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Aggies vault into fourth place in Big 12

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M knows it's not going to

beat anyone in a high-scoring shootout.

Instead the Aggies like to play tough defense, keep the score

low and put themselves in position to win at the end.

That is exactly what they did Wednesday night in a 46-43 upset

over Texas (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 AP).

Acie Law made a 3-pointer at the buzzer with Daniel Gibson in

his face to give Texas A&M its sixth straight win.

"We take a lot of pride in our defense and we think that that

can carry us because we struggle at times offensively," Law said.

"We did a good job of that tonight."

The Aggies got a chance for the victory when Texas' P.J. Tucker,

apparently unaware of the time on the shot clock, dribbled around

as it expired with 5.9 seconds left.

"It was just bad execution," Tucker said. "I let my teammates

down. I didn't run the play right. We didn't get the shot up."

The Longhorns intentionally fouled Law and after a timeout, he

got the inbounds pass and pulled up for a long 3 which swished as

the buzzer sounded, sending a number of A&M fans onto the court.

Law fell to the court after the shot, then jumped up and ran

into the crowd to get a hug from his mother, "so she wouldn't get

trampled" by the fans.

"Words can't describe the feeling when you beat a rival with so

much at stake," he said. "The Big 12 championship for them and a

chance to get into the tournament for us. The game had a lot of

meaning for both teams."

It was the second straight year the Aggies (19-7, 9-6) beat the

Longhorns (24-5, 12-3) at home. They beat then-No. 9 Texas 74-63

last year.

The Aggies improved their home record to 16-2 with a win that

will undoubtedly bolster their NCAA tournament hopes and at least

puts off Texas' chance to capture its first Big 12 title since

1999.

"It's always tough to swallow when you lose," Gibson said.

"But it's always about how you bounce back. We still feel like

we're a great team. We've still got the opportunity to go out and

show some things."

The Longhorns are tied for first with Kansas (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP), which beat

Colorado 75-54 on Wednesday.

Joseph Jones scored 14 points for the Aggies and Law had eight.

Tucker had 11 points to lead the Longhorns and Kenton Paulino

added eight.

Despite Wednesday's big victory and the winning streak, A&M

coach Billy Gillispie cautioned against giving the Aggies too much

credit.

"We're not going to get confused here and think that we're

something that we're not," Gillispie said. "We've won four games

by a total of 12 points. Those all could have been losses.

"What we are and what we always have been is a tough and

hard-nosed team that tries really hard and plays really well

together. We've been able to get really lucky on several

occasions."

The Longhorns were held to their fewest points this season,

scoring far less than their previous low of 58 against Villanova.

They were uncharacteristically sloppy, missing easy shots,

committing 18 turnovers and making just field goals in the second

half.

"I think they know I'm upset because I think they know how much

I want execution," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "It's always

disappointing when you don't execute."

Texas A&M led 41-39 with about 4 minutes left when Chris Walker

got a steal and Law followed with a layup to give the Aggies their

biggest lead of the game. The play sent the already raucous crowd

into a deafening frenzy.

It was a defensive battle throughout with both teams going

without a basket for about 5 minutes early in the second half. The

drought was finally broken for the Longhorns when LaMarcus Aldridge

made the second of two free throws with about 11 minutes left,

giving Texas a 34-32 lead. Paulino added a layup to stretch the

lead to 36-32.

It would be 2 more minutes before Texas A&M would score on Josh

Carter's 3-pointer. A short jumper by Antanas Kavaliauskas with

about 8 minutes remaining gave the Aggies their first lead of the

second half, 37-36.

Texas was 5-of-16 from the field in the second half and the

Aggies were 8-of-26.

The first half started the physical tone of the game and

featured several spills on the court, 18 fouls and 21 free throws.