No. 4 Kansas beats Texas A&M 66-58

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22 2012 9:20 p.m. MST

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy, center, reacts after a foul call against his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in College Station, Texas. Kansas beat Texas A&M 66-58.

David J. Phillip, Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Elijah Johnson scored 21 points and Tyshawn Taylor made key plays down the stretch to help No. 4 Kansas fight off a late run by Texas A&M for a 66-58 victory Wednesday night.

Kansas (23-5, 13-2 Big 12) led by as many as 21 points in the second half before a big run by the Aggies got them within striking distance.

A 3-pointer by Dash Harris cut the Kansas lead to four points, but Taylor made the first of two free throws to leave Kansas up 61-56 with about a minute remaining.

Johnson added a free throw before Thomas Robinson fouled out on a technical he received during a scuffle between players when they were trying to secure a loose ball.

Elston Turner made both free throws to make it 62-58 with 40 seconds left, but Jeff Withey scored four points after that to guarantee the win.

Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (13-14, 4-11) with 23 points.

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