By the time the Texas A&M basketball team woke up, the Aggies found themselves down 22 points to No. 19 Arizona in Houston’s Lone Star Shootout. That’s when Tyler Davis and Robert Williams finally stepped up to lead a furious comeback.
The Aggies erased 20 points of that 22-point deficit in the final 10 minutes of the game, but it proved too little too late as the international duo of Lauri Markkanen (17 points) and Dusan Ristic (18) paced Arizona to its 10th win of the season, against 2 defeats. The 67-63 loss drops the Aggies to 7-3 and snaps a 3-game winning streak for Billy Kennedy’s squad.
Four Wildcats scored in double digits. Guard Kadeem Allen only scored 2 points, but grabbed 7 rebounds to tie Markkanen for the Wildcats, who were again without starting guards Allonzo Trier (suspension) and Parker Jackson-Cartwright (high ankle sprain).
Admon Gilder posted 13 points for Texas A&M, while Williams added 15 points of his own. Tonny Trocha-Morelos tied Davis to lead all players with 10 rebounds.
Player of the game
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Arizona dominated the paint until late in the game when Davis and Williams finally came alive. Davis’ game-high 23 points helped the Aggies outscore the Wildcats 38-32 in the paint.
Stat line of the game
Arizona used 10 steals, to go along with 14 forced turnovers, to outscore the Aggies 18 to 16 on turnovers and second-chance points (15-13).
A day after the Houston Rockets drained an NBA record 24 3-point shots in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Arizona and Texas A&M shot markedly less from beyond the arc the following morning in the same building. The Aggies and Wildcats struggled from 3-point range, with Arizona connecting on 3 of 15 and Texas A&M hitting on 3 of 10.
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Texas A&M’s DJ Hogg, the team’s No. 2 scorer, went to the bench with 2 fouls with 7:41 to play in the first half. Arizona took advantage with Hogg out for the remainder of the period, going on a 17-8 run in the sophomore forward’s absence to take a 41-28 lead into the break.
What’s next for Texas A&M basketball
Texas A&M will host to Saint Francis on Dec. 21 at College Station’s Reed Arena in the Aggies final nonconference game before beginning SEC play. The Red Flash are 3-6 on the year, including 4 straight losses following Saturday’s loss to Stony Brook.
Kennedy’s Aggies will tip off their SEC slate on Dec. 29 with a home tilt against Tennessee.
Texas A&M vs. Arizona box score