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January 13, 2007
A&M pulls away late over Colorado, 87-69
Joseph Jones scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds as No. 8 Texas A&M beat Colorado 87-69 on Saturday night for its eighth straight victory.BOULDER, Colo. (AP) --
The Aggies (15-2, 3-0 Big 12) are 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.
Acie Law, in foul trouble most of the game, had 21 points for the Aggies. Josh Carter scored 19 -- including five 3-pointers -- before fouling out late. Antanas Kavaliauskas finished with 15 points.
Colorado was led by Dominique Coleman with 17 points. He also had a career-best 13 rebounds.
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).
Colorado (4-9, 0-3) has beaten a ranked opponent at home in each of the last four years, but it couldn't upset the Aggies. The Buffaloes were as close as 57-56 with less than 10 minutes remaining -- and had several chances to take the lead -- but couldn't capitalize.
The Aggies put Colorado away with a 19-3 run as the Buffaloes went more than three minutes without a basket.
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 finished with 13 points and Xavier Silas added 11.
Aggies coach Billy Gillispie is now 4-0 against the Buffaloes.
Colorado is off to an 0-3 conference start for the first time since 2004-05 when the Buffaloes dropped four straight.
After a 3-pointer by Colorado guard Dwight Thorne, the Buffaloes had a seven-point lead with 7:54 remaining in the first half.
The Aggies broke out of their funk, though, going on a 15-0 run to take a 33-25 lead at the 4:49 mark. Jones scored 11 of his 12 first-half points in the run.
Colorado fell behind by as many as 12 late in the first half but cut the deficit to 42-36 at halftime.
Law played limited minutes in the first half due to two quick fouls.
Thorne and Law are cousins and both are from Texas.