COLLEGE STATION, Texas — ABOUT THE GAME
- Texas A&M moved to 7-7 on the year after picking up its first win in SEC play through three games on a buzzer beater from sophomore TJ Starks.
- Alabama used a 12-2 run midway through the first half to take a double digit lead and the Aggies were unable to cut it to less than two possessions, trailing 43-32 at the break.
- Used an 8-2 push to make it 62-61 Alabama with 7:57 left to play, forcing the Crimson Tide to call a timeout. Redshirt freshman John Walker III knocked down a pair of FTs with 7:30 left to play to give the Aggies their first lead of the day.
- There were seven ties and five lead changes from that point on.
- It came down to free throws in the final minute and Alabama's Kira Lewis, Jr. went one-of-two from the line to make it a two-point game with three seconds to play.
- Starks quickly brought the ball down the court and knocked down the three at the buzzer.
- The victory is A&M's eighth in the series and first in Tuscaloosa since 2008.
- The Aggies committed a season-low three turnovers in the game, limiting themselves to single digits in the category for just the second time this season.
- Despite Alabama taking the rebounding advantage, 45-38, A&M dominated in the paint on the offensive end, outscoring Alabama 48-30.
- The Aggies stuck with the same starting lineup of Jay Jay Chandler, Wendell Mitchell, TJ Starks, Savion Flagg, and Christian Mekowulu for the second time this season (1-1).
- Junior Josh Nebo set a new career high with 21 points, going 10-for-12 from the field, adding four blocks and seven rebounds.
- Junior Wendell Mitchell helped lead the way, putting up 10 of his 18 points in the first half and adding six rebounds.
- Sophomore Savion Flagg came alive in the second half, scoring 14 of his 16 points and grabbing all seven rebounds in the final 20 minutes.
- Sophomore TJ Starks nailed the game-winning three to finish with 12 points and score in double figures for the fifth straight game.
- Billy Kennedy is now 144-105 in his eight-year tenure at Texas A&M and 355-284 in his 21 seasons as a head coach.