LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A hostile crowd. A big shot. A season on
All in a day's work for Acie Law.
The Texas A&M point guard whose cool demeanor earned him the
nickname "Captain Clutch," did it again. Law took over late and
led the Aggies past Louisville 72-69 Saturday in the second round
of the South Regional.
The third-seeded Aggies (27-6) reached the round of 16 for the
first time in 27 years, surviving a raucous Rupp Arena crowd.
Rick Pitino's Cardinals had their chances, too. Especially Edgar
Sosa scored 31 points but, after going 15-for-15 from the foul
line, missed two free throws with 30 seconds left and Louisville
trailing by a point.
The sixth-seeded Cardinals (24-10) caught a break when Texas
A&M's Joseph Jones missed two free throws at the other end. Sosa
got another chance, but hit the back of the rim on a long 3-point
With a large sea of red-clad Louisville fans who made the short
trip to Rupp screaming, Law made two free throws with 1.7 seconds
to go, giving him 26 points.
Sosa's halfcourt heave bounced off the top of the backboard at
the buzzer, setting off a celebration for the Aggies.
In the end, Law and the Aggies were simply too tough, too
poised, too ready to make the next step under third-year coach
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