Aggies blast Big Blue, look to continue climb in SEC standings

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – ComebackSZN, it applies not only to Johnny Manziel, who was at Reed Arena Saturday, but to the Aggie men's basketball team.

A&M took down 24th ranked Kentucky in front of a frenzied crowd and evened their SEC record at 6-6 after starting 0-5.

Reed was rocking Saturday night.

13,263 fans, the 8th largest crowd in Arena history, saw the Aggies score 59 points in the second half on their way to an 85-74 win over Big Blue.

"It was definitely different; It was rocking," said Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy. "Our fans and students have been good to us all year and obviously were a big bonus for us tonight."

Forward Robert Williams added, "I was telling them before the game I think it was the first time we've been in a packed gym and the crowd was for us. I just told them to use that to our advantage."

The Aggies trailed by four after a poor shooting first half, but lit up the Wildcats in the second, hitting 7 of 9 three's and shooting 67 percent from the field on their way to a 23 point lead and an 11 point win.

"I mean it was just our night. We made shots and banked shots in really in the second half," Kennedy said.

The turnaround is far from complete, but a 6-6 conference record sure beats an 0-5 conference record. Opposing coaches continue to commend Billy Kennedy for his coaching job in keeping this team together

Kentucky head man John Calipari said, "What Billy's done, because of the injuries and the stuff that happened, to have his team now on the win streak, that's what coaching is. It's easy when things are going well. I want to know when you lose three or four, how you do now. What he's done, I told him prior to the game, 'man, an amazing job.'"

Another tough week looms for the Aggies with trips to Missouri Tuesday and Arkansas Saturday, but the one game at a time mantra seems to be serving this team well.

"Now we sitting at 6-6 so we've still got a hole to dig out of, but we playing well right now so we've got to keep it going," said forward D.J. Hogg.

Williams added, "I think it just falls under the humility category, keeping it in the team humbling ourselves, not getting a big head about it. We took down the number eight team but at the same time, like he said, we're 6-6 we've still got a lot to dig out so just try to play every game like we played out there today."