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Davis hits buzzer beater to lift Aggies over Wildcats

1748 days ago
Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Tyler Davis' putback at the buzzer gave Texas A&M a 79-77 win over No. 14 Kentucky in overtime on Saturday after a technical foul on Isaac Humphries cost the Wildcats the lead in the final seconds.

With the clock winding down, Danuel House drove into traffic and missed a contested shot that hit the front of the rim. The ball caromed directly to Davis, who grabbed the rebound and banked in a layup as time expired.

The freshman center finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Anthony Collins missed a shot with 9 seconds left for Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference), and Humphries pulled down the rebound with the Wildcats up by one. But after the Aggies fouled him, he slammed the ball to the court and was whistled for a technical that fouled him out.

House made both free throws to give A&M a 77-76 lead. Skal Labissiere hit one of two foul shots for Kentucky (20-7, 10-4) to tie it before the final possession.

Tyler Ulis had 22 points and 11 assists for Kentucky, which had won four straight.

Jalen Jones led A&M with 24 points.

Jamal Murray scored four straight points to put Kentucky up 72-70 in overtime. A three-point play by Jones gave A&M a 73-72 lead with less than 3 minutes left in OT.

Humphries made a pair of free throws to help Kentucky regain the lead before House hit two that put the Aggies up 75-74 with 1:36 left.

Ulis sank a jumper to give Kentucky a 76-75 edge with 1:11 remaining.

Marcus Lee tied it at 68 with an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Ulis with 43.9 seconds left in the second half.

Lee blocked a layup attempt by House, and Davis fouled Lee, sending him to the line with 31 seconds to go. But his free throw bounced off the rim.

The Aggies had a chance to win in regulation, but House missed a jump shot.

Murray added 21 points for Kentucky, and Humphries had six points and 12 rebounds.

Kentucky led by three after scoring four straight points early in the second half. House and Jones then made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions sandwiched around a monster dunk by Lee to take a 45-44 lead.

A 3-pointer by Ulis gave Kentucky a one-point lead a couple of minutes after that. House intercepted a bad pass by Ulis a few seconds later and missed a layup on the other end, but Jones grabbed the rebound and finished with a two-handed dunk to make it 50-49 with 15 minutes left.

That basket was the first of seven straight points for the Aggies that pushed the lead to 55-49.

The Aggies were up by seven soon after that when they were called for a technical after a foul and Ulis made all four free throws to cut the lead to 59-55 with 11 minutes remaining.

Ulis made it six points in a row when he hit a layup after that to get Kentucky within two.

The Aggies led by two after a three-point play by Alex Caruso near the end of the first half. But Derek Willis hit a 3-pointer after that to give the Wildcats a 36-35 lead at halftime.


Kentucky: Murray, who made four 3s on Saturday, has hit at least one in every game this season. ... Willis sprained his right ankle midway through the second half. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and was helped off the court and immediately taken into the locker room. ... Ulis had at least four assists for a school-record 21st straight game.

Texas A&M: The Aggies reached 20 wins for 15th time in school history and ninth time in 12 seasons. ... The Aggies had 22 second-chance points to 11 by Kentucky.


Kentucky: Hosts Alabama on Tuesday.

Texas A&M: Hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday.