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Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2005 1:33 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Texas A&M 74, (9) Texas 63

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Ticker) -- Acie Law and Joseph Jones took coach Bill Gillispie into uncharted territory.

Law scored 24 points and Jones added 13 as Texas A&M posted a rare 74-63 victory over No. 9 Texas in a Big 12 Conference game.

Gillispie became the first Texas A&M coach to begin his career 12-1, breaking the mark set by Tubby Graves in 1915-1916. The Aggies (12-1, 1-1 Big 12) are off to their best start in 45 years and beat the Longhorns for the fourth time in 34 meetings.

Despite a scoreless first half by leading scorer Antoine Wright, Texas A&M shot 52 percent (12-of-23) to break open the game with a 20-6 run, and led 37-22 at the intermission.

Law scored 13 of his points in the first half and shot 10-of-13 from the floor for the game, but fell one point short of a career high.

Both teams combined for 27 personal fouls in a physical first half. Aggies forward Marlon Pompey fouled out just before halftime, while teammate Chris Walker committed three in the first four minutes.

Texas felt the brunt of the contact, missing 11 of its first 12 shots and ending the half shooting 22 percent (7-of-32) from the floor.

Wright finally got on the scoreboard early in the second half and became the 26th Texas A&M player to reach 1,000 points when he buried a 3-pointer to make the score 44-24.

Texas A&M, which leads the nation in victory margin, held the Longhorns (12-3, 1-1) to a season low in points and beat a top-10 team for the first time since 1981-1982.

The physical play did not let up, as the teams committed 55 fouls. But that did not seem to phase the Aggies, who made 8-of-15 3-pointers.

P.J. Tucker scored 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 for Texas, which managed 23 fewer points than its season average and lost for the first time in 11 outings at College Station.


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