COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jalen Jones did his scoring in bunches, but it was more than enough to help No. 21 Texas A&M defeat Missouri 84-69 on Saturday.
Jones scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes, marking his 11th double-digit scoring performance this season. He scored his final points on a layup with 16:25 seconds remaining, and did not see action for the final 12:23 seconds.
“He’s a stud,” Missouri forward Ryan Rosburg said of Jones. “He could go off at any time. He’s a great player and made some tough shots and did really well for them today.”
“This team seems to have a certain bond and a certain chemistry on the court and off the court,” said Alex Caruso, who had three points and a team-high six assists. “You can tell by the way we played tonight. We were sharing the ball just really unselfish and whoever was open took the shot. It shows our completeness as a team. Anybody can be out there and we’re good to go.”
Tramaine Isabell had 17 points, five assists and three rebounds in his first start of the season, matching his season-high point total.
Missouri matched the Aggies bucket-for-bucket for much of the first half, using a 7-0 run to take a three-point lead following a transition layup by Namon Wright. Wright reached double-digit scoring in seven of Missouri’s last eight games, but finished with just four points on 1-for-8 shooting.
Missouri coach Kim Anderson was assessed a technical foul with 7:51 seconds remaining in the first half following a layup by the Aggies’ Tyler Davis. Anderson wanted a travel call as Davis bobbled the outlet pass in transition, prompting boos from the home crowd. D.J. Hogg sank two free-throws and Texas A&M ended the first half on a 25-11 run. Hogg finished with nine points, and Davis added eight points and seven rebounds.
“I thought (Texas A&M) played great, especially there in the middle to late part of the first half,” Anderson said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They’ve just got so many veteran players at different positions that I think they could make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.”
The Aggies (22-7, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) picked up where they left off to start the second half, opening on a 10-3 run. Texas A&M capitalized on nearly every Missouri mistake, scoring 17 points off the Tigers’ 10 turnovers.
Missouri (10-19, 3-13) ended the game on an 11-0 run after trailing by as many as 27 points. Kevin Puryear, who leads the Tigers in scoring with 11.6 points per game, finished with seven points, shooting 1-for-8 from the field. Puryear had just one point entering the final two minutes. Rosburg scored 15 points to go with five rebounds and has scored in double figures in five of Missouri’s last six games.
The Aggies bench outscored Missouri’s 39-18, led by Gilder and Tonny Trocha-Morelos, who added 12 points and four rebounds.
“The maturity of our team and the relentlessness of our bench wore them down,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. “I’m really proud of our team. Everything is in front of us. These guys have bought in, and it starts with our seniors.”
Texas A&M: Caruso is the NCAA active leader in steals with 261. …The Aggies improve to 4-5 on the road this season. …House has made at least one 3-pointer in 18-consecutive games.
Missouri: Puryear’s 86.4 free-throw percentage ranks second in the SEC. …D’Angelo Allen and Jones were teammates at Kimball High School in Dallas. …This was Isabell’s second career start. His first was Mar. 11, 2015 in a 63-54 loss to South Carolina in the SEC tournament.
COURTSIDE: Former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was introduced at half court during a media timeout in the first half. After being named the 2014 SEC defensive player of the year, Ray was drafted 23rd overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2015 NFL draft. He recorded two tackles and a forced fumble in the Bronco’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Texas A&M visits Auburn Tuesday.
Missouri visits LSU Tuesday.