Texas A&M survives slow start, beats South Alabama 74-62

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Savion Flagg scored a game-high 25 points and Texas A&M snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-62 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.

The Aggies (2-4) trailed by four a little more than midway through the first half before closing on a tear against the outsized Jaguars (3-3). A&M outscored South Alabama 26-6 over the final nine minutes to grab a 43-27 halftime lead, one the Aggies wouldn't come close to relinquishing.

Flagg did much of the work himself in the first half, scoring 19 points over the first 20 minutes by making 9-of-11 from the field. Rodrick Sikes added 21 points for South Alabama.

A&M held overwhelming advantages in rebounds (38-21) and points in the paint (44-26), and Aggies forward Josh Nebo had seven of the team's nine blocks.

BIG PICTURE

A&M: A&M played again without senior guard Admon Gilder, who missed his sixth consecutive game to start the season with an undisclosed medical condition. They still appear lost at times without their veteran leader, especially in the early going.

The Aggies, who get a bit of a break after playing four games in nine days, needed this victory as a morale boost after dropping their previous four games, including three in the final minutes.

South Alabama: The Jaguars gained valuable experience in facing an SEC foe on the road, even if Reed Arena was less than half full for the slow-starting Aggies. South Alabama also can take heart from its strong start against the Aggies, in leaping to a 12-6 lead four minutes into the game, and before the larger Aggies could find their footing.

UP NEXT

A&M gets a little break and stays at home, next playing host to Northwestern (La.) State on Dec. 3.

USA tries to get back on track on the road at Southern Mississippi on Wednesday.