No. 15 Women Upset 11th-Ranked Mississippi State, 64-58

COLLEGE STATION, Texas– No. 15 Texas A&M picked up a crucial Southeastern Conference win, defeating No. 11 Mississippi State 64-58 in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena Thursday evening.

The Aggies (17-7, 7-4 SEC) played their seventh consecutive game decided by 10-or-fewer points, and rallied from an 11-point second quarter deficit to defeat Mississippi State (21-5, 8-4 SEC). The Aggies are only a half-game behind Mississippi State for second in the SEC standings, and have clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bulldogs.

Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 22 points, and Courtney Walker had 21, marking Walker’s fourth straight 20+ point game.

The Aggies did not lead in the game until 1:32 of the third quarter, when Williams scored to put the Aggies up 46-45. After the teams traded baskets on the next two possessions, A&M took the lead for good. Mississippi State never had a possession where they could have tied the game in the entire fourth quarter.

Morgan William, who had a team-high 18 points for Mississippi State, hit two free throws with 47 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs an 11-point lead. The Aggies rattled off five points in the last 15 seconds of the half, capped by a Taylor Cooper 3-pointer, cutting the halftime deficit to 32-26 and giving A&M a huge momentum boost into the half.

The win was Texas A&M’s 200th at Reed Arena. The Aggies are 11-2 at Reed this season.

The Aggies return to action on Monday, February 15 at 6 p.m. at Ole Miss. The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Thursday, February 18 to host LSU in the BTHO Breast Cancer Game at 8 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • The Aggies are now 17-7 and 7-4 in the SEC, good for a tie for third place. The Aggies are only a half-game behind, and have clinched the tiebreaker over, second-place Mississippi State, who is 21-5 and 8-4 in the SEC
  • This is Texas A&M’s 200th win all-time at Reed Arena. The Aggies are 11-2 at Reed this season and 200-72 all-time at Reed.
  • This is the Aggies’ seventh straight game that has come down to the final minute. The 28 combined margin of victory is the fewest in A&M history for a seven-game stretch, and it is the first time A&M has played seven straight games decided by fewer than 10 points
  • This is A&M’s sixth comeback of nine or more points this season and fourth in SEC play. A&M rallied from an 11-point deficit
  • This is only the third time in their four seasons as teammates, and first time in an SEC regular season game, thatCourtney Walker and Courtney Williams have scored 20+ points in the same game. The Aggies are 1-2 in those games.
  • Courtney Walker, the SEC’s leading scorer, scored 20+ points for the fourth consecutive game, making her the first Aggie to have four straight 20+ games since Courtney Williams in 2013-14.
    • Walker has eight 20+ point games in 12 SEC games this season. She has a Texas A&M-record 32 20+ point games in her career.
    • She scored in double figures for the 16th straight game and 23rd time in 24 games this season. She has 97 career double-figure scoring games, which ranks second at Texas A&M
    • She made her 128th career start, which ranks second at Texas A&M and represents every game of her career so far.
    • She missed her first free throw since Jan. 21 in today’s game.
  • Courtney Williams had 20+ points for the fourth time this season, but first time since Dec. 20. She had been hampered by injury since. She has 16 career 20+ point games.
    • She scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and 67th time in her career. Her 67th double-figure scoring game moves her past Danielle Adams for sole possession of 7th on A&M’s career double-digit scoring list.
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 712-289 in his career and 304-126 in 13 seasons at Texas A&M
  • The Aggies return to action on Monday, February 15 at 6 p.m. at Ole Miss. The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Thursday, February 18 to host LSU in the BTHO Breast Cancer Game at 8 p.m.

QUOTES

Mississippi State Head Coach Vic Schaefer
Opening Statement…
“We are disappointed but it was a heck of a basketball game. Real proud of my kids, love how competitive they are. We don’t always make the right decisions. We are still a young immature team at times. At the end of the first half is a great example of our youth and inexperience. We were up nine and we needed to get the last shot off and we hurried something and next thing you know they come down and get a three to get the score down to six. Really proud of how hard we competed today.”

