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Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Kansas holds off Texas A&M, 65-60

Jayhawks nearly doomed by cold shooting

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Kansas University's men's basketball team Wednesday against Texas A&M; shot like it was playing outside in the snow and ice, but the Jayhawks hit enough shots to pull out a 65-60 victory over the Aggies at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks hit just 19 of 46 shots from the field, including 5-of-19 shooting from long distance, but made 13 more free throws than the Aggies.

Chris Walker scored first with a three-pointer for Texas A&M;, but Aaron Miles answered on KU's following possession.

A pair of free throws by Christian Moody then gave KU a 5-3 lead, and the Jayhawks didn't trail until the final few moments of the first half on an old-fashioned three-point play by Joseph Jones gave Texas A&M; a 21-20 lead.

Kansas scored nine of the final 13 points of the period, though, led, 29-25, at halftime.

The Jayhawks extended their lead to six points, 36-30, early in the second half, but the Aggies fought back and tied the game at 40-all midway through the period before Kansas scored five straight points.

Texas A&M; stayed in the game, though, taking a 52-49 lead moments later on a three-pointer by Acie Law with less than six minutes left.

Kansas answered with an old-fashioned three-point play by Keith Langford on the next possession, and the teams battled back and forth over the final four minutes with KU taking a 61-58 lead on a three-pointer by Alex Galindo with less than a minute left.

The Jayhawks held off the Aggies with free throws in the final 30 seconds.









Miles had 15 points and five assists for KU, C.J. Giles had four points and two rebounds, and Moody had seven points and five boards.

Langford had nine points and two fouls, Russell Robinson had seven points, and Moulaye Niang had four points and six boards. Michael Lee had 10 points, Galindo had eight points, and J.R. Giddens had two boards.

Walker had seven points for Texas A&M;, Law had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Antoine Wright had 14 points. Jones had 16 points and seven boards, Edjuan Green had two points and six rebounds, and Dominique Kirk had seven points.

Kansas was 19-of-46 shooting from the field, including 5-of-19 from three-point range, and 22-of-27 shooting from the free throw line. The Jayhawks turned the ball over nine times.

Texas A&M; was 22-of-52 shooting from the field, including 7-of-18 from long distance, and 9-of-13 shooting from the charity stripe. The Aggies turned the ball over 15 times.

IMPORTANT FIRST-HALF STATS:
Rebounds: Texas A&M; 15, Kansas 15
Turnovers: Texas A&M; 10, Kansas 6
Steals: Texas A&M; 3, Kansas 4
Assists: Texas A&M; 5, Kansas 5

All stats are unofficial.

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