The last time Texas A&M had won a regular season conference championship it was a three-way share of the Southwest Conference crown in 1986. On Saturday, the Aggies clinched at least a share of the SEC regular season title.
Texas A&M (24-7, 13-5 SEC) capped off the regular season with a convincing 76-67 victory over Vanderbilt on Senior Day at Reed Arena. Its senior trio of Alex Caruso, Jalen Jones and Danuel House earned a curtain call in the closing stages in a victory that cemented the completion of Billy Kennedy’s rebuild in College Station, Texas.
Kennedy, who said he would enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to celebrate the victory, expressed his pride and gratitude for his senior core.
“I’m really happy for the seniors,” Kennedy said after the game according to TexAgs.com. “They’re all good players. They’ve had to sacrifice a bit for the freshmen, but I’m proud of them.”
Caruso, who grew up as a ball boy for the Aggies, spoke about the importance of Saturday’s accomplishment after the game.
“When I was a ball boy, I never thought I’d [be able to do this],” Caruso said according to TexAgs.com. “I didn’t envision winning a championship.”
The Aggies took control with an 8-0 run during the early stages of the second half which gave them a comfortable 15-point lead they never relinquished. Texas A&M was led by Jones, who produced a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. House scored 11 points and Caruso tallied eight assists. Texas A&M also pulled down 17 crucial offensive rebounds, six of which were corralled by Jones.
Now it's time to celebrate! pic.twitter.com/TRB0ynabjj
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) March 5, 2016
The Aggies will now try to do something they haven’t done since 1987: win a conference tournament. They will have the best road imaginable, earning the No. 1 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament.
— Colin Deaver (@KAGS_Colin) March 5, 2016