Facing A&M…
“We were going against two of the best guards in the country. Courtney Walker and Courtney Williams are just really, really good. I felt like we did an adequate job at halftime holding them to 8-of-18 but in the second half they came out and went 10-of-17. We did a fairly good job on everybody else. It’s hard to deal with Courtney Williams when she is rising over you and hitting those shots. I figured she was going to go off today and I wasn’t wrong.”

On A&M Playing through injuries…
“It hardly ever works out when you’re facing a wounded team. They always rally around the wounded warrior and just find a way to win. You really have to tip your hat off to Curtyce Knox, had five assists and only one turnover and led her team on a day when they needed her.  You have to commend her for a great job. Shlonte (Allen) hadn’t played a lot and she played well for them. Made two big shots and three steals in only ten minutes. Both those kids come in a give Jordan (Jones) a blow and they never missed a beat in my mind.”

Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
Opening Statement…
“Folks, seven straight I don’t think it’s going to change. Seven straight games, we are 4-3 in these last-second situations. I’m so proud of how our kids responded. Give so much credit to Curtyce Knox and Shlonte Allen for rising up and being that 12th Man, if you will. Shlonte [Allen] was going so fast that we just had to slow her down. She gave us three steals, she penetrated and gave out an assist.

“In the second half when they switched to a zone, she hit the very first shot on the screen by Rachel [Mitchell] and that helped us right there. We weren’t ready for that zone but that’s what they did against Tennessee in the last quarter and it worked for a while. [Taylor] Cooper’s half time shot was as big as any shot in the game. Our kids felt good coming off the court because one we stopped [Victoria] Vivian’s down on the other end. She pretty much had a point blank look and then we were able to get the rebound, Walker being unselfish found Cooper. That’s what she is there for, she is a big time player that makes plays.”

“The key basket in the second half was Curtyce Knox‘s; the little layup underneath where there was nothing there. We had nobody open and we had nobody behind her. How she got that thing up in a forest of trees there just give a little credit. If you sat and watched a Jordan Jones for so many years and got to play against her every day in practice all of a sudden from what that kid has gone through this year give that kid a whole lot of credit. ”

On the guards stepping up this game…
Curtyce Knox 5 assists only one turnover hit the key basket… If we can hold their best player [Victoria Vivans] under 30% I guarantee the majority of the time we were going to win. I thought we could exploit them inside a little bit better.”

Texas A&M Senior Guard/Forward Courtney Williams
On the game…
“I just really had to get my rhythm back, knowing where I succeed on the court and where I get most of my points. So I had to get to the hole in transition because that really opens things up for my teammates. When I make them better that makes me better. I took my time and I let the game come to me.”
Texas A&M Senior Guard Courtney Walker…

Winning without Jordan Jones…
I think we all did a good job picking up some of the things that Jordan does so well. Our seniors did a good job of talking today, because that’s one thing that Jordan does really well, keeping everybody on the same page. We really had to communicate switching back and forth from zone to man. Also had to talk to know who we were matching up with in the zone.”

On the close win…
“I think it’s a huge win to show that we learned from all the close games that we lost. Everyone knows that we have a long stretch of really close games. We are really coming together down the stretch. And even this game we didn’t have our star point guard but everyone stepped up. We were just able to pull it out together.”

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No. 15 Aggies’ Rally Falls Short at Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Retin Obasohan scored 16 points and Alabama survived a big rally from No. 15 Texas A&M for a 63-62 victory Wednesday night, the Aggies’ third straight loss.

The Crimson Tide (14-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) beat its fourth ranked opponent of Avery Johnson‘s debut season despite missing its final three shots. Anthony Collins was fouled on a drive with 2.3 seconds left but missed both free throws for the Aggies (18-6, 7-4). They’ve dropped four consecutive SEC games since a 7-0 league start, tumbling from a program-best No. 5 ranking.

