No. 6 Oklahoma Beats Texas A&M 69-63

Saturday, January 17th 2009, 7:08 pm
By: News On 6

Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Austin Johnson had 19 points and Blake Griffin added 16 and No. 6 Oklahoma held off a late rally by Texas A&M for a 69-63 victory Saturday.

Oklahoma (17-1, 3-0 Big 12) led from start to finish, but allowed Texas A&M to cut a 13-point second-half lead to two on a 3-pointer by Donald Sloan with about 2 minutes remaining.

Johnson pushed the lead to 62-57 with a 3-pointer about 30 seconds later and Johnson had four free throws and Griffin added two to secure the Sooners' fifth straight win.

Griffin was forced to the bench several times after he got into early foul trouble. He entered the game leading the league in rebounding with almost 14 a game, but grabbed just six on Saturday.

Josh Carter had 17 points for the Aggies (15-3, 1-2), who had won 11 straight at home.