However, the opening minutes of the game weren’t so easy to watch, as the Aggies missed their first 10 shots and were held scoreless for the first six minutes. Unfortunately for the Friars, they weren’t able to capitalize on the Aggies early drought, only scoring six points in the span.
The Friars led for a majority of the first half until the Aggies took a 22-21 lead and they never looked back. Despite a battle in the second half, the Friars never saw the lead again in the final 20-minutes. Texas A&M completely turned their offensive approach around after their opening drought, connecting on 26 of their next 42 shots (62%).
The Friars were led by Alpha Diallo and Rodney Bullock. The duo combined for 43 points and 12 rebounds, however, their phenomenal performances weren’t enough for the Friars to advance in the tournament.
The SEC is now 5-0 in the NCAA Tournament.