Missouri downs Texas A&M
English scores 21 points in victory
Saturday, February 18, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Kim English scored 21 points and Marcus Denmon had a key 3-pointer late Saturday to lift No. 3 Missouri to its seventh straight win, 71-62 over Texas A&M.
It was Missouri’s 12th Big 12 win which ties a school record for most in a season.
Texas A&M cut the lead to five points on a 3-pointer by Elston Turner with 1:22 remaining. A turnover by Phil Pressey on the next play gave A&M the ball back.
David Loubeau had a chance to get A&M within three points, but he was called for an offensive foul when he knocked Steve Moore to the ground going up for the shot. Denmon’s 3 on the other end pushed the lead to 68-60 with 35 seconds left and his two free throws seconds later sealed the win for Missouri (25-2, 12-2).
Khris Middleton, in his third game back after missing five straight with a knee injury, had 15 points to lead A&M (13-13, 4-10).
Missouri’s victory breaks a five-game losing streak for the Tigers in College Station, a place where they hadn’t won since 2001. The Tigers had lost eight straight overall to A&M before sweeping the series this season.
Michael Dixon added 15 points for Missouri and Denmon had 14. The Aggies slowed Ricardo Ratliffe, who entered the game averaging 14 points, but had just four Saturday.
The Aggies, who have lost five of their last six games, were playing without injured point guard Dash Harris for the seventh straight game.
The Tigers led by 13 points with 7 1/2 minutes left before a 12-7 run by A&M cut it to 63-55 with less than 4 minutes remaining. Missouri hit two free throws before A&M started its last run.
Texas A&M used a 6-0 spurt early in the second half to whittle Missouri’s lead to 34-32 with about 16 minutes remaining. Missouri’s offense went cold in that span and the Tigers went almost 3 minutes without scoring.
A 3-pointer by Denmon got them going again and extended the lead to 37-32. That was the start of a 12-4 run which made it 46-36 with 12 1/2 minutes remaining. Denmon had a second 3 later in the run.
Missouri’s Matt Pressey appeared to injure his left ankle with about 12 1/2 minutes remaining. He went to the bench and then hobbled to the locker room after talking with a trainer. He returned to the bench with about 9 1/2 minutes left, but didn’t re-enter the game.
Jordan Green finished with a season-high 14 points for A&M.
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