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Aggies Unable to Get By Mississippi State in SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamar Peters scored 15 points, and Mississippi State routed Texas A&M 80-54 Thursday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Bulldogs (23-9) now have won seven of their last nine with their second win over Texas A&M in six days. Mississippi State beat the Aggies by 92-81 in Starkville to wrap up the regular season, and their first game ever in this tournament was never that close as the Bulldogs never trailed.

Sixth-seeded Mississippi State now will play No. 8 Tennessee for a second straight year in the quarterfinals Friday night in another rematch from the Bulldogs’ final week of the regular season. Tennessee won that game 71-54 in Knoxville and also knocked Mississippi State out of the tournament last year.

No. 11 seed Texas A&M (14-18) finished up a painful season that only got worse when sophomore guard TJ Starks dislocated a shoulder Feb. 26 in a loss at LSU. Starks not only averaged 12.3 points a game, he also led the Aggies in assists. His injury left coach Billy Kennedywith seven scholarship players.

Tyson Carter scored 14 points for Mississippi State, and Quinndary Weatherspoon added 12.

Savion Flagg led Texas A&M with 21 points and 10 rebounds a night after scoring a career-high 29 points. Brandon Mahan had 10.

Peters opened the game with a 3 for Mississippi State, and Weatherspoon added a 3 as the Bulldogs built a double-digit lead within the first six minutes at 15-4 on a 3-point play by Abdul Ado. From there, the Bulldogs just kept padding the lead to as much as 17 late before Flagg scored on a fast-break layup to trim the halftime margin to 38-23.

It only got worse in the second half where the Bulldogs’ biggest issue was a warning to coach Ben Howland to get back inside the coach’s box. Robert Woodard II finished off a 3-point play to push Mississippi State’s lead to 50-30 with 14:21 to go, and the Bulldogs pushed the lead to as much as 30 on a 3-pointer by Peters with 4:06 left.


Texas A&M Basketball Postgame Notes
Mississippi State 80, Texas A&M 54
Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tennessee) 

ABOUT THE GAME

  • The Aggies concluded play at the SEC Tournament with a 80-54 loss to Mississippi State Thursday night. A&M wraps the 2018-19 season with a 14-18 record after finishing 11th in league play with a 6-12 record.
  • Mississippi State came out hot and was able to go up double figures early, continuing to pull away throughout the half.
  • The Aggies were only able to get back within 14 in the second half as the Bulldogs continued to control the game.

TEAM NOTES

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore Savion Flagg led the Aggies for the 11th time this season finishing with 21 points while adding 10 rebounds.
  • This was the 10th time Flagg has surpassed the 20-point mark this season and his sixth double-double of the year.
  • Sophomore Brandon Mahan was the only other Aggie in double figures as he added 10 points off the bench.
  • Billy Kennedy is now 151-116 in his eight-year tenure at Texas A&M and 362-295 in his 21 seasons as a head coach.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Posted by on Mar 15 2019. Filed under Sports.
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