KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Elston Turner hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2 seconds left, and Texas A&M stunned Washington State 55-54 on Tuesday night in the consolation game of the CBE Classic.
D.J. Shelton had a chance to ensure at least overtime for the Cougars (2-3) when he went to the foul line with 17.5 seconds remaining. He managed to make the first free throw but missed the second, leaving his team clinging to a two-point lead as the Aggies (4-1) raced up court.
J'Mychal Reese got the ball in the hands of Turner and he cleared out the right side of the lane as if he was planning to drive for a tying basket.
Instead, he launched a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net.
The Cougars' Royce Woolridge could only get off a half-court heave that fell short, and the Aggies stormed the court to celebrate.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 55, Washington State 54
Nov. 20, 2012 ● Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.)
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M improved to 4-1 on the season and 1-1 at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
● Washington State, meanwhile, fell to 2-2 on the season.
● Tuesday marked just the second time the Aggies and Cougars have met on the hardwood … the series is now tied at 1-1.
● The Aggies owned a 35-23 advantage in the rebounding column.
● For the game, A&M shot 19-of-52 (.365) while Washington State hit 19-of-40 shots from the field (.475).
● Senior Elston Turner’s 3-pointer with two seconds left gave the game its final score.
● Senior Ray Turner led the Aggies in score with 14 points, all of which came during the second half.
● Sophomore Kourtney Roberson pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in the win … including five on the offensive glass.
● Senior Jarod Jahns set career highs in minutes played (21) and rebounds (4).
FIRST HALF NOTES
● The Cougars took a 21-16 lead into the intermission.
● Texas A&M shot just 7-for-23 (.304) from the floor in the opening period, while Washington State shot 7-of-21 (.333).
● WSU’s Brock Motum led all scorers with eight points at the break, while Alex Caruso scored five to pace all Aggie scorers.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● A&M started the second period on a 16-5 run to build a 31-26 lead at the 15:21 mark on a pair of free throws by Elston Turner
● The Aggie shot 12-for-29 (.414) during the second half while the Cougars shot 12-of-19 (632).
● Ray Turner scored all 14 of his points after the intermission.
● The Aggies return to the Reed Arena for their next contest, which will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, when Texas A&M hosts Northwestern State.
● Washington State, meanwhile, will also return home to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.