Texas AM rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half with Andre Gordon scoring nine of his 11 points after halftime as the Aggies won 56-55 Wednesday at Mississippi State in an SEC game.
The game ended with Mississippi State (8-5, 3-2) unable to get a shot off after calling a timeout with seven seconds left. The ball was swatted away from Tolu Smith by Emanuel Miller as the time expired.
Jay Jay Chandler led the Aggies (7-4, 2-3) with 12 points and Miller had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Iverson Molinar was Mississippi State's lone double-figure scorer with 16 points.
After Gordon made a 3-pointer to put Texas AM ahead 56-52 with 1:52 left, Jalen Johnson notched a second-chance bucket for Mississippi State.
Chandler then missed a 3-pointer and Jonathan Aku was whistled for a flagrant foul on the rebound, sending Johnson to the free throw line. Johnson made the first try but missed the second, cutting Texas AM's lead to 56-55.
The teams then traded empty possessions, including an Aggies' turnover for a shot-clock violation with 7 seconds left. Mississippi State's last failed possession followed.
The Bulldogs tried to pull away scoring six unanswered points to take a 50-44 lead but Texas AM promptly rallied to cut the lead to 50-49 left with 4:27 left.
Molinar had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field in the first half to lead Mississippi State to a 33-23 halftime lead.
A 15-3 run enabled the Bulldogs to pull away to a 25-13 lead with 6:41 left in the first half. Texas AM, which was 1 of 8 from the field during that stretch, shot 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, including a 1 of 5 performance beyond the arc.
Mississippi State went on a scoring drought of 6:01 that allowed Texas AM to go on a 13-0 run to tie the game at 40. The Bulldogs missed six straight shots and turned the ball over once in that span.
Texas AM cashed in on the offensive glass to make up the 13-point deficit. The Aggies had seven second-chance points during their 13-0 run.2
D.J. Stewart Jr.'s jumper with 11:27 remaining ended the drought and put Mississippi State ahead 42-40.
--Field Level Media