Kansas 83

(12-6, 3-2 Big 12)

Texas A&M 73

(12-5, 2-4 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, January 25, 2006

    Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

    1 2 T
    KU 31 5283
    TA&M 33 4073

    Top Performers

    Kansas: B. Rush 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas A&M: J. Carter 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kansas 83, Texas A&M 73

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Poor free throw shooting foiled Kansas in both of its Big 12 Conference losses, but on Wednesday solid work from the line helped the Jayhawks get a 83-73 win over Texas A&M.

    Russell Robinson had a career-high 24 points, and made 12-of-13 free throws, to help Kansas improve to 11-0 all-time against the Aggies.

    "We focused on that just because it haunted us in a couple of losses early in the season," said Robinson. "Free throws have been a big emphasis in practice."

    Kansas lost to Missouri and Kansas State this season after missing key free throws late.

    This time, the Jayhawks shot 75 percent from the line and made 27-of-36 in the second half and 33-of-44 overall. Their free throws made and attempted are the most in Big 12 play this season.

    It helped them maintain a lead that they captured with a big run to open the second half.

    The Jayhawks scored 16 unanswered points, thanks to eight points from Robinson and sloppy play by the Aggies. Kansas (12-6, 3-2 Big 12) erased a two-point halftime deficit and had built a 47-33 lead before Texas A&M finally scored five minutes into the half.

    Texas A&M's offense in that span featured blocked shots, misses from right under the basket and a slew of turnovers.

    The Aggies got hot from 3-point range, hitting two straight and got within 54-50, but Kansas scored eight straight points and put the game out of reach.

    "They just whipped us in every phase of the game," said Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie. "We made so many mental mistakes that it is embarrassing to me as a coach."

    Robinson, a sophomore, eclipsed his previous high of 13 points. Freshman Brandon Rush added 22 points and Mario Chalmers had 15.

    "He (Robinson) and Mario together have been pretty effective for us," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "He's getting to the free throw line and doing well when he gets there."

    Acie Law led Texas A&M with 17 points and Joseph Jones added 15. Despite leading the team in scoring, Jones and Law shot poorly, combining to make just 8 of 22 shots.

    Texas A&M (12-5, 2-4) led by as many as seven points in the first half, despite getting just three from Jones. They led 33-31 at halftime. Darnell Jackson kept Kansas in it early, and had 11 first-half points, including two rim-rocking dunks.

    The Aggies shot 48 percent in the first half but struggled after halftime, making just 9-of-29 shots for 31 percent.

    Gillispie was impressed with the Jayhawks' play.

    "They executed, played with discipline," Gillispie said. "They played hard. They got to the basket. They did what they were coached to do."

    The contest was a reunion for Self and Gillispie. Gillispie worked with Self as an assistant at Tulsa from 1997-2000 and then accompanied him to Illinois.

    The Jayhawks are the only Big 12 opponent that Texas A&M has not beaten since league play began.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 73
    FG Made-Attempted 23-42 (.548) 22-56 (.393)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-9 (.444) 10-25 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 33-44 (.750) 19-26 (.731)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 31 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 7

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