COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Ticker) -- Andre Emmett took some liberties and No. 18 Texas Tech escaped with its 12th straight win.
Emmett scored the final two of his 23 points on a controversial drive in the lane with six seconds to go as the Red Raiders edged intrastate and Big 12 Conference rival Texas A&M, 80-78.
After a short leaner by Jesse King with 20 seconds left tied the game, Texas Tech (16-2, 4-0 Big 12) turned to its best player. At the top of the key, Emmett broke left then appeared to hop into the lane before floating up the go-ahead bucket.
"Coming out of the last timeout, coach (Bob) Knight drew up the play and told me to drive in and get fouled," Emmett said. "We ran the play to perfection, and fortunately we got the win."
"I thought Andre Emmett traveled on the spin on the last play," Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins said. "I am not going to let that one play bother me, though."
After both teams called timeout, the Aggies' Leandro Garcia-Morales raced upcourt and fired a potential tying shot from the top of the key. The ball bounced off the front of the rim and toward the free-throw line as time expired.
Emmett made 9-of-13 shots for the Red Raiders, who are in the midst of their longest winning streak under Knight and their longest overall since a 23-game run in 1995-96.
Freshman Acie Law IV led Texas A&M (7-8, 0-4) with 14 points. The Aggies had five players in double figures.
"We weren't expecting this game to be easy," Emmett said "Texas A&M always plays us tough on the road and at home. They have some real good athletes. It is just a matter of them getting a win. They have had some tough losses."
"Our kids did some great things and it's just a matter of time," Watkins said. "It's got to be the next game. If we keep playing and practicing the way we are, we'll be in good shape."
Texas Tech led 40-37 at the half and was ahead 73-68 with 3:04 to go. But Texas A&M got a 3-pointer from Law 31 seconds later and a layup by Marcus Watkins - the coach's son - with 1:46 remaining to knot the contest.
Mikey Marshall had a three-point play for the Red Raiders with 88 seconds left but Law knotted the contest with a three-point play 16 seconds later. Emmett had two free throws with 52 seconds remaining but King put back a missed 3-pointer by Garcia-Morales to tie the game, 78-78.
"The first thing that I will say about this game is that if we lost it would be a hard loss for us, so obviously it's a tough loss for them," Knight said. "They came back in the first half from 12 down, and again in the second half. They did a really good job in both those cases."
The last three games between the teams have been decided by five points or less.