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Law has the last word for A&M

February 04, 2007|From the Associated Press

Give me the ball, Acie Law pleaded with his head coach. Because Billy Gillispie did, the Big 12 South is 1-31 in Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse instead of 0-32 and Texas A&M has the conference lead all to itself.

Law scored his team's last five points, including a go-ahead three-point basket over Brandon Rush with 20 seconds to play, and the 10th-ranked Aggies erased a 10-point deficit to beat No. 6 Kansas, 69-66, Saturday night at Lawrence, Kan.

The victory was A&M's first over Kansas since the Big 12 was formed in 1996, and the first for any South Division team in Allen Fieldhouse since the advent of the league. It left the Aggies (19-3, 7-1 Big 12) all alone in first place just three years after stumbling 0-16 through the conference season.

"It's a great feeling when you beat a team like Kansas on their home floor in front of this great crowd," said Law, who had 23 points. "This is one that I'll remember for the rest of my life, and I'm sure a lot of people will feel that way also."

The Jayhawks (19-4, 6-2) took a 62-52 lead with 6:33 to play on Sasha Kaun's baseline hook shot and seemed comfortably headed for their 12th consecutive victory over the Aggies.

But then Law led A&M on a 12-2 run, capped by a three-point play by Antanas Kavaliauskas that made it 64-64 with a minute to play.

"It was [Law's] game at that point," Gillispie said. "He told me he wanted the ball in his hands. So I said, 'OK, you're coaching, you got it.' He'll probably be a lot better coach than me."

After Kavaliauskas tied it, Julian Wright worked inside for a bank shot with 45 seconds left that gave Kansas a 66-64 lead.

Following A&M's timeout, Law scored to give the Aggies a 67-66 lead with 20 seconds left -- their first since 26-24 in the first half.

Colorado 89, No. 12 Oklahoma State 77 -- By upsetting the Cowboys (18-4, 4-3 Big 12), the Buffaloes (6-13, 2-7) have now beaten at least one ranked team at home in each of the last five years. The Buffaloes, who led, 44-29, at the half, improved to 72-1 under Coach Ricardo Patton when leading by a double-digit margin at halftime.

Boston College 80, No. 16 Virginia Tech 59 -- With three reserves on the court for the last seven minutes of the first half at Boston, the Eagles (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their lead to as many as 23 points and coasted to their sixth consecutive victory over the Hokies (15-7, 6-3).

Weber State 86, Northern Arizona 79 -- David Patten, the former Placentia El Dorado star, scored six of his 22 points in the final 1:21 at Ogden, Utah, to lead the Wildcats (16-9, 9-3 Big Sky) past the Lumberjacks (12-11, 6-5).

Patten, a 6-8 forward, played the game with a protective mask after suffering multiple fractions in his cheekbone during Thursday night's game against Northern Colorado.

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