February 25, 2009

A&M senior stepping into the spotlight

Texas A&M senior Josh Carter has been blasted by an Aggie fan base expecting more from him during a senior season that has seen its ups, downs and his first scoreless game since 2006 in a loss at Oklahoma State. Recently, however, Carter has played much more like a senior who's collegiate career is coming to a close.

Carter, though, has been feeling that for a number of weeks now as proved by his 16.4 points per game average over the Aggies' last five games heading into Nebraska. But Tuesday night in Lincoln, Carter added something else that hasn't been a part of his game in College Station - being clutch.

With time winding off the clock, Carter received an inbounds pass 25-feet away from the basket at the top of the key and drilled the buzzer-beating winner to give A&M the much needed 59-57 road win. The shot gave Carter 11 points, which against Nebraska's suffocating defense and excruciatingly slow offense is like 20 against anyone else in the Big 12.

"I saw the guy who was guarding me got hung up on the pick, so I knew I'd have time to shoot," Carter said after the game. "It was lucky it went in. It felt like I get hit on the shot and I didn't get to see it. I knew it was good when my teammates were running at me."

The change in Carter's offensive demeanor and aggressive behavior, he also pulled down nine rebounds in Lincoln and seemed at times to be willing them through two or three Huskers, may be just what the Aggies need as they make a late-season and improbably push towards an NCAA tournament bid.

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