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Men’s Basketball Opens Season with 98-83 Victory

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Sophomore forward Savion Flagg scored 24 points and six Texas A&M players scored at least nine points as the Aggies defeated Savannah State 98-83 on Wednesday night.

A&M overwhelmed SSU in points in the paint (58-18), rebounds (68-43), second-chance points (31-7) and blocks (8-1).

The Aggies (1-0) played without starting guards Admon Gilder (hamstring, knee) and Wendell Mitchell (tendinitis), but the injuries are not expected to be serious. Sophomore guard T.J. Starks added 16 points for the Aggies, and freshman guard Collins Joseph led the way for the Tigers (0-1) with 20 points.

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy has pledged the Aggies will get up and down the floor this season more than they have in years past, with big men Robert Williams and Tyler Davis having turned pro, and the young squad did exactly that in blasting to a 53-37 halftime lead.

Both teams were sloppy throughout, with A&M finishing with 24 turnovers and SSU 20. Starks finished with nine turnovers, more than twice as many as any of his teammates.


Texas A&M Basketball Postgame Notes
Texas A&M 98, Savannah State 83
Nov. 7, 2018 | Reed Arena (College Station Texas) 

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M improved to 1-0 on Wednesday night at Reed Arena, defeating Savannah State 98-83 during the Aggies’ home opener.
  • The victory marked the 18th consecutive season-opening win for the Aggies.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M dominated Savannah State in several categories, including a 58-18 edge in the paint, 68-43 in total rebounding, 31-7 in second-chance points and 8-1 in blocks.
  • The Aggies opened the game with a 7-0 run en-route to a 53-37 advantage at the half. A&M went 20-for-43 (46.5%) from the floor in the opening stanza, while out-rebounding Savannah State 36-24 in the first 20 minutes.
  • After the break, the Aggies shot an unprecedented 15-for-19 on two-point attempts, finishing the night at 29-for-43 inside the arc.
  • Texas A&M matched a program-high 38 three-point attempts in a game, equaling the 38 attempts against the Tigers in the 2017 matchup between the two teams. The Tigers’ 54 attempts were the most by an A&M opponent in program history, topping the 40 attempts by Savannah State and West Virginia against the Aggies in 2017.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of TJ StarksChris CollinsJay Jay ChandlerSavion Flagg and Christian Mekowulufor the first time this season (1-0).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore Savion Flagg recorded his second career double-double, finishing with career-highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. Entering the season, Flagg was the only Aggie with a double-double in his career.
  • Junior Josh Nebo was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, finishing with 10 points in his first appearance for the Aggies. The Houston, Texas native sat out last season after transferring from St. Francis.
  • Graduate transfer Christian Mekowulu opened the night with nine rebounds in first half, finishing with 14 boards to go along with nine points.
  • Senior Chris Collins filled up the stat sheet for the Aggies, ending the night with seven points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
  • Freshman John Walker III recorded 10 points on the night in his first appearance after redshirting last season.
  • A total of _ Aggies made their debut in the opener, including Brandon MahanChristian MekowuluJohn Walker IIIJosh Nebo and Zach Walker.
  • Billy Kennedy is now 138-98 during his eight-year tenure at Texas A&M and 349-277 in 21 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies remain in the friendly confines of Reed Arena Friday evening at 8:30 p.m., taking on UC Irvine, before embarking on an extended road trip. The Maroon & White take to the West Coast as they face off against No. 3 Gonzaga on Nov. 15, before taking a trip north of the border for the Vancouver Showcase. In Canada, Texas A&M will play Minnesota and Washington at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

 Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy

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Aggie forwards Savion Flagg and Christian Mekowulu

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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

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