New Mexico Upsets No. 16 Texas A&M, 84-81
Dec. 12, 2009
HOUSTON (AP) -Roman Martinez scored 22 points, including two key free throws in the final seconds, to lead New Mexico to an 84-81 victory over No. 16 Texas A&M on Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
New Mexico is 10-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
Donald Sloan had 29 points for Texas A&M (8-2), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
The Lobos never trailed and were ahead by 17 points with 10 minutes left but had to fight off a late rally by the Aggies.
Texas A&M cut the lead to 82-81 on a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton with 10 seconds remaining before Martinez made the two free throws to secure the win. B.J. Holmes had a chance to tie it after that but his shot fell short.
Texas A&M cut the lead to two on a 3-pointer by Sloan with 30 seconds left. Both teams missed two free throws before A.J. Hardeman made two to give New Mexico an 82-78 lead with 16.9 seconds remaining.
Darington Hobson added 18 points for New Mexico and Dairese Gary had 14 points and six assists.
Holmes had 14 points for A&M and Bryan Davis had 10 points and six rebounds.
Texas A&M cut the lead to 10 points with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining when Middleton grabbed an offensive rebound and finished with a layup. Sloan hit two free throws seconds later before a miss by Martinez gave A&M the ball back.
Sloan's layup on the ensuing possession got A&M within 67-61 but the Lobos scored five of the next seven points to stretch the lead back to nine.
New Mexico was ahead by 10 points with about 15 minutes remaining when Martinez made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to push the lead to 55-42.
The first neutral site meeting between the schools might as well have been a home game for the Aggies whose fans comprised most of the crowd. There was one section filled with Lobos fans that seemed to be louder than the Texas A&M fans for most of the game. The Aggies fans finally came alive in the last 5 minutes.