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No. 7 Men’s Basketball’s Win Streak Ends in Desert, 67-64

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

PHOENIX — Deandre Ayton had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Arizona held on to beat No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64 on Tuesday night.

Arizona (6-3) picked up a big win against UNLV on Saturday and notched an even bigger one in front of a pro-Wildcats crowd that made Talking Stick Arena feel like McKale Center west.

It wasn’t easy.

Texas A&M (7-1) pulled within 63-62 on Tyler Davis’ jump-hook with 17 seconds left. Brandon Randolph twice hit 1 of 2 free throws, sandwiched around a travel by Davis, and Duane Wilson was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left. He made two after missing the first attempt, and Dylan Smith made two at the other end to put Arizona up 67-64.

Texas A&M’s Robert Williams missed badly on a long 3-pointer to send the Wildcats rushing off the bench and the Aggies to their first defeat.

Davis led the Aggies with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats had some shaky defensive moments and a rash of turnovers early but turned up the defensive pressure, holding the Aggies to 1-for-11 shooting during a 13-2 run to take a seven-point lead.

Texas A&M rallied as the Wildcats kept passing the ball to them on sloppy turnovers and took a 31-29 lead at halftime despite Williams going scoreless and taking one shot.

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy and center Tyler Davis

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POSTGAME NOTES

RECORDS / SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M dropped its first contest of the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, falling to Arizona 67-64 … the Aggies are now 7-1 on the season.
  • The all-time series between the schools now stands at 8-1 in favor of the Wildcats.

TEAM NOTES

  • A&M owed a 40-22 edge for points in the paint and collected a season-high-tying 10 steals vs. the Wildcats.
  • Arizona was able to get to the line in the contest, holding a 24-10 edge in free throw attempts.
  • The Aggies scored the final five points of the opening stanza to take a 31-29 lead into the intermission.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Duane WilsonAdmon GilderDJ Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the third time this season (2-1).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior Tyler Davis scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting to crack the 20-point mark for the eighth time in his career.
  • Graduate senior Duane Wilson added 14 points as well as a game-high five assists.
  • Sophomore Robert Williams notched two blocks to extend his nation-leading blocked shot streak to 37 games.
  • Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 122-86 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 333-265 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Saturday where they will host Prairie View A&M at 3:30 p.m. … the game will be available digitally on SEC Network PLUS.

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Posted by on Dec 5 2017. Filed under Sports.

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