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House’s 20 Leads No. 5 Aggies to 72-62 Win over No. 14 Cyclones

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Danuel House scored 20 points, including a go-ahead 3 late in the second half that sent No. 5 Texas A&M over No. 14 Iowa State 72-62 Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Aggies (18-3) trailed 58-56 before House hit from beyond the arc with about four minutes left. On their next possession, the senior guard worked his way inside for a layup.

House’s two free throws with 2:29 remaining made it 63-58. House later missed a short jumper, and freshman Tyler Davis tipped it in for a seven-point lead.

Star forward Georges Niang scored 15 points for the Cyclones (16-5). He picked up his fourth foul with 11:43 left in the second half, and fouled out with 1:39 to go and A&M leading 65-60.

Niang, guarded most of the game by Jalen Jones, was held five points below his average.

Jones had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Davis scored 15 points for Texas A&M.

The Aggies, who left the Big 12 for the SEC in the summer of 2012, finished 4-0 against the Big 12 this season. They defeated old conference foes Texas, Kansas State, Baylor and now Iowa State.

The teams hadn’t played since February 2012, just prior to the Aggies leaving the Big 12.

Deonte Burton added 11 points for the Cyclones. They had 16 turnovers, including five by Abdel Nader.

The Aggies dominated in points off of turnovers (21-4), and held a 40-34 edge in points in the paint.

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Postgame Notes
#5 Texas A&M 72, #14 Iowa State 62
Jan. 30, 2016 ? Reed Arena (College Station, Texas)

? Texas A&M improved to 18-3 on the season following a 72-62 win over No. 14 Iowa State at Reed Arena Saturday during the Big 12-SEC Challenge.
? The victory was A&M’s third over a ranked opponent this season – having already defeated No. 10 Gonzaga (62-61 on Nov. 26) and No. 16 Baylor (80-61 on Dec. 19).
? Additionally, the victory was the Aggies’ fourth over a Big 12 squad this season … Texas A&M is 4-0 vs. its former conference in 2015-16 with wins over Texas, Kansas State, Baylor and Iowa State.
? The all-time series between the Aggies and Cyclones now stands at 11-9 in favor of Texas A&M.
? The crowd of 12,473 was the largest to attend a regular season non-conference game at Reed Arena, topping the previous high of 12,255 vs LSU on Jan. 5, 2008.

TEAM NOTES                                         
? The tightly-contested affair featured nine ties and 15 lead changes with the biggest advantage for either team being 10 points by A&M in the game’s final minute.
? The Aggies forced 16 Cyclone turnovers, leading to a 21-4 advantage for A&M in points off turnovers.
? The game was deadlocked 30-30 at the intermission.
? Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Anthony Collins, Alex Caruso, Danuel House, Jalen Jones and Tyler Davis for the eighth time this season (7-1).

? Senior Danuel House lead all scorers, contributing 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field … It stood out as the 12thtime House has hit the 20-point mark during his A&M career.
? Fellow senior Jalen Jones notched his 14th career double-double [third this season / fifth at Texas A&M] by scoring 13 points and pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds.
? Freshman Tyler Davis also reached double-digit points, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
? Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy captured his 300th career victory, improving to 89-64 in his fifth season at Texas A&M and 300-243 in 18 seasons as head coach.

? Texas A&M jumps back into SEC play next week with a road trip to Nashville when the Aggies will face Vanderbilt on Thursday inside Memorial Gym … Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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