Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - TOP 25 ; No. 15 Texas A&M Holds off Florida

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE BASKETBALL - TOP 25 ; No. 15 Texas A&M Holds off Florida

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Jalen Jones scored 26 points and Danuel House added 22 to help the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies outlast Florida 71-68 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win. Florida (10- 6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) never led after halftime but tied it twice and never let the Aggies pull away.

Dorian Finney-Smith made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 67-66 with 26 seconds left. Anthony Collins made two free throws and Florida got within one point again on a basket by Chris Chiozza with 11 seconds left. The Gators were forced to foul again and Collins made two more free throws to extend the lead to three.

John Egbunu fouled as the Gators brought the ball down the court after that giving A&M (14-2, 4-0) the ball back. But Chiozza's steal gave Florida a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but his shot bounced off the rim.

Finney-Smith led the Gators with 17 points and Justin Leon had 16.

A&M's 4-0 record in SEC play is its best league start since going 4-0 to open Big 12 play in 2006-07. The Aggies are 10-0 at home this season and their seven-game winning streak is the longest since winning 13 straight in 2010-11.

The Aggies led by 10 points after a 3-pointer by Jones with about 8 minutes left. Florida scored the next eight points, three from Kasey Hill, to cut the lead to 59-57.

Florida cut the lead to four on a tip-in by Hill with a minute left and looked to have a sure basket on a fast break by him a few seconds later. But Alex Caruso sprinted in from behind and blocked his shot out of bounds. The Gators got the ball back and Finney- Smith made the 3-pointer that got them within one.

The game was tied when House scored five quick points to give A&M a 45-40 lead with about 15 minutes left. He got the crowd going soon after that on a dunk off an alley-oop from Anthony Collins that left A&M up 47-44. …

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