Missouri vs Texas A&M

English, No. 3 Missouri top Texas A&M


COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Expected to contend for the Big 12 title this season, injuries and inconsistent play have instead sunk Texas A&M to among the league's worst teams.

Kim English scored 21 points and Marcus Denmon had a key 3-pointer late to lift No. 3 Missouri to its seventh straight win, 71-62 over Texas A&M on Saturday.

"This year has been tough on everybody, but this team is going to keep on fighting," Texas A&M's Khris Middleton said. "We got down and we fought back."

Missouri tied a school record with its 12th Big 12 win.

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.

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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.

"Steve is really good at moving his feet and getting in position to make those plays," Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy didn't seem to see it the same way.

"I didn't know David could knock down a 6-9, 300-pound guy to be honest with you," Kennedy said. "We've got to get those kind of breaks against a very good Missouri team."

Marcus 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).

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.

Middleton said the team has maintained a positive attitude because the players hope they can turn things around.

"We're all used to winning," he said. "None of us had losing seasons before. No one likes losing. We're all winners."

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.

"They're very difficult to guard," Kennedy said. "You take Ratliffe away and English hurts you. They've got so many weapons."

The Aggies, who have lost five of their last six games, were playing without injured point guard Dash Harris for the seventh straight game.

"They've got to get all their parts back," Haith said of the Aggies. "Right now they don't have Dash back and I think that hurts this team a great deal."

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.

Kennedy liked that his team kept this one close throughout.

"Our guys have done a really good job of staying in games and not breaking," he said. "I like our toughness."

Missouri's Matt Pressey tweaked 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.

Haith said he was OK, but that he had struggled with that ankle throughout the year.

Jordan Green finished with a season-high 14 points for A&M.

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Missouri's Kim English (left) battles with Texas A&M's Khris Middleton. English scores 21 points in the Tigers' 71-62 win. (AP)
Missouri's Kim English (left) battles with Texas A&M's Khris Middleton. English scores 21 points in the Tigers' 71-62 win. (AP)
Missouri #3 (25-2) «314071
Texas A&M (13-13)243862
MO:K. English 21 Pts
MO:M. Denmon 6 Reb
MO:P. Pressey 7 Ast
TXAM:K. Middleton 15 Pts
TXAM:D. Loubeau 4 Reb
TXAM:E. Turner 4 Ast

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MissouriTexas A&M
Kim English
Khris Middleton
Missouri Tigers
M. Denmon, G374-103-461014
K. English, G376-106-861321
P. Pressey, G364-54-417313
M. Pressey, G251-20-01112
R. Ratliffe, F232-50-06024
M. Dixon, G225-84-406215
S. Moore, C201-10-02012
J. Sutton, GDid Not Play
A. Rosburg, FDid Not Play
A. Jones, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-4117-2022161271
Texas A&M Aggies
E. Turner, G382-102-23417
K. Middleton, F325-114-442115
Z. Kinsley, G-F312-50-00055
J. Green, G296-81-202214
D. Loubeau, F233-31-14157
N. Hibbert, G192-50-01405
K. Davis, C151-10-01132
R. Turner, F133-61-12147
D. Harris, GDid Not Play
D. Alexander, FDid Not Play
K. Roberson, FDid Not Play
A. Baird, GDid Not Play
J. Jahns, FDid Not Play
B. McDonald, GDid Not Play
G. Jolly, FDid Not Play
Totals 24-499-1015152162
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia5-316-421
Kansas St.5-315-553
Texas Tech4-315-422
Oklahoma St.3-413-692
Iowa St.2-611-889
Other games
Louisville 90 Final
DEP 82
MU 79 Final
UConn 64
Wich St 91 Final
UNLV 45 Final
N Mexico 65
Florida St 76 Final
MD 44 Final
Virginia 71
K-State 57 Final
Baylor 56
SDSU 56 Final
AF 58
Ole Miss 62 Final
Kentucky 77
CLEM 52 Final
NC 74
Florida 98 Final
Arkansas 68
STMA 51 Final
GTOWN 63 Final
GONZ 65 Final
San Fran 66
TXTCH 50 Final
Kansas 83
Ohio St 51 Final
Michigan 56
ND 74 Final