Early in Monday’s game at Reed Arena, it looked like American University might make things difficult for Texas A&M basketball.
After the Aggies jumped out to an early lead, American mounted a modest 9-5 run to bring the score within four with 10:54 left in the first half. After that, it was all Texas A&M, as the Aggies (3-0) went on a 22-7 run to close out the half, capping it with a half-court shot from Eric Vila, and cruised to the easy 76-53 win.
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The Eagles were able to maintain some semblance of competing by winning the rebound battle in the first half 20 to 15, but they ultimately struggled to convert those rebounds into offense with the Aggies limiting them to 29.6 percent from the floor.
Texas A&M, on the other hand, was able to convert its offensive opportunities, shooting 53.6 percent from the floor while going 10-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Player of the game: Tyler Davis. Davis needed just 20 minutes to drop a team-high 17 points, coming within just one of his career high. Davis dominated in the paint, drawing four three-point play attempts on layups and converting three of them. Davis went 6-for-7 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line and also brought down 4 rebounds.
Stat line of the game: The Aggies forced 12 first-half turnovers, as many as American had its entire game Nov. 11 against Maryland. The Eagles finished with 16 turnovers, which proved critical in allowing Texas A&M to overcome the first-half rebounding deficit. The Aggies finished with 21 points on turnovers.
Turning point: The entirety of the 9-5 American run in the first half occurred with Davis off the court. Texas A&M subbed him back in with 10:07 left in the first half and 13 seconds later, he converted his second three point play of the game. That three started Texas A&M’s 22-7 run into halftime.
What’s next: Texas A&M hosts USC Friday at Reed Arena in College Station, Tex. at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Texas A&M vs. American box score: The Aggies had three double-digit scorers, including D.J. Hogg (12) and Robert Williams (10) in addition to Davis. Hogg also tied his career high with 9 rebounds. The full box: