Tuesday night, the Aggies took on the Florida Gators, looking to bounce back after a brutal 43-66 loss to Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers had no SEC wins prior and the Aggies’ 26 percent shooting from the field helped Missouri pick up their first win. Per ESPN, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy issued an apology for the Aggies’ performance, “I want to apologize to our fans and the 12thMan for our effort. It was obviously poor.” Clearly, the Aggies entered their next matchup against Florida desperately looking for answers. Although the Aggies came out motivated and with a stronger performance, it was still not enough to pick up a win and get back on track.
The Aggies started the first half with something to prove, with an immense improvement in shooting. Texas A&M went into the locker room with a 46-33 lead, shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 63 percent from behind the arc. Wendell Mitchell had a team high 17 points in the first half. Things looked promising for the Aggies, but the Gators picked a bad night to get hot.
The Gators were 18 of 37 behind the three-point line, going 11 for 15 in the second half. This erased the Texas A&M lead, led by KeVaughn Allen and Noah Locke. Allen had 31 points and hit 8 of 10 from the three-point line, including a dagger late in the game to put the Gators up seven. Locke had 27, a new career high, and went 7 of 13 from behind the arc. According to ESPN, “it was most combined 3-pointers for any two players in school history.”
It was a tough break for the Aggies to face the Gators on a record-breaking night, especially after a solid first half and improved shooting all around. Wendell Mitchell finished with 25 points for the Aggies and Jay Jay Chandler contributed another 15, but it was not enough to keep pace with the Gators’ hot shooting. Texas A&M fell 72-81 to the Gators.
The Aggies’ 46 points in the first half was three points higher than their total points in the loss to Missouri. Fans are hoping that the worst is in the past and the performance against Florida will give the Aggies life in games to come.
The Aggies head home to Reed Arena for three consecutive home games, starting with Kansas State on Saturday.
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