BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Acie Law's father drove all the way up
from Dallas -- in an ice and snow storm no less -- and arrived with a
minute left to play in Texas A&M's victory over Colorado.
He thought the Aggies played pretty well in his brief glimpse.
It wasn't until Law's father talked with A&M coach Billy
Gillispie in a hallway that he found out the real story. Although
the Aggies (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) beat Colorado 87-69 on Saturday night for
their eighth straight win, Gillispie wasn't pleased.
"They just whipped us and made us like it," he said. "They
outplayed us, outcoached us, out every-thinged us. We didn't
deserve to win. We got whipped."
Gillispie's biggest complaint was the Aggies' lackadaisical
defense. The Buffaloes became the first team to score more than 65
points against the Aggies, who came in allowing the third-fewest
points per game in the country (52.7).
"We never had a sincere desire to think," Gillispie said. "We
try to play hard, smart and together. I thought we played together
and that was about it."
The lapses on defense aside, the Aggies (15-2, 3-0 Big 12) are
still off to their best start since opening 16-2 in 1959-60. The
last time Texas A&M started 3-0 in league play was 1993-94 when it
was a member of the Southwest Conference.
"You can't continue to play like we're playing and continue to
win," Gillispie said.
No one in the Texas A&M locker room was pleased with anything
about this game. Joseph Jones scored 18 points and grabbed a
career-high 15 rebounds, yet he downplayed his performance.
"We take nothing away from this except a win," Jones said.
"We pride ourselves on defense and we didn't play good defense."
Colorado (4-9, 0-3) was led by Dominique Coleman with 17 points.
He also had a career-best 13 rebounds. Richard Roby scored 11
points, his 10th straight game in double figures. He came in
averaging 25 points in Big 12 play. Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, who
sustained a mild concussion against Oklahoma earlier this week,
finished with 13 points.
"I thought our guys grew up in a lot of ways this afternoon,"
Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said.
After the game, Law hung around the court with his family as the
rest of the Aggies loaded onto the bus. When his cousin, Colorado
freshman guard Dwight Thorne, came out of the locker room, they
started taking pictures. The family took about as many photos as
Texas A&M took shots (57).
"It means a lot that my family would come up here for the
game," Law said. "It shows how close we are as a family. It was
my dad's birthday, too."
At least the Aggies made his long road trip worth it with a win.
Colorado, though, smelled upset. The Buffaloes have beaten a
ranked opponent at home in each of the last four years, but
couldn't close out the Aggies on Saturday night.
The Buffaloes were as close as 57-56 with less than 10 minutes
remaining -- and had several chances to take the lead -- but the
Aggies put Colorado away with a 19-3 run as the Buffaloes went more
than three minutes without a basket.
In the first half, Texas A&M went on a 15-0 run.
"You have to learn how to win ballgames and sometimes when you
have not experienced much success, you don't know how to succeed,"
Patton said. "That's what we're trying to teach our guys -- how to
Gillispie certainly thought Colorado deserved to win Saturday
"They beat us in every facet of the game," he said. "I
couldn't tell you right now how we won."