Aggies Fall to Hot-Shooting Buffaloes at Myrtle Beach Invitational

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 3:56 PM CST
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CONWAY, S.C. (KBTX) - The No. 24 Texas A&M men’s basketball team fell to the Colorado Buffaloes, 103-75, in the second round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Friday at the HTC Center on the Coastal Carolina University campus.

The Aggies struggled from the field offensively and were unable to slow down the Buffalo attack that connected on 57.6% of their shots, including 50.0% from the 3-point line. Texas A&M, which fell to 2-2, was up 14-12 at the 13:43 mark of the first half but the Buffaloes (3-2) took control of the game after that as they surged to a 21-point lead at halftime and never looked back.

Offensively, the Aggies had three players in double figures in points with junior Hayden Hefner posting a team-high 13 points in just over 19 minutes of action. Freshman Solomon Washington and junior transfer Julius Marble paced the team with five rebounds. Graduate Tyrece Radford was perfect again from the free throw line with a 4-of-4 effort and has made 16 straight free throws dating back to the Abilene Christian game.

“We had not near enough competitive character,” Head Coach Buzz Williams said. “We gave up 88 points yesterday, Murray State shot 50 percent from the field. Today 103 points, Colorado shot 58 percent from the field. What we want to be about and what we want our identity to be about and what we’ve practiced before we came here has not been evident since we’ve been here. I don’t have the answer, I understand I’m responsible for trying to figure out that answer and will be held accountable. The tenets on what our defense is built on, we haven’t executed at any level since we’ve been here. We need our defense to help our offense and we’ve been doing it or trying to do it in an inverse way. At this level that won’t work. Whether there is defense or not, to shoot 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3, whatever level of defense that would be considered, it’s not near good enough.”

The Aggies will finish play at the MBI with a 3:30 p.m. contest on Sunday vs. the loser of the Boise State-Loyola Chicago (8:30 p.m./Friday) . The game will be streamed on ESPN+.