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February 2, 2008

Jones, Davis key second-half comeback

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Joseph Jones scored 18 points to lead No. 23 Texas A&M to a 60-52 win in a defensive battle with Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Aggies (18-4, 4-3 Big 12) led by one when Donald Sloan got a steal and cut through the lane for a layup that made it 54-51 with just less than 2 minutes remaining. Two free throws by Sloan about a minute earlier had given the Aggies the lead.

It was the third straight win for Texas A&M and breaks a three game winning streak for Oklahoma (15-6, 3-3).

Longar Longar made the first of two free throws after Sloan's layup to cut the lead to 54-52, but his second one fell short.

A scary moment came with less than a minute to go when Jones and Blake Griffin collided mid-air trying to catch an inbound pass. Both crashed to the court, but got up quickly and appeared to be unhurt.

Jones made the first of his free throws from that foul to stretch A&M's lead to 55-52 with 56 seconds left. He got the rebound on his missed shot and Bryan Davis finished with a 3-point play that brought the crowd to its feet and made it 58-52, putting the game out of reach.


Longar fouled out on the play.

Texas A&M didn't make a basket for more than six minutes in the second half. Good free throw shooting and the fact that Oklahoma made just three shots during that span allowed the Aggies to keep it close. The scoring drought ended with a 3-pointer by Dominique Kirk that made it 50-49 with 3:36 left.

A&M shot 35 percent for the game.

David Godbold led the Sooners with a career-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers.

The Aggies led by four points before Godbold keyed a 9-2 run that put Oklahoma ahead 42-39 midway through the second half. Texas A&M quickly tied it back up with a layup by Josh Carter and a free throw by DeAndre Jordan.

The Sooners regained the lead in grand fashion when Griffin sailed through the lane and finished with the one-handed dunk that left the Aggies defense momentarily stunned and made it 44-42.

The Sooners were in foul trouble for most of this one with Longar getting his fourth early in the second half and Taylor Griffin fouling out with about 8 1/2 minutes left.

The Aggies went on a 10-2 run, capped by a 3-point play by Davis, to overcome a six-point halftime deficit and take a 33-31 lead with about 16:30 left. Longar got his fourth foul on that play, sending the 6-foot-11 senior to the bench.

He wouldn't return until the final three minutes.

The Sooners tied it before Texas A&M scored four quick points to take a 37-33 lead with about 15 minutes to play.

The Aggies scored the first four points of the game and led until a jump shot by Godbold made it 12-11 with about eight minutes left in the first half. A free throw by Kirk tied it at 17 about three minutes later, but Oklahoma outscored the Aggies 12-6 in the last five minutes of the half to take a 29-23 lead.

Davis finished with 13 points and eight rebounds and Sloan had 10 points.

Coaches and staff from both teams wore tennis shoes instead of dress shoes as a show of support for the fight against cancer as part of the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer national awareness weekend.


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