Texas A&M had its chances after wiping out most of an 11-point deficit over the final 6:34.

Riley Norris had 11 points for Alabama and Shannon Hale scored 10. Obasohan had five assists and three steals. It’s the first time Alabama has beaten four Top 25 teams in a season since 2001-02.

Jalen Jones had 21 points and seven rebounds for Texas A&M. Danuel House overcame a slow start to score 12 points, and Collins finished with 11 points and five assists.

The Tide’s third straight win didn’t come without some anxious moments for Johnson and the fans at Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama twice had to settle for 3-point attempts after working most of the shot clock down in the final minutes. House responded with two free throws after the first miss and Jones pulled up for a quick 3-pointer with 53 seconds left after the second, cutting the margin to 63-62.

Then Obasohan missed an off-balance shot against Collins from just inside the line.

Collins got the ball back after a couple of passes and drove toward the basket, drawing the foul.

After the misses, Obasohan took the ball down the court and ran the clock out before the Aggies could foul him.

Alabama had gone ahead 58-47 with 6:34 left on a pair of free throws by both Jimmie Taylor and Justin Coleman before the Aggies’ comeback started.


Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
Alabama 63, No. 15 Texas A&M 62
Feb. 10, 2016 ? Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
? Texas A&M (18-6; 7-4 SEC) dropped its third consecutive contest Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala., falling to Alabama 63-62 inside Coleman Coliseum.
? The all-time series between the schools on the hardwood now stands at 10-4 in favor of Alabama.

TEAM NOTES                                         
? Trailing by as many as 11 during the second half, the Aggies closed to within just one point during the final seconds but could not complete the comeback.
? Texas A&M was outrebounded on the night, 36-29, yielding 14 offensive boards to the Crimson Tide.
? The Aggies trailed at the half, 32-27.
? Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Anthony Collins, Alex Caruso, Danuel House, Jalen Jones and Tyler Davis for the 11th time this season (7-4).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
? Senior Jalen Jones scored a game-high 21 points in the loss … The Dallas native converted 6-of-13 field goal attempts and 7-of-8 free throw shots while adding seven rebounds … The performance was the eighth contest of 20 or more points for Jones this season.
? Senior Danuel House added 12 points, all in the second half, as well as a team-high eight boards in the loss.
? Senior Anthony Collins contributed 11 points, finishing with double-digit points for the third time this year … The Houston native also dished out five assists against only one turnover.
? Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 89-67 in his fifth season at Texas A&M and 300-246 in 18 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT
? Texas A&M’s two-game road swing continues, traveling to Baton Rouge to battle LSU on Saturday … The game is slated for a noon tip-off on CBS.

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DL Coach Hagen Leaving Texas A&M

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana player and assistant coach Mark Hagen is returning to IU as defensive line coach, head coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday. Hagen worked on Wilson’s staff in 2011 and 2012 before he moved on to Texas A&M, where he spent the last three seasons.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience coaching the defensive line,” Wilson said. “He has competed, coached and recruited at the highest levels in the Big Ten and the SEC. We are very excited he is back with us and we look forward to getting to work.”

A Carmel, Ind., native, Hagen was a four-year letterwinner (1987, 89-91), two-time second team All-Big Ten selection, three-time Academic All-Big Ten winner and a captain at linebacker for the Hoosiers. He also served as a graduate and administrative assistant at IU from 1992-95, and he was a part of five bowl games, including the 1991 Copper Bowl, where he was named the bowl’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.

Hagen owns 20 years of coaching experience, 16 in the Big Ten and the SEC, and has coached in 10 bowl games. He served as Indiana’s defensive tackles coach and special teams coordinator in 2011-12, and added recruiting coordinator duties in 2012.

“It’s exciting to be able to come back home again,” Hagen said. “These last three years have been fun. It’s something I felt like I had to do a few years back, but being a part of Coach Wilson’s program again and getting on board on the front end with Coach Allen is something I could not pass up. I’m looking forward to the challenge of coaching the entire defensive line and building a championship defense.”

