Allen Fieldhouse is an eerie place after a Kansas University loss.
It's not often that the end of a men's basketball game at the old barn is met with stunned silence, followed by a smattering of boos directed at the other team for excessive celebration.
Texas A&M; went wild after its 69-66 victory Saturday, gathering near center court and jumping around in a postgame party normally reserved for a national championship. Kansas fans felt it was a little too much, and without solicitation, Texas A&M; standout Acie Law spoke up afterward to say he agreed.
"I would like to apologize to Kansas for the way we acted after we won the ballgame," Law said before taking questions. "It was really disrespectful. I think we really let the emotions of the victory get the best of us."
Texas A&M; coach Billy Gillispie said he didn't talk to his team about the postgame jubilation and had no idea Law decided to speak up about it. Law said he chose to apologize because he's "the leader" of the Aggies.
Like anyone needed a reminder of that Saturday.
Law was sensational, scoring 23 points and taking the game over when Texas A&M; (19-3 overall, 7-1 Big 12) needed a rally. Down two points with less than 30 seconds left, Law grabbed a pass on the right side and bobbed his head from side to side at KU's Brandon Rush, as if to say, "Which way am I going?"
He then went nowhere, nailing a three-pointer from where he was standing. It was the dagger that took nearly 40 minutes to deliver - A&M;'s first lead since it was up 26-24 in the first half.
"It was his game at that point," Gillispie said of Law. "He told me he wanted the ball in his hands. I called for something else earlier in the timeout, and he said, 'I want the ball in my hands.' I said, 'OK, you're coaching. You got it.'
"He'd probably be a lot better coach than I am. That was really smart."
Law's trey put Texas A&M; up 67-66 with 25 seconds left. He later hit two more free throws to give the Aggies the three-point lead that held up. The latter charity was his eighth point in the final 1:38.
"He's a pro," Gillispie said. "He's going to be a great pro because he does like it at the end of the games. He's not afraid to make plays."
The killer trey was the only three-pointer Law hit Saturday. It came with Rush, KU's best defender, up on him. It came when playing for the tie would have been an understandable way to go.
But understandable doesn't always cut it. Not when extraordinary is there for the taking.
"This team has confidence in me to put the ball in my hands," Law said. "Tonight I was able to come through for them."
62-52KU's lead with 6:33 to play
17-4Texas A&M;'s game-closing run
42.1KU's field-goal percentage against the nation's best defense
34.9Opponents' field-goal percentage against A&M; coming in
46.3A&M;'s field-goal percentage against KU
37.6Opponents' field-goal percentage against KU coming in
1-31Big 12 South's record in Allen Fieldhouse
3Teams (KU, K-State, Texas) tied for second behind A&M; in the Big 12