Texas A&M 75

(20-7, 10-6 Big 12)

Texas Tech 59

(14-16, 6-10 Big 12)

    1:30 PM ET, March 4, 2006

    United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

    1 2 T
    TA&M 41 3475
    TTU 27 3259

    Top Performers

    Texas A&M: M. Pompey 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Texas Tech: J. Jackson 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

    Texas A&M 75, Texas Tech 59

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M's hopes for a strong conference finish didn't look so good after losing three of its first four Big 12 games.

    But with a 75-59 win over Texas Tech on Saturday, the Aggies wrapped up the regular season with seven straight wins and will be the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament that begins Thursday in Dallas.

    "For us to be able to string seven in a row together when things didn't look so good says a lot about the kind of people we have," Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie said. "I've never seen a team tougher."

    Marion Pompey scored a career-high 17 points to lead Texas A&M, which was coming off a 46-43 win over No. 6 Texas on Wednesday.

    A&M led by double digits throughout the second half, building a 23-point margin after Pompey hit three straight baskets and a free throw in less than a minute with 7:22 remaining. The Aggies (20-7, 10-6 Big 12) were aided by poor shooting by the Red Raiders, who hit on only 11-of-26 in the second half.

    Jarrius Jackson scored 22 points and Martin Zeno added 12 for Texas Tech (14-16, 6-10).

    It was Tech's fourth straight loss, a first since Bob Knight arrived in 2001. The Red Raiders' regular season finish is the first time Knight has fallen below .500 since 1970-71, his final year at Army when the Cadets went 11-13.

    In Knight's first four seasons, Tech won at least 20 games.

    Asked if the year had taken a toll on him, Knight said it's never easy.

    "Every season wears on me," Knight said. "When we went undefeated once, it wore on me."

    Tech got only three field goals in final 8 minutes, two of those coming in the final 60 seconds.

    "We just got beaten today by a better team," Knight said. "We've been a team that's really struggled all year and the struggles haven't stopped."

    Pompey was 8-of-10 from the field and sank his one free throw attempt.

    "He's a better player than people want to give him credit for," Gillispie said. "That's what really good players do this time of year is find different ways to get it done. He really helped ease the burden on Joe and Acie."

    The Aggies finished with five players in double figures. Joseph Jones and Acie Law scored 14 each and Dominique Kirk and Antanas Kavaliauskas got 11 each.

    The emotional drain of beating the Longhorns earlier in the week didn't seem to bother the Aggies.

    "As good as it was on Wednesday, they're a very, very hungry team every time out," Gillispie said.

    The Aggies led for most of the first half until the Red Raiders used a 9-2 run that included a 3-pointer by Tanner Ogden and a dunk by Darryl Dora off an assist from Jackson to go up 23-22 with 6:05 remaining.

    But Tech sputtered from there, scoring only one more field goal as the Aggies closed out the half on a 19-4 run to lead 41-27. The spurt included back-to-back 3-pointers by Josh Carter and five points from Kirk.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 59
    FG Made-Attempted 27-54 (.500) 21-56 (.375)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 5-14 (.357)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-19 (.789) 12-18 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 23 3

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