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February 23, 2008

Nebraska hands A&M third straight loss 65-59

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)-Sek Henry and Steve Harley scored 11 points each to lead Nebraska to a 65-59 victory over No. 22 Texas A&M on Saturday, the Cornhuskers' second straight win over a ranked team.

The loss was the third straight for the Aggies (20-7, 6-6 Big 12).

Nebraska (16-9, 5-7) beat No. 24 Kansas State 71-64 on Wednesday.

The Aggies trailed by four points before going on a 9-2 run that was fueled by 3-pointers by Dominique Kirk and Donald Sloan and gave them their first lead of the game, 53-50, with about 4 1/2 minutes to go.

The lead wouldn't last long as Henry's 3-pointer seconds later tied it and a jumper by Harley put Nebraska back on top.

The teams exchanged layups and the Cornhuskers went ahead 57-55 before a layup by Sloan tied it again.

Henry hit another 3-pointer with 1:23 to go before Jay-R Strowbridge made a free throw that gave Nebraska a 61-57 lead with 35 seconds to play.

The Aggies lost the ball on a bad pass and were forced to foul and Henry missed both shots, but Nebraska got the rebound. Harley hit both free throws after another foul to make it 63-57 with 17 seconds left.

Derrick Roland's slam dunk made it 63-59 but A&M had to foul again and Harley hit two more free throws to secure the win.

Roland led Texas A&M with 13 points.

With about 6 minutes to go, Nebraska freshman Cookie Miller crashed into Kirk fighting for a loose ball and remained on the court writhing in pain for several minutes. The 5-foot-7 Miller, who was called for the foul, appeared to injure his left shoulder. Miller, who had eight points, was taken to the locker room by trainers.

The momentum seemed to shift after Miller's injury and the Aggies had their first lead less than 2 minutes later.

Texas A&M's first-half shooting woes continued after halftime and the Aggies went without a field goal for an almost 7 1/2 -minute span in the second half. A three-point play by Sloan finally broke the drought and made it 46-41.

A 3-pointer by Kirk after a layup by Nebraska's Ade Dagunduro got A&M within 48-44.

The Aggies outscored Nebraska 6-2 in the opening minutes of the second half to cut the lead to 34-31.Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer on the possession pushed Nebraska's lead back to six.

Roland made a 3-pointer before A&M's 7-foot freshman DeAndre Jordan blocked a shot by Miller giving the Aggies the ball back.

Two free throws by Josh Carter got A&M within 37-36, but the Cornhuskers reeled off six straight points, punctuated by a two-handed dunk by Chris Balham to extend their lead to 43-36 with 11 minutes to go.


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