COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Ticker) -- The backcourt duo of Aaron Miles and Keith Langford proved to be too much for Texas A&M.
Miles and Langford each had solid games as 12th-ranked Kansas posted a 71-65 victory over Texas A&M in a Big 12 Conference matchup.
Miles was effective in every facet with 11 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. Langford, a Texas native, made 7-of-8 shots from the floor and scored 21 points.
Freshman J.R. Giddens also led an early surge in the second half for Kansas (11-2, 3-0 Big 12), which improved to 9-0 all-time against Texas A&M. This marked the first time the Jayhawks didn't beat their conference rivals by double digits.
"We were happy to come down here and get a win," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Any road win is precious, regardless of the margin."
Antoine Wright had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Aggies (8-6, 0-2), who trailed the entire second half.
"I'm proud of our effort tonight, but we came up short," said Aggies coach Melvin Watkins, whose job could be in jeopardy due to his 47-83 mark at A&M. "We've got to do some things on defense, but we're in games now. Somewhere we're going to win games."
Langford scored 10 of his team's final 14 points in the first half, helping the Jayhawks to a 31-29 advantage.
"We didn't deserve to have the lead at the half, but Keith went on a good run to give us the lead at the break," Self said.
Wayne Simien and Langford had back-to-back baskets to start the second half, triggering a 15-7 burst. Giddens nailed three 3-pointers in the burst that he capped with a shot from the arc that opened a 46-36 cushion with 12:25 remaining.
Giddens made 5-of-7 shots from the field and scored 14 points. He made four of the Jayhawks' six 3-pointers.
"We knew it was important to come out fast in the second half and try to put some distance between us and them," Simien said.
It was an ineffective game for Simien, who came into the contest second on the Jayhawks in scoring. He made scored just six points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Leandro Garcia-Morales netted 10 points for Texas A&M, which shot 36 percent (24-of-66) and made just 6-of-28 attempts from 3-point range.
"The team was right there and we didn't get a couple of bounces," Wright said. "It helps our confidence when a team like Kansas comes in and we play with them, but we're not satisfied with moral victories."