Nebraska 55

(17-10, 7-7 Big 12)

Texas A&M 66

(18-7, 8-6 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, February 25, 2006

    Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

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    NEB 21 3455
    TA&M 27 3966

    Top Performers

    Nebraska: J. White 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas A&M: A. Law IV 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Texas A&M 66, Nebraska 55

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie challenged his team to play better defense.

    On Saturday they responded.

    Acie Law scored 19 points and the Aggies held Nebraska without a field goal for the first 10 minutes of the game in a 66-55 win, their fifth straight.

    "That's all coach has been talking about was turning up the defense and not letting teams shoot over 40 percent, 50 percent," said Texas A&M's Joseph Jones. "Right now we've just been priding ourselves on playing good, strong help defense."

    The Aggies are 15-2 at home this season and their five-game Big 12 Conference winning streak is their longest in league history.

    The win gives Texas A&M (18-7, 8-6 Big 12) sole possession of fourth place in the conference and is a boost to its NCAA tournament chances. It also gives the Aggies momentum heading into Wednesday's home matchup with archrival No. 7 Texas.

    Gillispie said he's too worried about finishing conference play strong to be concerned about the NCAA tournament.

    "If we win enough we'll get in there," he said. "We're definitely good enough to be in there. But we'll see if we can get to the point where they will let us in."

    Texas A&M led by as many as 14 in the second half, but let Nebraska (17-10, 7-7) cut the lead to 57-52 late in the game. The Cornhuskers employed a full court press at that point, but the Aggies made two quick baskets to stretch the lead to 61-52.

    Poor shooting dogged Nebraska throughout and game, and the team shot just 31 percent.

    "That's one thing we pride ourselves on is getting stops," Law said. "On offense things aren't always going to go well, but we're always going to play defense."

    Texas A&M led 50-41 when two straight steals by the Aggies, paired with two layups and one free throw by Law, extended the lead to 55-41.

    The Aggies were also able to capitalize on fast break opportunities, outscoring Nebraska 16-2 in that area.

    "Those guys were very, very aggressive out there," said Nebraska coach Barry Collier. "It really took us out of our offense. They are very aggressive defensively and do a good job of overplaying the ball."

    Nebraska got within 33-30 about midway through the second half on a dunk by Aleks Maric. But Jones answered with a big two-handed dunk of his own on the next possession and the Cornhuskers would get no closer.

    Law hit a long jumper and then slid on the court to save the ball on the other end after a bad pass by Nebraska. He collected himself in time to dash to the other end and knock down a long 3-pointer that put Texas A&M ahead 40-31.

    Texas A&M got 13 points from Antanas Kavaliauskas, 12 from Chris Walker, who made three 3-pointers, and Jones added 11.

    Nebraska was led by Jamel White, who had 16 points, and Jason Dourisseau added 14.

    Collier, apparently upset with the lack of fouls called on the Aggies, got a technical with 14:53 left in the first half.

    Jones sunk both free throws for the Aggies but then was quickly called for his second foul after battling with Maric under the basket. Jones sat for most of the rest of the half and had just six points before halftime.

    The Cornhuskers had bigger problems than the officiating early in the game. They did not make a field goal until a shot by White 10 minutes into the first half that made the score 13-5.

    Nebraska never managed to find its offense in the first half, shooting just 17 percent, but was able to keep it close by sinking 11-of-15 free throws. Texas A&M led 27-21 at halftime.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 66
    FG Made-Attempted 16-51 (.314) 24-52 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 7-24 (.292)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-24 (.750) 11-17 (.647)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 14

    2005-06 Season

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