LUBBOCK, Texas – Khris Middleton scored 16 points to lead No. 22 Texas A&M past Texas Tech 70-67 on Saturday, the Red Raiders' third straight loss.
The Aggies overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half.
D'wayln Roberts made a layup to pull Texas tech within 68-67 with less than 15 seconds left. B.J. Holmes hit two free throws to give the Aggies a 70-67 lead and 3-point tries by Brad Reese and John Roberson missed their mark.
The Aggies outrebounded Texas Tech 34-27.
Holmes added 14 points for A&M (19-5, 6-4).
Reese scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech (11-14, 3-7)
Texas A&M, had lost four of its last five games before pulling out a win in overtime at Colorado on Wednesday.
The Aggies scored seven straight points to start the second half, going up 46-37. Texas Tech came back with 9-2 run, including four points by Reese, a basket by Jaye Crockett and a 3-pointer by David Tairu to pull within 48-46.
The Red Raiders regained the lead, which they relinquished late in the first half, on a layup and a free throw by Roberts to go up 50-48. Middleton tied it at 54 on a layup and put them ahead on a jumper on their next possession to give the Aggies a 56-54 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Texas Tech pulled ahead 65-63 with 3:33 remaining when Roberson hit a 3, but a few minutes later he had the ball stolen by Dash Harris who got the basket to make it 67-65 and put the Aggies up for good.
The Aggies led 39-37 at halftime. Texas Tech started fast and A&M appeared sluggish. The Red Raiders led 18-8 when their regular starter Mike Singletary came in. The substitution proved beneficial for the Aggies, who used a 13-3 run to tie it at 21 with 8:05 remaining. Later, they used a 7-1 run, including a 3-pointer by Holmes and a basket each by Middleton and Nathan Walkup.
Tech made the most of the Aggies eight turnovers, getting 13 points.