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Aggies Top Ole Miss for Seventh Straight Win, 67-51

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:09 PM CST
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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Texas A&M used a 19-3 run midway through the second half to pull away from Ole Miss and the Aggies cruised to their seventh straight win, 67-51, Tuesday night at Reed Arena.

The Aggies are now 3-0 to start conference play for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

A&M was led in scoring by Henry Coleman III with 18 points and 6 rebounds, 14 of those points came in the first half. Coleman made 9 of his 10 field goal attempts. Tyrece Radford added 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Quenton Jackson and Wade Taylor IV each chipped in 9 points. Marcus Williams had a game-high 8 assists.

Texas A&M will hit the road on Saturday to take on Missouri before coming back to Reed Arena to host #18 Kentucky next Wednesday.

Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Texas A&M 67, Ole Miss 51

Reed Arena (Bryan-College Station, Texas)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

· Texas A&M defeated Ole Miss, 67-51, Tuesday night inside Reed Arena.

· The Aggies improved to 14-2 on the season and 3-0 in the SEC.

· Texas A&M is 10-0 at home for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

· The Aggies are 8-4 against Ole Miss all-time.

TEAM NOTES

· To begin the game, Texas A&M went on an 8-2 scoring run over the first 2:57.

· The Aggies recorded a 62.5% field goal percentage during the first half, marking their best first half percentage this season.

· During the second half A&M went on a 14-1 scoring run to extend their lead to 53-38 over the course of 3:08.

· The Maroon-and-White outscored the Rebels in the paint, 42-24.

· A&M’s bench outscored Ole Miss, 22-9, and has led the opposition in scoring for 15 consecutive games this season.

· The Aggies outrebounded the Rebels, 31-28, and are 9-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

· The Aggies used the starting lineup of Marcus Williams, Ethan Henderson, Henry Coleman III, Andre Gordon and Tyrece Radford for the fourth time this season (4-0).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

· Henry Coleman III made his first seven field goal attempts and shot an efficient 9-of-10 from the floor as he led the Aggies in scoring with 18 points.

· Coleman III also led the Aggies in rebounds for the sixth time this season with six.

· Tyrece Radford put up 12 points and hauled in a team-high six rebounds.

· Radford also tied his career high in three-pointers-made with two.

· Marcus Williams led the Maroon-and-White in assists with eight, tying his season high.

· Quenton Jackson scored nine points and was perfect from the charity stripe for the sixth time this season.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M takes on Missouri on Saturday at Mizzou Arena at 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen on SEC Network.

Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Buzz Williams

Opening Statement…

“I thought our energy in the second half was noticeably different than the first half. I thought that was the difference in the game. I thought in the first half we were too lackadaisical against their zone pressure. I didn’t think our guards did a very good job rebounding the ball and I thought in the second half we were much more engaged, played with a lot more energy. Everybody did. Our guards were distinctly different on the glass and I think that that was the difference.”

On not just keeping, but extending their lead…

“We talked at halftime. We weren’t playing terribly but in order for us to have any chance for success, we have to be hard-playing, diving on the floor, most dap of any team in the country. We weren’t awful but not super excited. I thought we started the second half better, but as we were getting closer to the first media timeout, I think we had three of our six turnovers right there were almost back-to-back. Then I thought from that point forward from an offensive standpoint, we executed at a much higher rate and didn’t turn it over which helped the lead.”

Junior Guard Tyrece Radford

On what they can improve on…

“We could’ve done better on our defensive rebounds. They got way too many offensive rebounds in the first half. We could’ve done better there. We make a big emphasis on rebounding because we got height, but we try to get our guards to get more rebounds to help the team. So I feel like that’s what we could’ve done better at.”

On getting low on the shot clock…

“I think it was just not rushing it even though when the shot clock runs down it puts more pressure on you. I think I did a good job with just staying calm and handling the situation right.”

Sophomore Forward Henry Coleman III

On what they’ve learned about the team…

“I think that we’re a hungry team. We’re a team that’s still young. I think we’re all learning as a team how to be the best version of Texas A&M and I think that’s something that we’ll hopefully be able to learn quickly. In every game, we learn something new. If we continue to keep growing and learning as a team and individually, I think we’ll hopefully achieve our end-of-season goals.”

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