Aggies Survive Plucky Miners
Michigan State beats Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee crushes Arkansas-Monticello
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2007 1:36 AM CST
Texas A&M's Josh Carter (23) shoots while guarded by Texas-El Paso's Jeremy Sampson during the first half of their basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.(AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a back and forth game decided in the final minutes of play, Texas A&M edged out a gritty UTEP team last night, 81-76. The No.15 Aggies survived a dismal first half, in which they made just 10 field goals, and were aided greatly by the efforts of Josh Carter, who had 23 points, including a crucial late three-pointer. In other Top 25 action:

  • No.7 Tennessee hammered the Division II Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils 101-44, shooting 60 percent from the floor on their way to a 2-0 record, after a win against Temple last Friday
  • Despite trailing 57-56 with 13:46 to play, No.12 Michigan State surged back to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 83-65, surviving the Warhawks' 14 three-pointers and Jordan Payne's 27 points.