AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari hates that his team lost on Saturday in large part because of a late technical foul on Isaac Humphries.
However, Calipari isn’t mad at Humphries for what happened.
Tyler Davis’ putback at the buzzer gave Texas A&M a 79-77 win over No. 14 Kentucky in overtime after the technical on Humphries cost the Wildcats the lead in the final seconds.
With the clock winding down, Danuel House drove into traffic and missed a contested shot that hit the front of the rim. The ball caromed directly to Davis, who banked in a layup as time expired.
The freshman center finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Anthony Collins missed a shot with 9 seconds left for Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference), and Humphries pulled down the rebound with the Wildcats up by one. But after the Aggies fouled him, he slammed the ball to the court and was whistled for a technical that fouled him out.
Calipari said that play “sullied” an otherwise good game, but insisted he wasn’t upset with Humphries.
“I was fine,” Calipari said. “He was celebrating. He was so happy. There was no disrespect to anybody. There was nothing. So if that’s what they choose to call, what are you going to do? You can be mad or whatever but I’m not mad at that kid. Great kid. Are you kidding me?”
House made both free throws after the technical to give A&M a 77-76 lead. Skal Labissiere hit one of two foul shots for Kentucky (20-7, 10-4) to tie it before the final possession.
Humphries didn’t speak to reporters but tweeted “I will learn from this” about 30 minutes after the game.
Wildcats teammate Tyler Ulis also took up for Humphries.
“He kept saying, ‘Sorry,’ but I kept saying: ‘There’s nothing to be sorry about,’” Ulis said. “You can’t blame this on Isaac.”
Ulis had 22 points and 11 assists for Kentucky, which had won four straight.
Jalen Jones led A&M with 24 points.
Jamal Murray scored four straight points to put Kentucky up 72-70 in overtime. A three-point play by Jones gave A&M a 73-72 lead with less than 3 minutes left in OT.
Humphries made a pair of free throws to help Kentucky regain the lead before House hit two that put the Aggies up 75-74 with 1:36 left.
Ulis sank a jumper to give Kentucky a 76-75 edge with 1:11 remaining.
Marcus Lee tied it at 68 with an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Ulis with 43.9 seconds left in the second half.
Lee blocked a layup attempt by House, and Davis fouled Lee, sending him to the line with 31 seconds to go. But his free throw bounced off the rim.
The Aggies had a chance to win in regulation, but House missed a jump shot.
Murray added 21 points for Kentucky, and Humphries had six points and 12 rebounds.
Kentucky led by three after scoring four straight points early in the second half. House and Jones then made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions sandwiched around a monster dunk by Lee for a 45-44 lead.
A 3-pointer by Ulis gave Kentucky a one-point lead a couple of minutes after that, but A&M scored the next seven points to make it 55-49.
That basket was the first of seven straight points for the Aggies, pushing the lead to 55-49.
The Aggies were up by seven soon after that when they were called for a technical after a foul. Ulis made all four free throws to cut the lead to 59-55 with 11 minutes remaining.
Ulis made it six points in a row when he hit a layup to get Kentucky within two.
The Aggies led by two after a three-point play by Alex Caruso near the end of the first half. Derek Willis hit a 3 to give the Wildcats a 36-35 lead at halftime.
Kentucky: Murray, who made four 3s on Saturday, has hit at least one in every game this season. … Willis sprained his right ankle midway through the second half. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and was helped off the court and immediately taken into the locker room. … Ulis had at least four assists for a school-record 21st straight game.
Texas A&M: The Aggies reached 20 wins for 15th time in school history and ninth time in 12 seasons. … The Aggies had 22 second-chance points to 11 by Kentucky.
The Wildcats remain in first place in the SEC despite the loss, but have a difficult upcoming schedule with two of their next three games on the road. Calipari joked about the rigors of the conference.
“In this league, it’s the hardest league in the country to win a road game,” he said. “Our schedule is brutal from here on. We’ve got the Bulls on Tuesday and then we’re playing the Lakers on Saturday.”
Kentucky hosts Alabama on Tuesday.
Texas A&M hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday.