Jayhawks Beat Aggies, 65-60

Jan. 5, 2005

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas men’s basketball team opened up the Big 12 season with a 65-60 win over visiting Texas A&M, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shot just 41 percent from the field in the game but hit a season best 22-of-27 from the free throw line to seal the win.

At the break, Kansas (10-0) led the Aggies 29-24. The game remained close in the second half with the score being tied on six different occasions. KU freshman Alex Galindo hit the biggest shot of his young career when he nailed a three from the top of the key with 40 seconds remaining to give the Jayhawks the lead for good.

Senior guard Aaron Miles led the Jayhawks with 15 points and a game-high five assists. KU had just one other player in double figures as senior Michael Lee scored 10 points off the bench.

The KU bench outscored A&M’s reserves 28-2. Galindo scored eight points while junior Moulaye Niang contributed 11 solid minutes with four points and six rebounds.

“Texas A&M is a good team that played very well tonight,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “I am really proud of our guys because we didn’t play our best, but we were able to piece together a win.

“Our young guys really stepped up tonight and gained a lot of confidence from this game,” Self added.

For the Aggies, Joseph Jones led all scorers with 16 points. Antoine Wright and Acie Law each scored 14 points in the loss.

Kansas will be outside of the state for the first time this season when it travels to Lexington, Kentucky Sunday for a showdown with the Kentucky Wildcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.