NCAAB Game Recap - Texas Southern at Texas A&M
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:00 PM EST

Detr
72
Gonz
93
F
JackSt
57
Baylor
83
F
Tul
73
Mem
84
F
Xav
62
Vill
68
F
NFla
59
Dayt
77
F
Canis
79
Pitt
87
F
(N/A)
57
UMBC
89
F
Hof
75
Tows
67
F
Dart
56
UNH
70
F
Wilbe
52
MiaO
119
F
(N/A)
53
E MI
88
F
Stetsn
63
SCar
56
F
HuTil
77
PVAM
92
F
(N/A)
78
DelSt
76
F
(N/A)
63
NCC
108
F
(N/A)
53
GASt
83
F
TexPA
72
Okla
91
F
SCSt
58
Jacksn
52
F
YSU
70
IL-C
64
F
WIGB
73
NoKY
59
F
Clev
82
IUPUI
80
F
WIMil
70
WriSt
82
F
(N/A)
49
Rut
94
F
Yale
67
UNC
70
F
NE
88
JMU
72
F
Penn
81
How
62
F
APSU
48
UGA
78
F
Copp
56
Ford
62
F
W&M
74
Elon
73
F
UNCW
66
Drex
71
F
Charl
75
Del
63
F
Albany
67
Colum
66
F
StBon
79
Buff
84
F
UMass
79
Akr
85
F
David
71
Vand
76
F
LoyIL
66
Valpa
63
F
TXSo
55
TexAM
58
F
HiPt
58
Tex
89
F
LaTec
80
SoMis
49
F
ChiSt
33
Mizzu
91
F
Kent
68
MisSt
96
F
SIU
56
IndSt
68
F
Seton
74
DeP
66
F
GMas
53
TCU
87
F
Harv
84
USF
81
F(OT)
Ida
68
Web
69
F
NoAZ
61
MTSt
63
F
Sac
50
Mont
52
F
E WA
69
IdaSt
75
F
S UT
83
PorSt
81
F

Dec 30, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Texas Southern (3-10)

24

31

55

Texas A&M (6-5)

27

31

58

Texas A&M holds off Texas Southern late, 58-55
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:47 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams is thankful Josh Nebo overcame a preseason hamstring injury because the Aggies needed their primary big man in a big way on Monday night in a 58-55 comeback victory over Texas Southern.

Nebo grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked four shots and the Aggies' Savion Flagg scored 18 points in A&M's third consecutive victory. Nebo has played in all but the season opener after rebounding from the injury.

A&M clung to a 55-54 lead with 1:19 remaining when Nebo was fouled on an attempted layup. He missed both free throws, however, giving TSU (3-10) a chance to grab the lead.

Nebo responded by blocking Chris Baldwin's short jumper in the paint, although the Aggies' Andre Gordon turned over the ball on the other end. Following a TSU miss, this time by John Jones, Jay Jay Chandler was fouled.

Chandler made the second of two free throws, and the Aggies (6-5) led 56-54 with 29 seconds left. TSU's Tyrik Armstrong missed a short jumper in the lane that would have tied the game, and Flagg grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws to push A&M to an insurmountable 58-54 lead.

"I feel like we're starting to play better as a team," Nebo said. "We still have a lot of work to do, and it's going to be tough every night. But as a team, we're ready."

The Aggies avenged an 88-73 Texas Southern victory a year prior in Reed Arena, one more loss last season that led to the end of the Billy Kennedy era at A&M. Yahuza Rasas and Jones each scored 15 points to lead the Tigers.

"We came in here with the right mindset, and the guys were certainly ready for the challenge," said TSU's Johnny Jones, a former LSU coach. "The (Aggies) made a couple of necessary plays, and we missed a couple of looks we had."

Williams shrugged when asked if his initial A&M team is ready for SEC play.

"I don't know," he said, later adding, "We will not be favored in a game the rest of the year."

BIG PICTURE

Texas Southern: Jones scheduled a slew of tough games leading to the opening of SWAC play, including road losses to No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 4 Oregon this month, with the idea his team gets tougher and not worn down from stiff competition.

"If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger," Jones said Monday.

Texas A&M: The Aggies hadn't played since Dec. 21 in taking an extended break for Christmas, and at times looked rusty. Williams' first A&M team hardly looks primed for SEC play in a handful of ways. But, ready or not, it's here.

UP NEXT

Texas Southern hosts Southern on Saturday to open SWAC play.

Texas A&M opens SEC play at Arkansas on Saturday.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

A&M's Josh Nebo skied for a block of Yahuza Rasas's attempted layup, the Aggies' Jay Jay Chandler grabbed the carom and went end-to-end for a dunk over the Tigers' Jethro Tshisumpa to lift A&M to an 8-1 lead a little more than two minutes into the game.

STAT OF THE GAME

TSU made only 3-of-16 3-pointers (18.8 percent) but the Aggies were even worse, making 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from long range. A&M's Jay Jay Chandler and Andre Gordon were a combined 1-of-13 on 3-point attempts.

HE SAID IT

"We could say that we could have lost any of the `guaranteed' games that we played. Or we could turn that around and say, `Yeah, but we didn't."'

Buzz Williams on the state of his first Texas A&M team entering SEC play.

Leaders

Texas Southern PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Redus 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Andrews 0 0 0 0 0 0
Texas A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Y. Gultekin 0 0 0 5 0 0
M. French 0 0 2 0 0 0

Team Comparison

TXSo TexAM
Points For 55 58
Field Goals 19/54-35% 22/60-37%
Three Pointers 3/16-19% 4/24-17%
Free Throws 14/20-70% 10/15-67%
Offensive Rebounds 11 15
Defensive Rebounds 25 28
Rebounds 39 45
Blocks 1 4
Steals 4 9
Turnovers 15 15
Personal Fouls 16 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - TexAM Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 30 TXSo 55 @ TexAM 58 E. Ewing 1 J. Aku 2

Game Information

Stadium: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Attendance: 6,588
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