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ASU Basketball: Turnovers prove costly in Sun Devils' 72-71 loss to Texas A&M

ASU couldn't keep its lead down the stretch.

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Turnovers and foul trouble allowed the Aggies to climb back into the game, and the maroon and gold couldn't keep their composure down the stretch, losing 72-71 to Texas A&M Saturday afternoon in College Station

Eric Jacobsen played most of the second half with four fouls and the Aggies continued to chip away after ASU held a comfortable lead, eventually taking a 63-62 advantage with six minutes left in the game when guard Alex Robinson hit a three-pointer. ASU retook the lead 69-68 with 2:43 to play. Texas A&M tied it with a free throw at 69 less than a minute later.

With 47 seconds to play, Aggies' guard Alex Caruso gave Texas A&M the 71-69 lead before Tra Holder tied it up at 71. Jacobsen then drew a questionable blocking call with five seconds left. Kourtney Roberson sank one of two from the line and Tra Holder missed a prayer to seal the win for Texas A&M.

ASU once held a 54-41 lead with 15:38 to play. The Sun Devils turned the ball over 17 times, which the Aggies took advantage of in the form of 22 points off turnovers. Tra Holder led the way for the maroon and gold with 14 points, five assists and three rebounds. Jon Gilling and Bo Barnes added 12 points each. ASU had 38 points off the bench in the loss and couldn't stop Caruso who had 23 points, six assists, six rebounds and six steals for the Aggies.

The Sun Devils shot very well in the early going, but the shots stopped falling in the second half. ASU was 12 of of 29 from three-point range and 25 of 47 overall from the field. They also won 30 to 22 on the boards. ASU has yet to win a road game this season.

The team will face Pepperdine Saturday at home with tip off slated for 12 p.m. MT.