KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jordan Hamilton scored 17 points and No. 10 Texas had four players in double figures while beating Texas A&M 70-58 in the Big 12 semifinals Friday night, giving the Longhorns a three-game season sweep of their old rivals.
With the victory, the second-seeded Longhorns (27-6) set up a 1 vs. 2 championship game Saturday against top-seeded and No. 2 Kansas. Texas, one of two teams to beat the Jayhawks, upset them 74-63 on Jan. 22 and snapped their team-record 69-game home court winning streak.
Tristan Thompson, the Big 12 freshman of the year, had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Texas, which finished second to Kansas in the regular-season Big 12 race. J'Covan Brown had 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the second half, and Cory Joseph had 10.
In the second half, Brown, Thompson and Hamilton scored 31 of Texas' 40 points. Then, when the game was all but decided, Gary Johnson scored the Longhorns' last six points.
Khris Middleton had 18 points and eight rebounds for No. 3 seed Texas A&M (24-8).
Middleton had a 3-pointer, a breakaway dunk and a follow off his own offensive rebound, then converted the free throw in a 12-4 Texas A&M run to start the second half and wipe out Texas' 30-24 halftime lead.
But the powerful 6-foot-8 Thompson got a bucket to tie it 36-all, then Brown swished three 3-pointers in a 16-5 Texas run, capped by Jai Lucas' runner in the lane, and the Longhorns went ahead to stay at 52-41.
Thompson was whistled for an intentional foul less than 7 minutes into the game and Dash Harris sank one free throw, giving the Aggies a seven-point lead.
But Hamilton answered with a long 3-pointer and Thompson, on successive possessions, got a slam and a short bucket to start a 13-2 run. Hamilton hit two more buckets and Joseph drove in for a layup and a free throw, putting the Longhorns on top 20-16.
David Loubeau, who had 20 points in the Aggies' 86-71 second-round victory over Missouri, had just four points in the first half on 1-for-7 shooting and finished with 12. B.J. Holmes had 11 points for Texas A&M, which was outrebounded 39-28 by the taller Longhorns in their 220th meeting.
In the earlier semifinal, Kansas got 20 points apiece from Marcus and Markieff Morris to beat Colorado 90-83.