Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68

Saturday, February 2, 2013 6:00 PM
Location - Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Officials - Patrick Adams, Pat Evans, Antinio Petty
Attendance - 10558

Final Scoring Summary

FinalOT 1 2 X T
Kentucky 30 32 10 72
Texas A&M 21 41 6 68

Recap


Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68 (OT):
Nerlens Noel scored 19 points, including a free throw with 2:27 remaining in overtime that proved to be the game-winner, and grabbed 14 rebounds as the visiting Wildcats held on for the SEC overtime victory.

Guard Julius Mays scored a career-high 19 points, including three free throws in the final 15.8 seconds to seal it for Kentucky (15-6, 6-2), which never trailed.

Senior guard Elston Turner scored a game-high 21 points for Texas A&M (13-8, 3-5), including a jumper that forced overtime, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in the extra period that rolled in and came out. Guard Fabyon Harris added 14 points and forward Ray Turner finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Kentucky, which suffered its first home SEC loss under John Calipari in the first meeting with the Aggies on Jan. 12, raced out to a 9-0 lead with Noel scoring six of the points with a jumper and a pair of dunks. A&M answered with a 9-0 run of its own capped by a Jarod Jahns layup to tie it. But Kentucky ended the half on a 17-7 run to lead 30-21 at halftime.

The Aggies cut the deficit to 47-46 on a pair of Harris free throws with 10:01 to go, but Kentucky gradually pulled away, leading 60-52 after a long 3-pointer by Mays barely beat the shot clock. Texas A&M, though, closed regulation with a 10-2 run to force overtime with Turner sinking a 17-footer from the right side of the key that hit the front of the rim and bounced in with 1.4 seconds remaining.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The game marked the first time a defending national champion played the Aggies in College Station. ... Noel has grabbed six or more rebounds in every game this season. ... Kentucky has won five of its last six games.

Kentucky Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Nerlens Noel 41:00 7-10 0-0 5-10 4 10 14 3 1 1 1 2 19
Archie Goodwin 26:00 4-10 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 2 4 0 1 0 9
Alex Poythress 27:00 0-3 0-1 5-6 0 4 4 0 4 0 1 0 5
Julius Mays 41:00 5-8 4-6 5-6 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 0 19
Ryan Harrow 41:00 3-9 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 5 0 8
Kyle Wiltjer 32:00 2-4 1-2 5-6 0 5 5 2 2 0 6 3 10
Jarrod Polson 13:00 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2
Willie Cauley-Stein 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 225 21-44 7-15 23-34 6 24 30 13 17 3 18 5 72
  47.7% 46.7% 67.6% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 18

Texas A&M Aggies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Elston Turner 44:00 7-23 1-7 6-6 1 3 4 1 1 2 2 0 21
Kourtney Roberson 27:00 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 0 3 1 6
Ray Turner 33:00 4-9 0-0 4-4 3 8 11 1 4 0 0 3 12
Fabyon Harris 32:00 4-9 1-4 5-5 4 2 6 1 5 2 2 0 14
J'Mychal Reese 39:00 2-7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 2 0 4
Jarod Jahns 20:00 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 6
Alex Caruso 21:00 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 3 5 2 1 1 5
Jordan Green 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Andrew Young 6:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 225 24-61 2-12 18-19 9 19 28 10 26 9 10 6 68
  39.3% 16.7% 94.7% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 10