NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia at Texas A&M
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Duke
71
Lou
69
F
LSU
73
KY
71
F
Mich
69
PSU
75
F
Marq
92
DeP
73
F
MSU
67
Wisc
59
F
Purd
56
MD
70
F
KansSt
71
Tex
64
F
Buff
76
Akr
70
F
StBon
76
StJos
51
F
Rider
88
Quin
98
F(OT)
NIU
74
W MI
76
F
Pitt
57
BC
66
F
UGA
56
TexAM
73
F
E MI
66
Ohio
57
F
David
79
Ford
69
F
CenMI
72
BGSU
79
F
Drake
72
SIU
69
F
Butl
73
StJon
77
F(OT)
Ark
78
Mizzu
79
F
Alab
62
MisSt
81
F
(N/A)
65
CBap
115
F
AF
72
UNLV
77
F
SDSU
71
ColSt
60
F

Feb 12, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Georgia (10-14)

21

35

56

Texas A&M (10-13)

34

39

73

Starks and Chandler help lift Aggies over Georgia 73-56
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:08 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) When the Texas A&M Aggies were struggling through a stretch where they dropped six of seven games, coach Billy Kennedy maintained the same upbeat and optimistic attitude with his team.

That, his players say, is what helped them get on track and win their last two games, capped by Tuesday night's 73-56 victory over Georgia.

"Coach Kennedy is always positive," Jay Jay Chandler said. "No matter how many losses we have he's always positive. We just follow him. He comes in with the same attitude of getting better."

TJ Starks had 19 points and Chandler added 18 to help Texas A&M roll to the win.

It's the fifth straight loss overall for Georgia (10-14, 1-10 Southeastern Conference) and the team's ninth straight conference defeat.

Georgia coach Tom Crean shared what he spoke to his players about as their skid continued.

"You've got to keep believing in each other and that's hard," he said. "You have to identify where you can get better and you have to have your teammates get better and that's hard to do in this day and age. That's the most important thing. It all comes down to your level of desire to improve. Those are the most important aspects."

The Aggies (10-13, 3-8), who won at Missouri on Saturday to snap a three-game skid, got their first home SEC win by downing the Bulldogs and won consecutive games for the first time since December.

"Finally getting a conference win at home is big," Chandler said. "It brings a lot of momentum."

The Bulldogs cut the lead to eight after three free throws by Jordan Harris early in the second half. But Texas A&M scored the next six points, with three each from Christian Mekowulu and Wendell Mitchell, to make it 40-26 with about 16 minutes remaining.

Nicolas Claxton ended the run with a 3-point play for Georgia, but the Aggies added seven quick points after that to push the lead to 47-29. John Walker had a dunk in that stretch before a steal and a dunk by Starks and a 3 by Chandler.

"We had good poise," Kennedy said. "They had to press and take some chances and we moved the ball better than we have been."

Georgia was led by Claxton, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Harris added 10 points.

Mekowulu had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Aggies. Crean raved about his performance.

"He played fantastic," Crean said. "He played with great force. If he plays like that they'll get better all the time."

The Aggies were still up by 18 with about seven minutes left before Claxton scored the first five points of a 7-2 run that cut the lead to 61-48. But Texas A&M used a 4-1 spurt, with a jump shot by Starks, after that to push the lead to 65-49 with about four minutes left and cruise to the victory.

Georgia shot just 35.3 percent overall, but really struggled from long range, making 3 of 23 shots.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia: The Bulldogs haven't won since a non-conference victory over Texas on Jan. 26 and could see their conference losing streak stretch to double digits with a visit from No. 19 LSU coming up on Saturday.

Texas A&M: The Aggies handled business on Tuesday night against a struggling team, but will need to play better if they hope to keep their winning streak going.

THEY SAID IT

Kennedy was impressed with the game by Starks, who also had three assists and four steals with just one turnover: "That's one of the most efficient games he's played and one of the best stat lines he's had since he's been here."

BENCH POWER

The Aggies got a big boost from their bench, which outscored Georgia's reserves 39-10, led by Starks and Chandler. The solid play of the bench came on a night when leading scorer Mitchell finished with just nine points and third-leading scorer Savion Flagg had only seven.

UP NEXT

Georgia: Hosts No. 19 LSU on Saturday.

Texas A&M: Visits South Carolina on Saturday.

Leaders

Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Fagan 0 0 1 2 0 0
W. Jackson II 0 0 0 2 1 0
Texas A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. French 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Collins 0 0 2 2 0 0

Team Comparison

UGA TexAM
Points For 56 73
Field Goals 18/51-35% 24/56-43%
Three Pointers 3/23-13% 6/21-29%
Free Throws 17/26-65% 19/27-70%
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Defensive Rebounds 27 30
Rebounds 37 43
Blocks 3 1
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 12 7
Personal Fouls 17 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - TexAM Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Feb 12 UGA 56 @ TexAM 73 A. Ngumezi 2 J. Walker III 2

Game Information

Stadium: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Attendance: 5,782
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