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Tigers Fall In Overtime

Posted By Nate Jacobson On Jan 15 2011 @ 4:00 pm In Missouri | No Comments

The Tigers knew it would be a challenge to win at Texas A&M, but this one has the feeling like got away.

The Aggies prevailed in a back and forth battle 91-89 in overtime. This improves the Aggies home form of winning 42 of the last 45 contests at Reed Arena.

To start off the game it was all Tigers as they jumped out to a 19-7 advantage. The Tigers could have built their lead even more if it wasn’t for poor free throw shooting. Those missed free throws came back to hurt them as the Aggies stormed back to go on a 20-4 run to end the half, and build a 40-33 halftime lead.

After halftime, Phil Pressey came alive with 16 points in the second half and in overtime. Pressey, who is from Texas, finished 4-for-4 from three-point range on his way to a career high in scoring.

Leading the way for the Tigers were Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe, who each had 19 points. Ratliffe was instrumental in the second half keeping the Tigers within striking distance of the Aggies.

In overtime, Khris Middleton’s steal and score with 38 seconds left put the Aggies up for good. Middleton led all players in scoring with 28 points. Sloppy offensive possessions by the Tigers in overtime never gave them a good chance to draw any closer to the Aggies lead.

The No. 12 Tigers now are 15-3 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play. The No. 13 Aggies remain undefeated in conference play. The Tigers can’t dwell on this loss too long, as they go back to work on Monday at 4:30 against Kansas State. This game is part of ESPN’s Big Monday.

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