COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Jordan Green sank a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds remaining to lift Texas A&M to a 68-65 victory over Rice Friday night.
Kourtney Roberson paced the Aggies (3-0) with a game-high 19 points, while guard Max Guercy led Rice with 17 in the back-and-forth affair.
Guercy had missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:34 remaining, but quickly responded with a steal and resulting layup, giving Rice (1-2) a 64-63 lead.
Green countered with a jumper to shove the Aggies to a 65-64 lead with 41 seconds left. Out of the break, Guercy drove the lane and was fouled by Roberson, and Guercy answered by making one of two free throws to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining.
Texas A&M ran down the clock prior to Green's triple. The Owls' Austin Ramljak missed a desperation 3-point attempt from deep in the right corner on their final possession
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 68, Rice 65
Nov. 15, 2013 ● Reed Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M improved to 3-0 on the year while Rice saw its season ledger drop to 1-2.
● The Aggies now lead the all-time series with the Owls by a margin of 107-82 … Rice stands out as the third most common opponent in Texas A&M men’s basketball history.
● The game featured 11 ties and 22 lead changes and remained a close affair throughout, as the biggest lead of the night was a six-point advantage for the Aggies early in the first half.
● Texas A&M struggled finding its stroke from beyond the 3-point arc where the Aggies were just 3-of-18 on the night (16.7 percent) … overall, A&M made 20-of-49 total field goal attempts in the game to shoot 40.8 percent from the floor.
● The Owls, meanwhile, shot 45.3 percent for the game and were very active from long distance, making 9-of-29 shot attempts (31%) from 3-point range.
● Texas A&M used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Jordan Green, Kourtney Roberson, Antwan Space and Shawn Smith for the third time this season.
● The Aggies held a 34-33 lead at halftime.
● Junior Jordan Green scored the Aggies’ final five points of the night, including a 3-pointer with just seven seconds left that proved to be the game-winner … the Flower Mound, Texas, native ended the night with six points.
● Junior forward Kourtney Roberson narrowly missed his third consecutive double-double as the Arcadia, La., product finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
● Freshman forward Davonte Fitzgerald made 5-of-6 shots from the field to collect a career-best 14 points off the A&M bench.
● Sophomore guard Alex Caruso dished out seven assists, falling just one shy of his personal best.
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 35-33 in his third season at Texas A&M and 246-212 in 16 years as a head coach.
● Senior guard Fabyon Harris missed the game with an injury and is listed as day-to-day.
● The Aggies are back in action on their home court Tuesday night when they entertain Prairie View A&M… the game will be televised by FSN and is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.
● Rice, meanwhile, will travel to Corpus Christi to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday.