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Aggies Fall Just Short at Kentucky, 74-73

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Washington made a steal that led to Kevin Knox’s go-ahead layup with 2:28 left, then added four points down the stretch to help No. 21 Kentucky rally past Texas A&M 74-73 on Tuesday night.

Trailing 59-53 with 8:43 remaining, the Wildcats clawed back to tie the game three times before Washington stole a high pass and fed Knox for a 69-67 lead. Washington added a layup between two free throws for a 73-69 edge.

The Aggies weren’t done, taking advantage of missed Kentucky free throws to get within a point with four seconds left on Robert Williams‘ tip-in. Two Washington misses at the line set up a final chance for Texas A&M, but a long pass sailed out of bounds as time expired.

Hamidou Diallo had 18 points, Washington and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 16 each and Knox got 15 as Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from last weekend’s loss at No. 24 Tennessee. Gilgeous-Alexander also had seven rebounds and five assists starting in place of Quade Green, who was ruled out just before tipoff because of a back strain.

Tyler Davis had 21 points and Admon Gilder 14 for the Aggies (11-5, 0-4), who lost their second consecutive one-point game.

Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
#21 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 73
Jan. 9, 2018 | Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.) 

RECORDS / SERIES NOTES

  •  Texas A&M fell to No. 21 Kentucky 74-73 Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky … The Aggies are now 11-5 on the season with an 0-4 record in SEC play.
  •  The all-time series between the schools now stands at 9-3 in favor of UK.

TEAM NOTES

  •  Texas A&M was outrebounded for just the second time this season, coming up on the short-end of a 28-27 margin on the glass.
  •  UK shot 55.8 percent from the field (24-of-43) while the Aggies made 26-of-52 shots (50 percent).
  •  Kentucky took a 37-35 lead to the intermission.
  •  Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of JJ CaldwellAdmon GilderDJ Hogg, Tonny Trocha Morelos and Tyler Davis for the first time this season (0-1) … the grouping was A&M’s seventh different starting lineup this season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  •  Junior Tyler Davis produces his ninth career 20-point game, leading the Aggies in scoring with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
  •  Returning after missing the previous five games due to injury, junior guard Admon Gilder contributed 14 points.
  •  Freshman TJ Starks came up two points short of his career-high, finishing with 10 points.
  •  Sophomore Robert Williams saw his nation-leading 41-game blocked shot streak come to an end … The Oil City, La., native contributed 12 points, all in the second half, along with eight rebouds.
  •  Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 126-90 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 337-269 in 20 seasons as a head coach.
  •  Graduate transfer guard Duane Wilson missed the game as he recovers from a knee injury … he is listed as day-to-day.

UP NEXT

  •  The Aggies’ two-game roadtrip continues as they travel to Knoxville to face No. 24 Tennessee on Saturday … The game will tip off at 5 p.m. (CT) be televised on SEC Network.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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