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Men's basketball falls to winless Aggies 73-69 in College Station

Feb. 7, 2001

Texas A&M garners first Big 12 win at expense of Baylor's cold shooting



The Baylor men's basketball team suffered an unexpected setback against Texas A&M University Tuesday night, falling to the Aggies 73-69 in College Station.

The loss dropped the Bears to 14-6 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12 Conference, while the Aggies improved to 7-15 overall and 1-9 in the conference. It was Baylor's fifth loss in its last six games in Big 12 play.

Baylor shot just 35 percent from the field in the first half while the Aggies shot 46 percent. The Bears missed all seven of their three-point shots in the first half, and made no field goals in the last 5:48 of the first half. The Bears shot just 6-13 from the foul line in the game.

Baylor head Coach Dave Bliss lauded the Texas A&M guards for his team's offensive downfall in the first half.

'The quickness of their guards gave us trouble in the first half,' he said. 'I give them a great bit of credit.'

For the contest, the Bears were just 3-19 from behind the arc. Bliss said the Bears' lack of success in that aspect of the game has been a common theme in the Baylor defeats.

'That has been our bugaboo in all of our losses,' he said.

The Aggies led 36-23 at halftime on the strength of 13-2 and 15-2 runs during parts of the first half.

The Bears opened the second frame with a 14-4 run of their own to cut the lead to 40-37, but Baylor would get no closer than three the rest of the contest.

The Bears had four players in double-figures led by forwards Greg Davis and Terry Black. Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Black added 21 points and 11 boards.

Baylor cut the lead to three the final time at 67-64 with 46.9 seconds to play. After the basket, the Bears used a full-court press to try to entice the Aggies into a turnover. The strategy backfired when guard Bernard King found an open man under the basket and Texas A&M completed the three-point play.

'The key play was when we had Bernard trapped and they broke the pressure and got a three-point play,' Bliss said.

Texas A&M had five players in double-figures. The Aggies were led by forward Nick Anderson who scored 14 points, while King -- the conference's third-leading scorer -- contributed 11 points and 9 assists to lead the Aggies to their first conference win of the season.

Baylor guard Chad Elsey was slowed by the flu during the game and caused Bliss to shorten his playing time late in the game.

'We were just plum out of players,' he said. 'His coloring didn't look good down the stretch. I didn't want to play him.'