Thursday, November 30, 2023

The No. 13 Texas A&M holds off upset Oral Roberts

November 18 – Henry Coleman III scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds, and Wade Taylor IV had a key late layup and two free throws as No.

The Aggies (4-0) led by seven points at halftime and 11 with 13:34 left in the game but went 4 1/2 minutes without a field goal, allowing Oral Roberts to pull within 56-48. Texas A&M pushed their lead back to 12 before Issac McBride hit a 3-pointer to cut the Golden Eagles’ deficit back to nine points with 5:19 left.

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The lead was only 66-60 after McBride hit a floater with 1:10 minutes left. But Taylor got free for a breakaway on an inbounds pass to extend the Aggies’ lead to eight points and hit two from the free-throw line with 21 seconds left.

Taylor scored 16 points for the Aggies, and Tyrece Radford added 11 points.

McBride led the Golden Eagles (1-3) with a game-high 27 points. DeShang Weaver finished with 14 points, and Kareem Thompson added 12.

Oral Roberts stayed with Texas A&M for the first 11 minutes of the game, taking a 24-19 lead after Thompson drained a 3-pointer with 9:15 left in the first half. But the Aggies lost on a 7-2 run that featured six points from Coleman with two free throws, an encouraging putback dunk and a layup that tied the score at 26 with 5:10 left.

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Texas A&M ended the half by scoring 12 of the final 17 points and took a 38-31 lead on a layup by Radford with three seconds left.

Coleman’s 13 points and five rebounds before halftime led all players while McBride’s 12 points led the Golden Eagles. Texas A&M led after 20 minutes despite going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc and being outshot 50 percent to 43.8 percent in the half.

The Aggies pushed their lead to nine points on Taylor’s jumper 10 seconds into the second half before Oral Roberts went on a 7-0 run capped by two Josh Jones free throws at the 16:26 mark. Texas A&M went on a 12-3 spurt capped by Solomon Washington’s layup and regained control.

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