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Second Half Surge Powers Texas A&M Men Past ULM

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Guard Jay Jay Chandler scored 17 points and Texas A&M overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 63-57 on Monday night.

The Aggies trailed 36-26 with 17:08 remaining in the game when Chandler sank consecutive 3-pointers to pull the home team within four at 36-32.

Chandler then followed with two made free throws after a foul on his drive to the basket, giving ULM a 36-34 advantage. A&M (2-0) finally tied the game at 45-45 on a thunderous alley-oop dunk by forward Josh Nebo, who saw his first action of the season after missing training camp because of injury.

The Aggies finally grabbed a lead at 47-45 when Nebo blocked a shot and Chandler finished the resulting fast break with a dunk at the 7:52 mark. Nebo then upped the lead the Aggies wouldn’t relinquish with another dunk, in lifting A&M to a 49-45 advantage.

Warhawks guard Michael Ertel led all scorers with 25 points, in making 6 of 13 3-pointers. ULM (2-1) hurt itself with 20 turnovers, including five by Tyree White.


RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M improved to 2-0 Monday night defeating ULM, 63-57, inside Reed Arena.
  • The Aggies’ record moved to 5-1 against ULM, and are 4-0 in games played in College Station.
  • The victory marked the 160th non-conference win at Reed Arena since hosting its first basketball game in 1998.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M had three players with 10-or-more points for the second consecutive time this season.
  • The first half was a back-and-forth affair as it featured seven lead changes. The Aggies scored 20 of their 22 points inside the paint. ULM closed out the half on a 9-2 run over the final 5:37 giving the Warhawks the lead at 30-22.
  • In the second half, the Aggies regained the lead with 7:52 remaining after a 14-0 run that stretched over seven minutes of play.
  • The Maroon & White shot 52% (13-25) from the floor and 5-of-9 from three in the final 20 minutes as they outscored ULM, 41-27.
  • Texas A&M bench outscored the Warhawks, 23-6. Junior Quenton Jackson led the Aggies off the bench with 12 points.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Andre GordonJonathan AkuJay Jay Chandler, Savion Flagg, and Wendell Mitchell for the first time this season (1-0).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior Jay Jay Chandler notched his 18th game with 10-or-more points, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, and two assists.
  • Last season’s shot blocking leader, Josh Nebo made his first appearance of the season, scoring 7 points and hauling four rebounds. Aggies were +16 when Nebo was on the floor.
  • Junior Quenton Jackson had his second consecutive game with 10-or-more points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
  • Freshman Andre Gordon scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the last 5:15 to help the Aggies pull away.
  • Buzz Williams is 2-0 in his first season at Texas A&M and 255-155 in his 13 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies return to action Friday at 8 p.m. as they take on No. 8 Gonzaga in Reed Arena. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and can be seen on SEC Network.

 


Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Buzz Williams
On Josh Nebo’s return…
“He’s practiced over the course of the last week. He got hurt on the first sprint of Boot Camp during the preseason, so he has missed a lot of early practices with us. He’s been back with us in the gym for the past five practices, and he’s gotten a feel for our style and game plan. I didn’t necessarily have it planned for when he would play, but he’s been practicing well for us.”

On the atmosphere at Reed Arena in the second half…
“It was the loudest that Reed (Arena) has been since I got here. We appreciate those fans that brought the energy for us this evening. The fans that were here tonight were a great asset for us.”

On the impact Jay Jay Chandler had on the game…
“When Jay Jay (Chandler) was running the point, he did a very good job of making sure that Texas A&M got a good shot. I think that Savion (Flagg) and Jay Jay are trying really hard, and they’ve realized that as much as we need them to be productive individually, part of their job responsibility is to help make the game easier for the other three players that are on the floor. That’s a burden that good players have to carry, and I think they’re trying to execute that in the right way.”

On finishing Boot Camp and Josh Nebo’s recovery…
“That’s how you earn your practice gear and you can’t practice unless you have practice gear. Nebo did great. I can’t remember when he got released but there was kind of a build up to what the doctors were allowing and what (Associate Athletic Trainer) Eddie (Binion) was able to do with him. He had a setback that emitted all of that probably in the second week of October, and it kind of zeroed him back out. Then he worked the next eight to 10 days to get back to the point that he was at. He competed all of it by himself which is harder than doing it with the team”

Texas A&M Forward Josh Nebo
On playing coming back from his injury…
“I feel pretty comfortable, as all players are right now. It’s an adjustment. Overall, I feel comfortable. It’s not perfect, but everyday were getting better.”

On what it meant to him to hear the crowd get excited when he checked in…
“It meant a lot to see them have my back like that. It meant a lot to me to play well for them.”

On Jay Jay Chandler’s two three pointers to spark the second half run…
“It meant our team, because at that point it was a struggle for us to score. For him to hit those two three-pointers, it just opened everything for us.”

Texas A&M Guard Jay Jay Chandler
On the game plan with Josh Nebo in the game…
“We just knew we had to get it down low and throw it up towards the rim. Not too many people can jump up on [Josh] Nebo once the ball is in the air towards the rim. Once we got into it on the offensive end, we got into it on the defensive end and we had a rim protector right there. It’s very hard to score a layup over someone who jumps and gets his head above the rim.”

On hitting the consecutive threes and making two free throws…
“Once I got into a rhythm I started taking shots that I work on every day. It didn’t come with any pressure, it just felt like every day practice shots. I work on free throws every day. I missed a couple in the first half, so I knew in the second half I had to capitalize on it.”

ULM Quotes
Head Coach Keith Richard
On Texas A&M’s changes going into the second half…
“We give them credit for what they did in the second half. They were really working us from side to side. As that game wore on, we were having to sink on the weak side with the roll man. We lost our nerve defensively a bit, especially when Jay Jay Chandler hit a couple threes. They were able to spread the floor, and if you don’t help on the weak side or with the roll man it makes it very challenging for your team.”

On ULM’s game plan and execution against the Aggies…
“We tried to play big at the three, four and five positions. Our guys are very tall for their positions compared to other teams in our league. I thought at times we were able to bother A&M defensively with our size. Our challenge is that we have to score as well with that tall lineup. The whole burden can’t just be on our two guards. We are a work in progress in that area, but tonight was a step forward for us.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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