No. 2 Kansas 86, Texas A&M 74
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Drew Gooden had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season and No. 2 Kansas defeated determined Texas A&M 86-74 Saturday.
Kansas (17-2, 6-0 Big 12) won its four straight game since its second loss of the season to UCLA on Jan. 12.
The Aggies (8-12, 2-4) were riding a two-game winning streak that included an 80-74 upset of No. 24 Texas and they stayed with the more talented Jayhawks through much of the first half.
Then the Aggies went cold and Kansas, No. 2 in the nation in scoring, used a 10-1 run over the final 3:29 of the first half for a 43-31 lead.
The Jayhawks stretched the run to 16-1 with the first three baskets of the second half to keep control of the game.
Kansas pulled ahead 74-51 with 7:47 to go but the Aggies used an 11-2 run to pull within 76-62 and kept up the battle until the end.
Nick Collison added 19 points for the Jayhawks and Aaron Miles added 18.
Bernard King led Texas A&M with 22 points, the most ever scored by an Aggie against a Kansas team.
Gooden has had a double-double in 45 of his last 47 games.
The Jayhawks broke from a 33-30 lead with eight straight points starting with a layup by Collison and a 3-pointer by Kick Hinrich. A&M’s only point in the run came on a free throw by Bradley Jackson with 53 seconds left in the half.