Kentucky outlasts A&M for 72-68 overtime win

Kentucky outlasts A&M for 72-68 overtime win
February 2, 2013, 8:52 pm
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Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) is fouled by Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Reed Arena on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Freshman Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and Julius Mays also scored 19, including five in overtime, to lead Kentucky to a 72-68 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.

The Wildcats (15-6, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) led by one point before Mays made two free throws with 15 seconds left. Texas A&M (13-8, 3-5) had a chance to tie it after that, but Elston Turner's 3-pointer bounced off the rim with 5 seconds left. Mays added another free throw with a second left to secure the win.

The Wildcats opened overtime with a 7-1 run thanks to a jump shot by Noel and five free throws to take a 69-63 lead.

Turner's 3-pointer with about 2 minutes left in overtime got A&M within 69-66.

Kourtney Roberson's layup made it 69-68 with 16 seconds left before the free throws by Mays.