LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Alex Galindo certainly did not shrink away from the big shot like most freshman.
Galindo hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute and Christian Moody and Aaron Miles added a pair of free throws down the stretch as No. 2 Kansas survived a scare with a 65-60 victory over Texas A&M in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools.
Galindo, who has been one of a handful of players who have helped ease the loss of Wayne Simien, broke a 58-58 tie with 40 seconds remaining on his second 3-pointer of the game. He finished 2-of-6 from the field with eight points.
"Once again, (Galindo) doesn't rebound it like he should and I am going to talk to him about that, but he certainly likes to shoot it when it's crunch time," Kansas coach Bill Self said.
Miles then stole the ball, but Moody missed two free throws to give the Aggies (11-1, 0-1 Big 12) a window of opportunity. Acie Law responded with a driving layup to cut their deficit to 61-60 with 15 seconds left.
After Texas A&M fouled on the ensuing inbounds play, Moody made two free throws and, after a 3-point miss by Law, Miles converted two at the stripe with two seconds remaining for the Jayhawks (10-0, 1-0), who improved to 10-0 all-time against the Aggies.
"Our three leading scorers had two points (down the stretch), and somehow we won the game," Self said. "The young kids stepped up. Christian (Moody) made two huge free throws after missing two. It was great to see him do that."
The win was the 14th straight in conference openers for Kansas, which captured its 16th consecutive win at the Allen Fieldhouse.
Miles finished with 15 points and five assists, and Michael Lee chipped in with 10 points for Kansas, which made 16-of-21 free throws in the second half to hold off an upset bid.
"Mike would be the first to tell you that he has been pressing," Self said. "He has been trying to hard. We had to have him tonight. J.R. (Giddens) wasn't effective and Keith (Langford) had two fouls early, but Mike stepped up and played well."
Langford overcame a quiet first half to score seven of his nine points over the final 20 minutes, while Giddens went scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting. Giddens entered the game averaging 11.1 points per game.
Joseph Jones scored 16 points and Law and Antoine Wright added 14 apiece for Texas A&M, which fell short despite outrebounding Kansas, 33-27, and recording 17 second-chance points to the Jayhawks' 6.
"It was a tough loss," Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie said. "We know that we are going to have to play defense like we did tonight in order to survive in the Big 12. We ended up getting beaten and we have to do better than we did tonight. We have great respect for Kansas as we do for every opponent, but we made a lot of mistakes tonight."