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The wave of success Texas A&M has been driving grew right into a tsunami on Saturday.
The Aggies streaked out to a fast 10-point lead and by no means slowed down on the best way to a crushing 94-53 Southeastern Conference basketball victory over South Carolina in Columbia.
In posting its sixth consecutive win, A&M (12-5, 4-0) notched its largest SEC margin of victory since defeating Georgia, 79-45, on Jan. 16, 2016.
As has develop into commonplace, A&M suffocated the Gamecocks (8-9, 1-3) on the defensive finish of the courtroom. The Aggies restricted South Carolina to 38 p.c capturing, gave up simply 5 offensive rebounds and compelled 12 turnovers.
In its earlier recreation, South Carolina upset Kentucky, 71-68, behind a 26-point efficiency from guard Meechie Johnson.
“In the primary half, our offensive rebounding share was 58 p.c and our defensive rebound share was 94 p.c. I believe they’d one defensive rebound within the first half.”
– A&M coach Buzz Williams
Johnson managed simply 11 factors in opposition to A&M’s swarming protection, which has now restricted six consecutive opponents to 66 factors or much less.
However, the Aggies may need been much more spectacular on the offensive finish.
Wade Taylor led the Aggies with 20 factors. Forward Julius Marble had 14. Dexter Dennis scored 13. Henry Coleman had a double-double with 12 factors and 11 rebounds. Khalen Robinson got here off the bench to attain 12.
The Aggies shot 54.8 (34-of-62) p.c from the sphere, 45 p.c (9-of-20) from 3-point vary and 81 p.c (17-of-21) on the free throw line.
Just as spectacular, A&M out-rebounded the Gamecocks, 48-16.
“In the primary half, our offensive rebounding share was 58 p.c and our defensive rebounding share was 94 p.c,” A&M coach Buzz Williams stated. “I believe they’d one defensive rebound within the first half.”
“Literally, certainly one of my recreation charts that I talked to my workforce I had written first half — query mark — and second half — query mark — within the pregame notes. So, clearly at halftime, I stuffed in these numbers.”
Consequently, A&M scored 27 factors on second probabilities. South Carolina scored seven. The Aggies additionally had 38 factors within the paint in comparison with 16 for the Gamecocks.
The onslaught began from the start. The Aggies raced out to a 12-2 lead lower than three minutes into the sport after Marble transformed a 3-point play.
A&M adopted that up with a 9-0 run which Taylor closed with a 3-pointer from the best wing for a 21-5 lead with 12:56 exhibiting.
Then, Dexter Dennis completed one other 9-0 run with a trey from the nook for a 30-7 benefit.
Another 9-0 run was closed as Dennis and Hayden Hefner drilled 3-pointers from the nook that A&M has clearly turned since struggling back-to-back losses in mid-December.
Coleman closed a 9-1 run which lifted A&M to a 50-15 lead with simply 1:18 left within the half.
Jamie Maury, TexAgs
For the second-straight season, Texas A&M is 4-0 beginning convention play.
The Gamecocks added a 3-pointer with seconds remaining earlier than intermission, however the concern had lengthy been settled.
In an 82-64 victory over Missouri on Wednesday, the Aggies roared out to a 43-25 halftime lead, however the margin was diminished to 4 factors earlier than A&M reasserted its dominance.
The Aggies wouldn’t permit South Carolina the same rally. A&M’s lead swelled to 46 factors and by no means dipped beneath 31 factors within the second half.
“Here’s the identical alternative we had on Wednesday night time,” Williams stated. “Can we take a step with reference to rising and maturing?”
The Aggies took a number of big steps in that course.