Hagen has coached 14 players who have moved on to the NFL, including IU defensive linemen Larry Black, Jr., Adam Replogle and Bobby Richardson.

In addition to his success on the field, Rivals.com has twice recognized Hagen as one of the top recruiters in the country.

At A&M, he was the Aggies defensive coordinator in their 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. He coached the linebackers in 2013 and 2014, and the defensive tackles in 2015.

Hagen coached the Purdue linebackers in 2006-07 and 2009-10, after working with the defensive tackles from 2000-05 and again in 2008. He served as special teams coordinator from 2003-08 and as assistant head coach under Joe Tiller from 2005-08.

Prior to his tenure at Purdue, Hagen spent four years at Northern Illinois University from 1996-99. He coached the defensive tackles and also managed camps and clinics.

Hagen graduated from Indiana with a B.S. in marketing in 1991. He earned an M.S. in sport marketing and management from Indiana in 1995.

Mark and his wife, Denise, have four daughters, Abby (18), Emma (14), Ellie (11) and Ava (6).

Courtesy of Indiana University Athletics

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Moreland’s $5.7M deal with Rangers avoids arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) _ First baseman Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday.

Moreland gets a raise without an arbitration hearing for the third year in a row. He will be eligible for free agency after this year’s World Series.

Moreland made $2,975,000 last season, when he hit .278 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs in 132 games, starting 110 of those at first base.

When the sides exchanged figures last month, Moreland asked for $6 million and Texas offered $4.7 million, leaving the settlement $362,500 above the midpoint. Texas hasn’t gone to an arbitration hearing since 2000 with Lee Stevens.

Drafted by the Rangers in 2007, Moreland made his major league debut midway through the 2010 season and was part of the team’s first World Series that October. He has a .258 average with 88 homers and 294 RBIs in 626 big league games.

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Los Angeles Rams Owner Buys Texas Megaranch

VERNON, Texas (AP) _ A billionaire sports mogul has purchased a Texas mega-ranch that has been operated by one family for nearly a century.

The heirs of cattle baron W.T. Waggoner said Tuesday that a judge permitted the sale to Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke for an undisclosed sum. The ranch had been listed for $725 million when it hit the market in August 2014.

The Waggoner Ranch is about 175 miles northwest of Dallas. It’s the largest behind one fence in the United States.

Kroenke said in a statement that he would “protect and preserve” what broker Bernie Uechtritz called the “Statue of Liberty” of cowboy culture.

Waggoner granddaughter Electra Waggoner Biggs filed a lawsuit in 1991 to liquidate the estate, setting off a decadeslong courtroom battle among the heirs.

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Trio of Aggies earn SEC Athlete of the Week track and field honors

BIRMINGHAM – Three Texas A&M athletes were honored with SEC Athlete of the Week accolades in track and field following the Aggies sweep of team titles during the Charlie Thomas Invitational this past weekend.

Sprinter Devin Jenkins shared the Men’s Runner of the Week honor with Christian Coleman of Tennessee while pole vaulter Jacob Wooten and 800m runner Jazmine Fray were each selected for Freshman of the Week honors.

In winning the 200m this past weekend Jenkins recorded a time of 20.58 seconds, which is the current American leader and second on the 2016 world list behind a 20.57 set by LSU’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. Jenkins moved to No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list with his effort as he posted a fourth win this indoor season. Jenkins improved upon his previous career best of 20.77 set a week earlier.

Wooten cleared a career best height of 17-11 in claiming a third victory this season. The clearance moved Wooten to No. 4 on the A&M all-time list as he finished ahead of teammates Carl Johansson and Chase Wolfle, who each cleared 17-1. Wooten now shares top honors among collegiate freshmen in the pole vault, matching the height of Deakin Volz of Virginia Tech, and is tied for fourth among all collegians.

