COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Jalen Jones scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Texas A&M to a 66-53 victory over Missouri on Saturday, extending the Aggies’ winning streak to 10 games.
Missouri (8-11, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) led by two points when Jones scored eight straight points to give A&M (17-2, 7-0) a 44-38 lead with about 13 minutes left. Jones started that stretch with his second 3-point play of the half and capped it with a 3-pointer. The Tigers missed six straight shots and went 5 minutes without scoring as the Aggies built the lead.
Ryan Rosburg finally broke Missouri’s scoring drought with a dunk with just under 10 minutes left, but Jones made his third three-point play of the half to start a 10-0 run that made it 54-40 with less than 7 minutes remaining and the Tigers didn’t threaten again.
Wes Clark had 12 points for Missouri, which dropped its fourth straight.
Texas A&M’s winning streak is its longest since it won 13 straight from Nov. 26, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011, and its 7-0 start in the SEC is its best conference start since it also started 7-0 in 1993-94 to begin Southwest Conference play.
Jones struggled in the first half, missing all three of his field goal attempts, and making three free throws. He had no such trouble in the second half when he scored almost half of A&M’s points to fuel the victory.
The Tigers couldn’t find a rhythm offensively in the second half and went more than 3 1/2 minutes without scoring after the dunk by Rosburg that ended an even longer stretch without scoring.
Danuel House added 17 points and had a career-high seven assists for A&M, which hasn’t lost since Dec. 5.
Missouri scored the first eight points of the second half, with the first four from Kevin Puryear and the last four from Rosburg, to take a 33-29 lead with 17 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Aggies finally got on the board in the second half with a three-point play by Jones soon after and a jump shot that House made under heavy pressure just before the shot clock expired cut the lead to 35-34 about a minute later.
The Tigers led by two after a layup from Puryear with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The Aggies went on an 8-1 run, capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Admon Gilder and D.J. Hogg, to take a 25-20 lead.
Namon Wright hit a jump shot near the end of the first half to cut A&M’s lead to 29-25 at halftime.
Missouri: Rosburg, who had 10 points, fouled out with about 4 1/2 minutes left. … Puryear finished with 11 points and six rebounds. … The Tigers made just 3 of 19 3-point attempts.
Texas A&M: Alex Caruso had five assists and four rebounds. … A&M’s bench outscored Missouri’s 21-5. … Tavario Miller had 10 rebounds.
Missouri: Visits No. 23 Kentucky on Wednesday.
Texas A&M: Visits Arkansas on Wednesday.