STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Fabyon Harris scored 17 points, Elston Turner added 11 and Texas A&M rallied past Mississippi State for a 55-49 overtime win on Wednesday night.
55 - 49
Humphrey Coliseum • Starkville, Mississippi
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A&M (13-7, 3-4)
Miss St (7-12, 2-5)
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Roberson/R Turner, 1
Texas A&M (13-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed by 14 points early in the second half but recovered to snap a four-game losing streak. Harris made 8 of 13 shots from the field and Turner sank a crucial fadeaway jumper with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Aggies a 53-49 lead.
J'Mychal Reese scored 10 points, including four in overtime.
Mississippi State's Craig Sword banked in a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to tie the game at 47 and send it into overtime. Gavin Ware led the Bulldogs (7-12, 2-5) with 14 points while Colin Borchert added 10. The Bulldogs have lost five straight.
Texas A&M started the SEC schedule with impressive back-to-back wins over Arkansas and Kentucky, but since then the offense has disappeared. It wasn't much better against the Bulldogs, but some big shots by Reese and Turner in overtime were enough to give the Aggies the win.
Mississippi State coach Rick Ray has preached a deliberate approach during his first season - especially because the roster has just seven healthy scholarship players - so the Bulldogs' 29-17 halftime advantage was nearly perfection.
Mississippi State was very efficient on offense, making 10 of 15 (66.7 percent) shots from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and the defense forced 13 Texas A&M turnovers.
But the Bulldogs had trouble taking care of the ball in the second half with 14 turnovers. Texas A&M turned many of those into easy buckets and owned a 14-0 advantage in fast-break points.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 31-17 early in the second half but Texas A&M then started a methodical comeback, which resulted in a 16-2 run that tied the game at 33 with 13:30 remaining.
The teams traded blows until Texas A&M was finally able to create some separation when Turner hit back-to-back baskets to push the Aggies ahead 45-42 with 3:54 remaining.
But Mississippi State had one more run remaining and Sword's 3-pointer off the glass tied it at 47. Borchert's jumper pushed the Bulldogs ahead 49-47 at the start of overtime, but they didn't score another point during the final four minutes.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M men's basketball team continues its two-game road trip Wednesday when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU in a 7 p.m. contest inside the Maravich Center.
Wednesday's game will be televised by the SEC Network, and a complete list of network affiliates for this weekend can be found HERE.
On the television call will be Clay Matvick and Jon Sunvold. Meanwhile, Aggie fans can all hear all the action on the Aggie Radio Network by tuning in locally on WTAW (1620 AM) or streaming online at AggieAthletics.com.
The Aggies enter the match-up with a 12-5 overall record and a 2-2 mark in SEC games after dropping a hard-fought contest at Alabama on Saturday.
Senior Elston Turner led the Aggies in scoring against the Crimson Tide, making 6-of-13 field attempts to finish with 13 points and record a double-digit point total for the 39th time in 49 career games at Texas A&M.
Also against Alabama, freshman J'Mychal Reese scored 10 points, reaching double figures for the sixth time this season in back-to-back games for the first time during his young A&M career. On the glass, sophomoreKourtney Roberson led the team in rebounds (eight) for the third time in the last four games as the Aggies out-rebounded their fourth straight opponent.
LSU, meanwhile, brings a 9-6 overall record with a 0-4 mark in SEC games into Wednesday affair. The Tigers began the 2012-13 season with nine wins in 11 games, but have dropped road contests at Auburn and Georgia and home games to Florida and South Carolina to begin league play.
The Tigers are led by first-year head coach Johnny Jones, who spent the previous 11 seasons as the head coach at North Texas.
TEXAS A&M-LSU SERIES NOTES
Wednesday's contest will be the 24th meeting between the Aggies and the Tigers on the hardwood and the first as members of the SEC.
The series dates back to the 1916-17 season during the early days of each school's men's basketball program ... LSU earned a 24-15 victory.
The last meeting between the schools came on Dec. 20, 2008, when the Aggies defeated LSU 72-61 at Houston's Toyota Center.
