Balanced Texas Southern wins on road, beats Texas A&M 88-73
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas Southern knocked off its third Power 5 conference team on the road with an 88-73 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday at Reed Arena.
The Tigers (5-8), who already had wins over Baylor and then-No. 18 Oregon, got balanced scoring with five players in double figures to end the Aggies five-game win streak, four of which were at home.
LSU transfer Jalyn Patterson had 20 points for the Tigers, who got a big boost off the bench from TCU transfer Shawn Olden with 13.
Devocio Butler added 17 points as the Tigers went 12 of 26 from behind the arc.
Texas A&M (6-5) was paced by Wendell Mitchell with 21 points and Savion Flagg, who broke out of slump to score 17 points and add eight rebounds and six assists.
After trailing by 13 at the half, the Aggies got within 62-58 on a Mitchell basket after a steal of an inbounds pass, but the Tiger scored the next seven points and were never threatened again.
Texas Southern shot 60 percent in the first half and were 6 of 14 from behind the arc to lead 46-33. Butler had 11 first-half points, five in an 18-7 run to finish the half.
The Aggies were only 4 of 15 from behind the arc, with Brandon Mahan, their leading 3-point shooter going 0 for 4. TJ Starks had three of the 3s and 11 points off the bench in the opening 20 minutes.
Texas A&M: All the good work the Aggies had done during their five-game win streak was erased. Not only had the Aggies won five straight, they appeared to playing better with each win as the team adjusted without senior star Admon Gilder, who is out with a blood clot. One good thing for A&M is coach Billy Kennedy has obviously settled on the eight-player rotation he wants to take into the Southeastern Conference schedule.
Texas Southern: The Tigers beat their third power conference team and will head into the Southwestern Athletic Conference with plenty of confidence while going for their seventh straight conference title and first with first-year coach Johnny Jones. With five senior/grad students in the starting lineup, including 7-foot-2 Trayvon Reed, TSU will have the edge in talent, experience and height over the rest of its opponents.
Texas A&M has a week to get ready for its SEC opener at home Saturday against Arkansas. It will be the last of a four-game homestand for the Aggies.
Texas Southern opens SWAC play at Alcorn State on Saturday after playing five Power 5 conference teams, San Diego State and former No. 1 Gonzaga in nonconference. Not unlike the rest of the season though, the Tigers are on the road and won't be home until Jan. 19.
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