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A&M Rolls By Georgia For Second Straight SEC Win

(Source: Sam Craft/Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — TJ Starks had 19 points and Jay Jay Chandler added 18 to help the Texas A&M Aggies roll to their second straight win, 73-56, over the struggling Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

It’s the fifth straight loss overall for Georgia (10-14, 1-10 Southeastern Conference) and the team’s ninth straight conference defeat.

The Aggies (10-13, 3-8), who won at Missouri on Saturday to snap a three-game skid, got their first home SEC win by downing the Bulldogs and won consecutive games for the first time since December.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to eight after three free throws by Jordan Harris early in the second half. But Texas A&M scored the next six points, with three each from Christian Mekowulu and Wendell Mitchell, to make it 40-26 with about 16 minutes remaining.

Nicolas Claxton ended the run with a 3-point play for Georgia, but the Aggies added seven quick points after that to push the lead to 47-29. John Walker had a dunk in that stretch before a steal and a dunk by Starks and a 3 by Chandler.

Georgia was led by Claxton, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Harris added 10 points.

Mekowulu had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Aggies.

The Aggies were still up by 18 with about seven minutes left before Claxton scored the first five points of a 7-2 run that cut the lead to 61-48. But Texas A&M used a 4-1 spurt, with a jump shot by Starks, after that to push the lead to 65-49 with about four minutes left and cruise to the victory.

Georgia shot just 35.3 percent overall, but really struggled from long range, making 3 of 23 shots. The Aggies a big boost from its bench, which outscored Georgia’s reserves 39-10.


Texas A&M Basketball Postgame Notes
Texas A&M 73, Georgia 56
Reed Arena (College Station, Texas) 

ABOUT THE GAME

  • The Aggies moved to 10-13 on the year, 3-8 in SEC play, making it back-to-back league wins with a 73-56 victory over Georgia Tuesday night.
  •  After three ties and six lead changes to start the game, A&M went on a 16-2 scoring spree to get out to a double-digit lead.
  • The Aggies finished the half strong, taking a 34-21 lead in to the break behind 11 first half points by Jay Jay Chandler.
  • A&M remained in control the rest of the way, never allowing the difference to get back to single digits and leading by as many as 19 points.

TEAM NOTES

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore TJ Starks, who led the Aggies in every major stat category in last year’s meeting at Georgia, paced the team with 19 points off the bench. He added four steals and committed just one turnover.
  • Sophomore Jay Jay Chandler returned to double figures to help lead the way with 18 points on the night.
  • Graduate student Christian Mekowulu made it back-to-back games with a double-double after recording his first at Missouri. He finished with 15 points and a career high 15 rebounds against Georgia.
  • Billy Kennedy is now 147-111 in his eight-year tenure at Texas A&M and 358-290 in his 21 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT
The Aggies return to the road this weekend, traveling to South Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a 12 p.m. tip against the Gamecocks.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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