A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is 0-2 against LSU having faced them once while at Centenary and once as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana.
The series has been dominated by the home team with the Aggies holding a 5-0 record in College Station and the Tigers owning a 7-0 mark in Baton Rouge.
The Aggies will be looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses for this first time this year.
Texas A&M men's basketball is also searching for its 1,300th all-time victory on Saturday as the program enters the contest with an all-time record of 1,299-1,181 in 101 seasons.
Senior forward Jarod Jahns made his first career start last time out at Alabama ... The walk-on who has seen an increase in playing time this season is averaging 12.3 minutes per game.
Senior guard Elston Turner enters the LSU game ranking seventh in the SEC in scoring at 16.1 points per game and third the league in 3-point shooting percentage at .413.
Turner has reached double figures in scoring in all but one game this season and 39 of 49 career games.
As a team, the Aggies lead the SEC on 3-point field goal percentage at .376.
In addition to Elston Turner, junior guard Fabyon Harris has been a potent scoring threat for A&M over the last month ... The Chicago native has posted double-figure points in five of his last eight games to boost his scoring average to 9.9 on the year.
The Aggies, who struggled rebounding during non-conference play, have held the edge on the boards in each of their first four conference games by a combined margin of 146-110 (+9.0 margin).
The National Rifle Association is pushing its proposal for an armed officer in every school in the country with a new ad that calls President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for his daughters' security detail.
The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to ignite the stock market on Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.
The Dow Jones industrial average careened more than 300 points higher, its biggest gain since December 2011. It's now just 5 percent below its record high close reached in October 2007. The Russell 2000, an index that tracks smaller companies, shot up to the highest close in its history.
Vehicle Burglaries - Rolling Hills West Subdivision
Sometime between December 20th and 28th, 2012 at least 7 vehicles were broken into in the Rolling Hills West subdivision. The area is in Travis County, surrounded by the City of Austin and Westlake.
All of the victim vehicles were left unlocked. Most of the property stolen was hidden within the vehicles; while other property stolen was in plain view.
There is video footage of the suspects. Suspects parked in front of houses and walked through the neighborhood on foot. The suspects are seen taking their time, looking into vehicles.
It is imperative that residents remove valuables, lock vehicles and park them in well-lit areas or garages if possible. Someone walking on the street and going into driveways to look into cars late at night is suspicious. Please do not make it easy for the criminals. Continue to be vigilant about reporting any suspicious vehicles, suspicious activity, or suspicious persons immediately by calling 911.
The new year in Austin-area Varsity scholastics begins its district slate tonight. Lake Travis, Austin High, Westlake, Cedar Creek and others take the floor tonight in competition.
The prolonged football season was a welcomed treat for Central Texas fans. With both Cedar Park and Georgetown making the State championship game, the spotlight is on the Austin-area.
'Its great to have some players cross over from football to basketball', Cedar Park head coach Blake Brown says. "There are extra people in the stands who come out to see some of the players faces".
Westlake quarterback Jordan Severt plays post for the Chaps. "I love football, but there's something about being on the court", says the all-district junior.
Bowie basketball stadium will be rawkus, with its close stands/court settings. "There's nothing quite like Austin High vs. Bowie. And its a lot more fun at their place", says Austin High student Jason Felts.
The top four teams in each district will move onto postseason play - which begins in late Februrary.
Now that there's been time to digest the "fiscal cliff" deal that passed Congress, it turns out that negotiators didn't just help out individuals, families, the unemployed, doctors and milk consumers. Tucked into the 150-plus page bill are several tax perks for businesses - businesses you probably didn't even know needed tax perks.
Included in the bill:
An extension of the excise taxes on rum produced in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which are mostly returned to the territories. Estimated cost: $222 million.
An extension of tax deductions for Hollywood to boost film and TV production in the U.S. Estimated cost: $430 million.
An extension of a "7-year cost recovery period" for NASCAR-type racing complexes. Estimated cost: $70 million.
An extension of a tax credit on the purchase of "2- or 3- wheeled plug-in electric vehicles." Estimated cost: $4 million.