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Recap: Texas A&M 12-2
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/02/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 26 points, and Arizona rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit to defeat No. 9 Texas A&M 78-67 on Sunday, handing the Aggies their first loss.

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Bayless, a freshman from Phoenix, has led Arizona in scoring in four of his first seven college games. He also had six assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

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Chase Budinger added 19 points and Jordan Hill had 13 for the Wildcats (5-2), who won for only the second time in their last eight home games against major-conference opponents.

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Trailing 60-59 with 6 minutes to play, the Wildcats scored 12 of the next 16 points to take command. The Aggies scored one basket in the final 4:10.

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Josh Carter scored 17 points and Joseph Jones had 13 for Texas A&M (7-1).

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The Wildcats took a quick 5-2 lead but then went more than six minutes until their next field goal. The Aggies went on a 17-1 run during that stretch to take a 19-6 lead midway through the half.

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Texas A&M stretched its lead to 32-12 before Bayless began to assert himself. He scored seven straight points to spark 16-6 run and cut the Aggies' lead to 40-28 at halftime.

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Bayless scored the first four points after intermission on a pair of free throws and a fallaway jumper as the Wildcats pulled within 40-32.

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Midway through the second half, Arizona took a 51-47 lead on an 11-0 run capped by 3-pointers from Jawann McClellan and Budinger.

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Meanwhile, the Wildcats turned up their defensive effort. After letting Texas A&M shoot 60 percent from the floor in the first half, Arizona limited the Aggies to 34.5 percent (10-for-29) after intermission.

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It was Arizona's seventh game under interim coach Kevin O'Neill, who replaced Lute Olson when the Hall of Famer went on a personal leave of absence on Nov. 4. Olson has attended practices, but his return to the sideline is not known.

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The victory came seven days after Arizona lost in overtime at then-No. 4 Kansas.

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