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February 9, 2008

A&M takes decision at Missouri, 77-69

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Donald Sloan scored a career-high 21 points, and No. 18 Texas A&M took control with a 15-point run to open the second half of a 77-69 victory over Missouri on Saturday.

Bryan Davis had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Carter added 14 points for the Aggies (20-4, 6-3 Big 12), who had a dominating 42-25 rebounding advantage and shot 56 percent in the second half to win their fifth straight game. Texas A&M won for only the second time in seven tries at Missouri, capitalizing on a program still struggling in the wake of the disciplinary suspensions of five players late last month.

Stefhon Hannah, the team's leading scorer and the central figure in a nightclub altercation, was arrested for third-degree misdemeanor assault on Friday, his first trip to the campus since his jaw was broken. He was not on the bench as Missouri (13-11, 3-6) lost for the third time in four games since the incident.

A second guard, Jason Horton, was arrested earlier on the same charge.

Leo Lyons, who served a one-game suspension, had a career-best 24 points off the bench for Missouri. Lyons scored 16 of his points in the last six minutes, helping the Tigers cut an 18-point deficit to seven in the final half-minute

Sloan made sure Missouri got no closer than that, going 7-for-8 from the line and scoring nine points in the final 1:12. He was 6-for-8 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line overall, while Davis earned his second career double-double.

Texas A&M was 3-for-5 from 3-point range in the second half, after going 1-for-10 in the first half.

Keon Lawrence had 13 points and reserve Justin Safford added a career-best 10 points for the Tigers. J.T. Tiller, who averaged nearly 16 points the first three games after the suspensions, was held to five and got off only three shots.

Texas A&M shot only 39 percent in the first half and trailed 30-25 as Missouri shot 50 percent. The Aggies hit their stride after the break, hitting five of their first eight attempts in a 15-0 run for a 10-point cushion with about 15 minutes to go.

Missouri was outrebounded 10-1 during Texas A&M's opening salvo, while missing its first five shots and committing two turnovers.

Missouri had a 17-3 run over a seven-minute span of the first half, taking advantage of Texas A&M's impatience in its half-court offense to go ahead 22-16 with 5:49 to go.


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