COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Anthony Jones blew a chance to give Baylor the lead near the end of regulation when he stepped out of bounds.
So when given a second chance to come through in overtime, he knew he had to take it.
Jones' layup with 3.1 seconds left in the extra session lifted Baylor to a 76-74 win over No. 16 Texas A&M on Saturday.
``I felt like I let my teammates down by stepping out of bounds, so it was important to make up for that,' Jones said.
Perry Jones, who led the Bears (15-7, 5-4 Big 12) with a season-high 27 points, gave them a 74-73 lead with his 3-point play with just over a minute left in overtime. Texas A&M's B.J. Holmes made one of two free throw attempts to tie it at 74.
Texas A&M got the ball back, but Middleton was called for a foul for pushing off as he drove to the basket, setting up the shot by Jones. He got the offensive rebound off a missed shot by LaceDarius Dunn just before the shot clock expired and hit the eventual game-winner.
A.J. Walton stole the ball from Khris Middleton as the Aggies tried for a desperation shot.
Baylor coach Scott Drew was impressed with the maturity his young team showed in the win.
``Early in the year, in crunch time, we would lose,' Drew said. ``I think we're getting better in operating in crunch time. I just really liked the fight our guys had today.'
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon raved about the play of Perry Jones, a freshman, and Drew talked about his development.
``He's starting to demand the ball more, getting confident and the team's done a better job of getting him the ball,' he said, ``and we're going to need it.'
Perry Jones couldn't keep a smile off his face after the win, and said winning in College Station was like ``winning a championship.'
Holmes finished with 19 points to lead Texas A&M (17-5, 4-4). Dunn scored 17 for Baylor and Anthony Jones and Quincy Acy had 10 points apiece.
The Aggies tied it 69-all on a 3-pointer by Nathan Walkup with 48 seconds remaining. Anthony Jones stepped out of bounds on the other end, giving Texas A&M the ball back with 19 seconds remaining. Walkup had a chance for the win, but his 3-point attempt fell short.
``It was frustrating because we didn't start the game off right and had to fight our way back the whole game,' Middleton said. ``Everyone knows we should have came out playing better.'
It was the first overtime game between these teams since a 116-110 win by Baylor in five overtimes in 2008. The victory snapped a three-game road losing streak for Baylor and was Texas A&M's fourth loss in five games.
``We've been struggling on the road all year,' Anthony Jones said. ``To come in here in a hostile environment we knew whether it was 40, 45, 50 minutes, we were going to come out with a win.'
The Aggies made just 18 of 30 free throw attempts, including three misses in overtime.
Perry Jones made a pair of free throws that made it 69-63 with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The Bears didn't score for the rest of the period to allow Texas A&M to tie it.
The Bears used a 16-6 spurt to extend a one-point lead to a 63-52 advantage midway through the second half. The Bears had a pair of 3s in that span while Texas A&M's shooting went cold.
The Aggies went on an 8-2 after that while the Bears didn't hit a field goal for more than four minutes to cut the lead to 65-60 with 6 1/2 minutes to go.
Baylor was up by 14 with about five minutes left in the first half before the Aggies used a 15-4 run to cut the lead to 43-40 at halftime. Texas A&M frazzled Baylor with its full-court press in that span, getting three steals off of it including two straight in the last minute.
``We started another game awful and gave them confidence,' Turgeon said. ``Our defense was atrocious until about the 10 minutes mark of the game and then it was really good. But it was just too late.'
Texas A&M's leading scorer, Middleton rebounded from a shutout performance in Monday's loss to No. 3 Texas with 18 points and nine rebounds. David Loubeau added 15 points for the Aggies.
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