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Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 11:53 PM EST
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Texas A&M 73, (21) Missouri 71
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Ticker) -- Texas A&M senior Bernard King can finally add a victory over Missouri to his impressive list of Big 12 accomplishments.

King scored a season-high 29 points and backcourt mate Bradley Jackson drained the tie-breaking jumper with two seconds left to give the Aggies a 73-71 victory over the 21st-ranked Tigers.

The victory ended the Aggies' (12-8, 4-5 Big 12) six-game losing streak to the Tigers, who they had not beaten since 1997.

Trailing 66-64 with 2 1/2 minutes left, Texas A&M took the lead on a 3-pointer by freshman Antoine Wright.

Missouri was able to even the game at 71-71 on Travon Bryant's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left, but Jackson answered with a jumper from the right side of the lane.

"This was a really big win for us," Jackson said. "The final play was supposed to go to Bernard, but I saw just about their whole team go to him off the pick so I took it."

The Tigers' inbounds pass was intercepted, and A&M's two-game losing streak was over.

Arthur Johnson scored 18 points for the Tigers (14-6, 5-4), who fell to 2-5 on the road.

King, who became the Big 12's all-time leading scorer in a loss to Texas on Saturday, shot 11-of-18 from the field and was perfect on three attempts from behind the arc.

"We knew we had to win this game," King said. "No matter what it took, I was going to take care of business."

King scored only 10 points and shot 1-of-10 from the field against the Longhorns.

"Our last game against Texas was one of the worst I've ever had," King admitted. "I just wanted to come back and play strong."

Jackson added 10 points and Tomas Ress chipped in with nine, including a pair of key free throws in the final minute.

After Wright's 3-pointer gave the Aggies a 67-66 edge, King sank two foul shots and freshman Jimmy McKinney answered with a jumper. Ress retaliated with his only two free throws of the game for a 71-68 lead with 30 seconds remaining.

It was a sub-par night for Wright, who finished with six points. The heralded freshman entered averaging 16.7 points per game.

Aggies coach Melvin Watkins, who watched his team defeat a ranked foe at home for the first time since 2000, improved to 1-5 lifetime against Missouri.

"I really challenged them at halftime, probably as much as I have ever challenged a team before, and they really responded well," Watkins said. At the end of the first half, we weren't playing hard enough."

After a bucket by Jesse King with nine minutes left in the first half gave Texas A&M a 24-15 advantage, the Tigers scored 22 of the next 28 points to take a 37-30 lead into the break. The Aggies scored the first seven points in the second period to pull even.

The Aggies shot 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second half and 50 percent (28-of-56) overall from the field.

"We are very disappointed in the result, we started the second half horribly," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "There is a higher level you have to play at to win road games in this league... I couldn't be more upset with the way we handled things in the second half."

Rickey Paulding scored 15 points and Ricky Clemons added 12 and seven assists for the Tigers, who shot 43 percent (29-of-64) and owned a 38-30 rebounding advantage.


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