The Texas A&M men’s basketball team was desperately seeking a win after a three-game losing streak and a 65-53 win against Kansas State was just what the doctor ordered. The Wildcats went into the locker room at the half with a 30-26 lead, but the 18-3 run by the Aggies early in the second half put them ahead for good. Kansas State, now 15-5, tied for first in the Big 12 and with a five-game conference win streak, couldn’t stop the Aggies in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Cue the SEC chants.
The Aggies caught the Wildcats off guard defensively. Per ESPN, coach Billy Kennedy said, “We took a chance and played zone the whole game, and I thought it disrupted Kansas State and took them out of their offense.” In the second half, the Aggie offense overwhelmed Kansas State, starting with Wendell Mitchell. Mitchell scored a game-high 22 points, all in the second half, shooting 7-9 in the half.
Finishing strong and maintaining a lead has been an issue for the Aggies this season, most notably against Florida, but the offense had new life in the second half. In the first half, the Wildcats outscored the Aggies 16-14 in the paint, but Texas A&M finished with a 32-20 advantage. Texas A&M shot 51 percent against the Wildcats, which is only the third time this season they have shot above 50 percent in a game.
The Aggies desperately needed a win, and although it didn’t occur against a conference opponent, they showed signs of life and improved shooting from previous games. With only one conference win out of six SEC games, Texas A&M hopes to keep momentum continuing their home streak, with LSU coming to Reed Arena on Wednesday.
The No. 24 Texas A&M women’s basketball team beat the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats 73-71 on Sunday. Maci Morris and KeKe McKinney of Kentucky scored 22 and 21 points respectively, combining to score nine of Kentucky’s 11 three-balls. However, Chennedy Carter and Kayla Wells scored 20 points apiece and put the Aggies ahead by as much as 10 in the fourth quarter before Morris chipped away at the lead.
The Aggies are now 16-4 (5-2 in conference) and are third in the SEC. Kentucky fell to 17-4 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. Texas A&M has a five-game win streak, looking to make it six as Vanderbilt comes to town on Thursday.
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