Holmes' late FTs lift Aggies past Cowboys 67-66

David Loubeau scored 22 points, B.J. Holmes hit two key free throws in the final seconds and No. 21 Texas A&M continued its recent dominance against Oklahoma State with a 67-66 victory on Saturday night.

Texas A&M (21-5, 8-4 Big 12) maintained its hold on third place in the conference standings and extended its winning streak to four games. The Aggies have won three straight against Oklahoma State (16-10, 4-8) and four of the last five in the series.

The loss put a damper on Oklahoma State's already tenuous NCAA tournament hopes, and it won't get easier soon for the Cowboys, who visit No. 1 Kansas on Monday.

Reger Dowell scored a career-high 22 points for Oklahoma State and put the Cowboys up 66-65 with two free throws with 17 seconds left. But he fouled Holmes in the backcourt with 15.9 seconds left and Holmes hit both free throws.

The Aggies knocked the ball out of bounds with 2.7 seconds left and Oklahoma State's Matt Pilgrim missed a deep shot from the corner as time expired.

Oklahoma State suffered only its fifth home loss in 45 games during coach Travis Ford's three seasons. Two of those losses have come this season, to the Aggies and to Texas.

Texas A&M beat the Cowboys by 23 on Jan. 13 but it wasn't so easy for the Aggies in the rematch. Neither team led by more than eight points and the game included 13 lead changes and 14 ties.

The Aggies' leading scorer, Khris Middleton, didn't score until 6:35 remained but finished with 12 points, helping keep Oklahoma State at bay in the final minutes.

Oklahoma State played the second half without leading scorer and rebounder Marshall Moses, who a team spokesman said was sick.

The teams combined for 48 fouls — 26 on Oklahoma State, 22 on Texas A&M. The Aggies finished 27 of 35 from the free-throw line, while Oklahoma State was 23 of 29.

In a choppy first half, Oklahoma State had 14 turnovers and was whistled for 16 fouls — including two technicals — but managed a 30-29 halftime lead by going 14 of 15 from the free throw line. Texas A&M was called for 11 fouls.

Ford was slapped with a technical less than 5 minutes into the game and Holmes made both free throws to put the Aggies up 11-4. Over the next 7 minutes, the teams combined for one basket and six points.

A 3-pointer by Dowell with 3:41 left in the first half put Oklahoma State up 23-21 and Page fueled a 7-0 spurt with five points — three off free throws — to make it 30-24.

Three Cowboys — Markel Brown, Jarred Shaw and Roger Franklin — each had three fouls by halftime. Brown received a technical foul after a skirmish with Texas A&M's Nathan Walkup.

Keiton Page added 12 points for the Cowboys while Jean-Paul Olukemi had 11. Pilgrim finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma State outrebounded Texas A&M 30-22. Texas A&M entered the game eighth in the nation in rebounding margin.