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Aggie men's basketball uses big second half to take down Mississippi State

With the win, Texas A&M moves to 7-4 (2-3 SEC) on the year.
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·         Texas A&M defeated Mississippi State, 56-55, Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.

·         The Aggies now lead the series, 8-7.

·         With the win, Texas A&M moves to 7-4 (2-3 SEC) on the year.


·         Texas A&M won the turnover battle for the first time in SEC play, 15-11.

·         The Maroon & White made 14 fields goals in the second half, tied for the most in any half in conference action.

·         After falling behind 40-27 with 17:28 remaining in the second half, the Aggies mustered a 13-0 run over the next to 5:34 to tie the game at 40-40.

·         Texas A&M completed the comeback with a 10-2 run at 4:43 that spanned the next 2:51 to take a four-point lead, one they would not relinquish.

·         Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Jonathan Aku, Hassan Diarra, Andre Gordon, Hayden Hefner and Emanuel Miller (1-1) for the second time this season.


·         Senior Jay Jay Chandler lead the team in scoring for the second time this season with 12 points.

·         Sophomore Jonathan Aku recorded a season-high five points, the most he has scored in his career in an SEC game, and tallied a season-high two blocks.

·         Hassan Diarra dished out a season-high five assists and recorded his first-career block.

·         Luke McGhee recorded his first-career field goal and added career highs in rebounds (2) and minutes played (7). 

·         Andre Gordon scored in double figures (11) for the fifth time this season.

·         Emanuel Miller finished with 10 points, marking the ninth game he has scored 10-or-more and led the team in rebounds with eight for the ninth time this season.

·         Buzz Williams is 23-18 in his career at Texas A&M and 276-173 in his 14 seasons as a head coach.


Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena on Saturday for a noon matchup against Missouri. The game can be seen on SEC Network.