M 65, Kansas State 51

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Acie Law began the game by hobbling off the floor on a gimpy ankle and ended it sprawled on the court after running into a brutal pick.

    In between those spills, Law caused Kansas State a lot of pain.

    Law recovered from an early ankle injury to score 17 points and Antoine Wright added 14, leading Texas A&M to a 65-51 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

    "You do what you have to do to get that 'W" Law said. "If you're hurt, you've got to fight through it. I wanted to win ... we needed a Big 12 win."

    Wright started a 14-4 run midway through the second half with a 3-pointer and Law finished it with a jumper from the corner to end a two-game losing streak for the Aggies (13-3, 2-3 Big 12).

    Freshman Joseph Jones had 12 points and eight rebounds and Bobby Leach chipped in with 10 points and six assists to improve A&M's home record to 12-1 this season.

    Jeremiah Massey led Kansas State (11-4, 1-3) with 20 points, and was the only Wildcats player to score in double figures.

    After a week-long layoff following a 20-point upset of Missouri, Kansas State struggled to find its shooting touch. The Wildcats shot just 40 percent, including 23 percent from behind the arc -- terrible for a team that entered ranked third nationally in 3-point shooting at 43.2 percent.

    "They're a lot more scrappy this year," said Massey, noting how much the Aggies have improved from last year's 0-16 team in Big 12 play. "They just outplayed us today. Their whole game plan is to come out and be real physical and push some guys around."

    Meanwhile, the Aggies' aggressive pressure defense, ranked No. 6 nationally in field-goal percentage, carried them for long stretches of the game, particularly when Law came up hobbling after an early collision.

    Law hurt his left ankle two minutes into the game and had to be escorted off the floor by a couple of teammates. He headed for the locker room a few minutes later, limping heavily and grimacing all the way.

    He looked like he might be done for the afternoon.

    But Law returned to the game midway through the first half, without any hint of a limp, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd of 9,692.

    "It loosened up once I started playing a little bit," Law said. "It was still hurt, but it loosened up."

    Wright said, "I was so happy to see him. I caught a second wind like, 'Yes. He's back.' Most of all we just needed him out there to push the ball and help control the tempo."

    During their point guard's absence, the Aggies pulled ahead by holding the Wildcats without a point for more than six minutes.

    Trailing by 10 points late in the first half, Massey led Kansas State on a 10-0 spurt to tie the game at 30-all going into halftime.

    But when Wright and Law finally got it going offensively, the Wildcats couldn't keep up.

    Wright and Law hit back-to-back 3s, and Wright followed with a jumper to increase A&M's lead to 55-40 with just over seven minutes left in the game.

    Law finished off the game-clinching run with a crossover dribble that sent Kansas State's Fred Peete tumbling to the court, drawing oohs from the crowd, and nailed a jumper from the corner that gave A&M its biggest lead of the game, 61-44.

    A few minutes later, Law was sent tumbling to the floor after a particularly nasty screen by Kansas State's hulking forward, Justin Williams. The crowd went silent and A&M coach Billy Gillispie rushed onto the court as Law writhed around in pain.

    Law got up slowly and headed for the bench, ending his afternoon with another standing ovation. His perfomance on Saturday was a complete turnaround from a two-game slump in which he scored a total of eight points, including a scoreless effort in a loss at Texas Tech.

    "Acie got hurt and he's been hurt all week," Gillispie said. "I thought he was awfully tough to get hurt and come back and play like he did. I can't tell you how proud I am of him."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    KSU
    TA&M
    Points 51 65
    FG Made-Attempted 20-50 (.400) 23-50 (.460)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 8-17 (.471)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-12 (.667) 11-16 (.688)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 17

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