Texas A&M beats MU on late shot

Thursday, February 13, 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bernard King didn't take the final shot as planned -- but he did just about everything else.

King scored a season-high 29 points and Bradley Jackson scored the go-ahead basket with 2 seconds to play to lead Texas A&M to a 73-71 win over No. 21 Missouri on Wednesday night.

King made two free throws with 42 seconds left and went to the bench so excited that he got sick to his stomach. He still came back and stole the Tigers' inbounds pass as time expired in the game.

"This was a big game. I just wanted to leave it all on the floor," King said.

The Aggies (12-8, 4-5 Big 12) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since Jan. 23, 2001, when they defeated No. 24 Texas 80-74.

Missouri's Travon Bryant hit a 3-point basket from the top of the key to tie the score at 71 with 23 seconds to play. Jackson then drove to the basket and lofted a short jumper over a crowd of Tigers to give the Aggies the win.

"The play was to get the ball in my hands," King said. "Once I came out of the pick, three people came out on me. He (Jackson) made the right decision and went to the basket."

Jackson also saw the play developing.

"The play was supposed to be for Bernard but at the last minute, I saw everyone running his way so I just went the other way," Jackson said. "Bernard brought the whole other team to him. That's why I went the other way."

The Tigers (14-6, 5-4) had one more chance, but King stole an inbounds pass from Jimmy McKinney to end the game.

"He (King) played his guts out in more ways than one," A&M coach Melvin Watkins said. "In big games, players have to step up and make plays and he did that. I just know it's a good win and it keeps us in the running for some of the things we want to accomplish this year.

"It feels pretty good right now."

Missouri led 37-30 at halftime -- its biggest lead of the game -- but the Aggies scored the first nine points of the second half and the teams went back and forth the rest of the way.

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