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Recap: Texas AM , Oklahoma
Date: March 06, 2010 12:00 PM EDT
  

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Khris Middleton scored 15 points, Bryan Davis added 13 points and 10 rebounds and No. 23 Texas A&M dominated the paint for a 69-54 victory against tumbling Oklahoma on Saturday.

Texas A&M outscored the Sooners 38-16 in the paint and shot 52 percent while winning for the eighth time in their last 10 games. Oklahoma (13-17, 4-12) has allowed its last seven opponents to shoot at least 50 percent during an eight-game losing streak, the school's longest since February 1969.

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The Aggies (22-8, 11-5 Big 12) got Oklahoma's frontcourt players in foul trouble early and then pulled away after Tiny Gallon injured his right ankle on a blocked shot against Middleton early in the second half.

Tommy Mason-Griffin scored 16 points to lead Oklahoma. Andrew Fitzgerald and senior Ryan Wright, playing his final home game at Lloyd Noble Center, scored 10 apiece.

Davis led the Aggies back from a nine-point deficit in the first half, and A&M used a 9-0 run early in the second half to take control.

Middleton hit a 3-pointer from the left side and B.J. Holmes followed with a three-point play and a 3-pointer from the right wing as Texas A&M built a 50-38 lead.

Middleton then followed Ray Turner's two-handed follow dunk with four straight points as the Aggies pushed their advantage to 64-48 with 5:58 remaining.

Texas A&M entered the weekend in a three-way tie for third place and moved closer to locking up one of the Big 12's four first-round byes in next week's conference tournament. The Aggies still had to wait for the rest of the conference's games Saturday to play out to find out where they'll be seeded.

Mark Turgeon, coaching his 100th game for the Aggies, moved to 70-30 at the school.

Tony Crocker, a four-year starter for the Sooners who was also playing his last home game, had four points before fouling out with 5:58 to play while preventing Middleton's dunk on a breakaway.

Oklahoma used an 11-1 burst that featured three 3-pointers before Mason-Griffin's driving layup pushed the lead to 23-14 with 8:10 left in the first half. Davis led the Aggies back with eight points, including three dunks, in a 14-3 charge and A&M led 36-32 at halftime.

The Sooners were within two when Gallon came down awkwardly after blocking Middleton's jumper from the right side. With Wright, Crocker and Fitzgerald all facing foul trouble, he returned to play but was clearly limping.

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