Texas A&M vs. Washington State 2012: Cougars lose, 55-54, on last-second shot

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Elston Turner hit the winning three-pointer with two seconds left as the Cougars fell short on Tuesday, 55-54.

The Washington State Cougars lost on a last-second shot by Texas A&M in the consolation game of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. on Tuesday night. Senior Texas A&M guard Elston Turner drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left to give the Aggies the 55-54 win.

Washington State forward D.J. Shelton had a chance to force overtime but missed one of two free throws with 17.5 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a 54-52 lead. Texas A&M drove down the court and got the ball into Turner's hands to rebound from the team's loss to Saint Louis the night before.

The Cougars defense held strong much of the game, holding Texas A&M to 37 percent shooting from the field, but the offense couldn't get much going. The Cougars led for much of the game, but that lead only peaked at six points, as they couldn't quite shake the Aggies.

Pre-season Wooden Award candidate Brock Motum had 15 points and five rebounds. Guard Dexter Kernich-Drew led the Cougars with 16 points.

Turner transferred to Texas A&M after two years with the Washington Huskies. He only went 2-of-13 from the field, but made his shots count. Forward Ray Turner led the Aggies with 14 points.

The loss drops the Cougars to 2-3. Their next matchup is against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Saturday.

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