Tigers top Texas A&M for 5th straight win
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri held an 11-point lead with 5:39 remaining against No. 21 Texas A&M. Then came the press, which has caused Missouri problems recently.
The Aggies trimmed the lead to one within three minutes, and stole an inbound pass down two with 14 seconds left. Texas A&M's Robert Williams missed a put-back layup and the Tigers escaped 62-58 Tuesday night.
It looked good, I thought it was going in," Missouri's Kassius Robertson said. "Just in case, we all boxed out. It rimmed out, we got a little lucky."
For the first 30 minutes, Missouri (18-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) played solid defense and clean offense. At halftime, the Tigers had committed just two fouls and three turnovers. Robertson led the Tigers with 16 points and Jordan Barnett added 15.
Missouri turned the Aggies over 16 times and committed just nine fouls. The Tigers scored 12 points off Texas A&M turnovers.
"I thought Missouri's defense, their ball pressure and our inability to get the ball inside to Tyler Davis was the big key of the game," Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said.
Texas A&M (17-9, 6-7) came in ranked fourth nationally averaging 41.76 rebounds per game. The Aggies won the rebounding battle 46-30, but Davis picked up his second foul with 11:07 remaining in the first half and played limited minutes after.
Davis' absence allowed Missouri's Jeremiah Tilmon to flourish, scoring a season-high 14 points.
T.J. Starks and Admon Gilder led the Aggies with 14 points each. Robert Williams had nine rebounds for Texas A&M. The Tigers held Texas A&M to just 32 percent from the field in the first half, including 1 of 13 from 3-point range.