Worku's jumper with 6.4 left helps UC Irvine beat Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Eyassu Worku scored on a falling 12-footer with 6.4 seconds remaining, capping a furious rally as UC Irvine stunned Texas A&M 74-73 on Friday night.

Worku lost his balance on a baseline drive and fell backward, but swished his shot to give the Anteaters their only lead of the second half, and the first since nine minutes into the opening half.

Max Hazzard scored 19 points to lead UC Irvine (2-0), while Robert Cartwright added 10.

Junior forward Josh Nebo, playing his second game after missing a season following his transfer from Saint Francis, led Texas A&M (1-1) with 15 points. Jay Jay Chandler added 12, while Savion Flagg and John Walker each scored 11, but the Aggies managed only two free throws while being outscored 9-2 in the last 3:23.

The Anteaters trailed 42-32 at halftime and were down 10 points midway through the second half before charging to their second consecutive comeback victory. UC Irvine trailed by four points at intermission in its season-opening 86-68 win over Idaho.

The Aggies tried to stall Irvine's comeback when TJ Starks made a 3-pointer after an offensive rebound by Nebo, pushing A&M ahead 71-65 with 3:50 left. However, Irvine's Elston Jones made two free throws after Chandler was called for an intentional foul on a scrum under the basket. The Anteaters kept possession and got a 3-point play by Jones that trimmed A&M's lead to 71-70.

Christian Mekowulu made two free throws for the Aggies, but Irvine answered with a basket by Tommy Rutherford.

Starks missed a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left, setting the stage for Worku's go-ahead score.

A&M inbounded without calling a timeout and pushed the ball up the floor, but Starks missed a long 3-point attempt as time expired.

BIG PICTURE

A&M: The Aggies lost a game they led for more than 28 consecutive minutes before surrendering the winning basket. Texas A&M had a horrible time against Irvine's zone defense, with the Aggies making just 6 of 28 from 3-point range.

UC Irvine: The Anteaters stretched their road winning streak to six games after winning their last five away from home to end last season. Irvine's zone defense limited A&M to 36-percent shooting. The Anteaters shot 55.2 percent (16 of 29) in the second half and 52.7 percent (29 of 55) overall.

UP NEXT

A&M will hit the road for the first time this season, facing an early test at Gonzaga on Thursday.

UC Irvine will return home to play host to Life Pacific on Monday.