Aggies hold off Huskies in College Station
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – When Washington’s Isaiah Thomas got a steal with 5 seconds left and his team trailing by one point to Texas A&M, Aggies coach Mark Turgeon had one thought.
“I hope they miss a shot,” Turgeon said.
David Loubeau made sure they did.
Loubeau blocked a desperation shot by Thomas as time expired and Texas A&M held on for a 63-62 nonconference win over No. 21 Washington on Saturday.
“David just made a smart play,” Turgeon said. “Instead of going to his man, he came and played the shot. That was a big-time block. It was clean.”
The Aggies (9-1) led by seven with about 4 minutes to go before the Huskies (6-3) scored six straight points to pull to 63-62 with about 11/2 minutes remaining. Texas A&M’s Khris Middleton missed a 3-pointer and C.J. Wilcox missed one for the Huskies with 17 seconds left and Washington knocked the ball out of bounds.
The Aggies got the ball down the court before Thomas stole the ball from Nathan Walkup and raced back for the shot. But Loubeau knocked it down to give Texas A&M the win.
Turgeon couldn’t believe Washington didn’t foul as soon as Texas A&M threw in the ball. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said they were trying to.
“We didn’t quite get that done, but it worked out,” he said. “Isaiah busted his tail and got the steal. As things were spread out we kind of slowed it down a little bit and we had two guys jump out on him. By then it was too late.”
Middleton led the Aggies with 17 points and Loubeau added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The win is Texas A&M’s sixth straight and its 70th consecutive regular-season nonconference win at home. It is the third loss of the season for the Huskies, whose previous two were to No. 17 Kentucky and seventh-ranked Michigan State.
Washington entered the game leading the nation in scoring with almost 96 points a game and had scored 100 four times this season. The Huskies’ 62 points and 37.7 percent shooting were both season lows.
“They pretty much clogged up the middle and everything we got we had to work hard for,” Romar said. “You’re kicking yourself because you lose by one point and shoot 6 of 22 from the 3 and we lead the nation in 3-point shooting.”
They were led by Thomas, who had 13 points, and Abdul Gaddy added 10.
Justin Holiday, who entered the game averaging more than 14 points, scored just four after getting into early foul trouble. He fouled out with about 4 minutes remaining.