COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Bryan Davis scored 22 points and B.J. Holmes hit three late 3-pointers to lead Texas A&M to a 78-71 victory over No. 20 Baylor on Saturday.
The Bears (17-5, 4-4 Big 12) led for most of the game until Baylor was able to rally behind the key 3-pointers by Holmes.
Texas A&M (17-6, 6-3), the Big 12’s worst 3-point shooting team, stayed true to form for most of the game, finishing 4 of 18 from behind the arc. But Holmes, a 5-foot-11 junior, made 3s with 5:19 and 4:52 remaining to bring the Aggies within one point each time.
The Aggies, who won their third straight, took the lead at 65-64 on a free throw by Davis with 3:21 remaining, and Donald Sloan the went 7 of 8 from the free throw line over the final 3:02. Holmes came through again from long range with 1:31 remaining, when his 3-pointer gave A&M a 72-66 lead.
LaceDarius Dunn led the Bears with 23 points.
Sloan finished with 20 points for the Aggies, who entered the game shooting 64.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Baylor guard Tweety Carter entered the game averaging 17 points, but was held to 10 on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. Baylor forward Ekpe Udoh scored 19 points, but only five came in the second half.
Baylor played a zone defense for most of the game, which gave the Aggies fits for half of the first half, as they scored only six points in the game’s first 9 minutes.