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Aggies Sink Commodores, 69-50, for Second Straight SEC Win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Andre Gordon scored 15 points, and Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt 69-50 Saturday to spoil the Commodores’ Southeastern Conference home opener.

Jay Jay Chandler added 10 points for the Aggies (8-6, 2-1) who never trailed in winning their second straight.

Ejike Obinna and Maxwell Evans scored 12 points apiece to lead Vanderbilt, and Scotty Pippen Jr. added 10.

Texas A&M took control from the start and held Vanderbilt to a season low in points. The Aggies scored the first seven on their way to a double-digit lead. They used a 17-3 run to take their biggest lead at 28-12 on a layup by Emanuel Miller. Even as Texas A&M went through a scoring drought, Vanderbilt (8-7, 0-2) couldn’t take advantage. The Commodores pulled within 32-20 on a 3-pointer by Saben Lee.

Vanderbilt made a trio of 3s in the first half — half the Commodores’ made buckets — as Texas A&M led 36-20. The Aggies just kept pushing the lead and were up 60-29 with 8:31 to go.

The Aggies came in ranked 23rd nationally holding opponents to 38.1% shooting and 22nd in scoring defense. They focused on smothering Lee with the junior coming off a career-high 27 points in Vandy’s 83-79 loss at No. 5 Auburn on Wednesday night. He finished with four points.

Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Texas A&M 69, Vanderbilt 50
Memorial Gymnasium (Nashville, Tennessee) 

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M led from start to finish in a dominating 69-50 victory at Vanderbilt Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium to move to 8-6 (2-1 SEC) on the year.
  • The Aggies are now 6-8 all-time against Vanderbilt.
  • Texas A&M has won four straight games against the Commodores.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M has allowed less than 50 points in its last two conference games for the first time since 2007 (56-49 at Oklahoma on Feb. 17 and 66-46 at Oklahoma State on Feb. 21). It is just the second time that the Aggies have allowed 50-or-fewer in consecutive conference matches since 1958.
  • The win marked the largest road conference victory since defeating Georgia by 34 (79-45) on Jan. 16, 2016.
  • The Aggies took a 36-20 lead into the locker room after shooting 15-28 (53.6%) from the floor. It marked the highest shooting percentage in a first half since the season-opener against Northwestern State (53.8%).
  • The Maroon & White limited the Commodores to 5-30 (16.7%) from three-point range. In the last five games, opponents are shooting 22.7-percent (28-123) from beyond the arc.
  • Texas A&M outscored Vanderbilt 40-18 inside the paint, which ranks as the second most points in the paint this season.
  • The Aggies outrebound the Commodores, 38-29, marking the seventh consecutive game A&M has outrebounded its opponent.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Savion FlaggWendell MitchellEmanuel MillerAndre Gordon, and Josh Nebo for the first time this season (3-1).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Andre Gordon scored a team-high 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half. He has scored in double figures in three halves this season.
  • Jay Jay Chandler recorded 10 points, marking the sixth time this season he has registered double figures.
  • Quenton Jackson registered nine points on 4-5 shooting.
  • Emanuel Miller and Josh Nebo led the team in rebounding for the second consecutive game as the duo hauled in seven boards.
  • Josh Nebo tallied two blocks, moving his career total to 250.
  • Buzz Williams is 8-6 in his first season at Texas A&M and 261-161 in his 13 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT
The Aggies return to Reed Arena as they square off against LSU Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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