Fray recorded the fastest time by a freshman so far this season over 800m as her 2:07.05 placed her third at the Charlie Thomas Invitational behind teammate Katie Willard, who broke the A&M school record with a 2:05.79, and Olicia Williams of Baylor (2:06.98), who placed third in the 2015 NCAA Indoor final.

Among all SEC runners Fray ranks fourth best. Her time also bettered the previous Aggie school record of 2:07.27 set in 2002 as she ranks No. 2 on the A&M all-time list behind Willard.

Texas A&M men remained No. 2 in the updated national rankings by USTFCCCA while the Aggie women improved to No. 18 from its No. 21 position. The team travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas, this weekend for the Tyson Invitational, which will be held on Friday and Saturday in the Randal Tyson Track Complex.

Teams competing at the Tyson Invitational includes Air Force, Akron, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Missouri, NC State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Penn State, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, USC and Vanderbilt.

SEC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS – February 9, 2016

Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Christian Coleman, Tennessee

Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Devin Jenkins, Texas A&M

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Jake Blankenship, Tennessee

Men’s Freshman of the Week: Jacob Wooten, Texas A&M

 

Women’s Runner of the Week: Felicia Brown, Tennessee

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Chanice Porter, Georgia

Women’s Freshman of the Week: Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M

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No. 9 Texas A&M Falls to No. 14 Duke

MADISON, Wisconsin – No. 9 Texas A&M closed out the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 4-0 loss to No. 14 Duke in consolation action this evening at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

“Duke has an excellent team from top to bottom and is a bit under ranked in my opinion,” A&M first-year head coach Mark Weaver said. “All you need to know is their No. 6 player, Christina Makarova, was the No. 1 recruit in the nation in the 2014 recruiting class. Our schedule over the last few weeks has been very challenging to say the least, having played five indoor matches on the road and three of them being against the home team. Our three losses to UNC, Virginia and Duke are without a doubt losses to three of the best indoor teams in the nation.”

The Blue Devils (6-1) narrowly escaped with the doubles point, winning matches on two of three courts. Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith cruised to a 6-1 victory over A&M’s Domenica Gonzalez and Saska Gavrilovska at the No. 3 line. Eva Paalma and Rachel Pierson then evened the score, defeating 26th-ranked Beatrice Capra and Ellyse Hamlin, 6-2, at the No. 1 line.

The doubles point came down to the No. 2 line, where Samantha Harris and Kaitlyn McCarthy had jumped out to a 4-1 lead over A&M’s Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat. The Aggie duo mounted a comeback, tying the score at 4-4. A&M, however, was unable to take the lead, and the Blue Devils went on to win the match, 6-4, to give Duke a 1-0 lead overall.

Duke wasted little time taking a commanding lead in at the start of singles, winning the first set on all six courts. Scholl, ranked 79th in the nation in singles, was first off and gave Duke a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 over Bhosale at the No. 3 line.

The Blue Devils took a 3-0 lead as 29th-ranked McCarthy finished off 58th-ranked Pierson, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2. Harris then completed the shutout for Duke and handed Eva Paalma her first loss of the dual match season with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 4.

With the match decided, the remaining three matches went unfinished. Capra, ranked 28th in singles, held a 6-4, 0-1 lead over 53rd-ranked Gavrilovska at No. 1, and Ellyse Hamlin and Gonzalez were tied 3-3 in the second set at No. 5 after Hamlin won the opening set, 6-4.

The closest first set in singles happened at Court 6, where Duke’s Christina Makarova overcame a 5-1 deficit against Mamalat to take the opening frame, 7-5, Makarova had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before play was stopped.

After playing the last five matches away from home, the Aggies (4-3) begin a four-match home stand this weekend, hosting Houston on Saturday and Abilene Christian on Sunday. Both matches begin at 1 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center at 1 p.m.

“Our group is definitely looking forward to being home for the next few weeks,” Weaver said. “We have some much needed rest over the next few days and then we have some very valuable time to get better as a group. Come March, I feel that we will be off and running in the tough SEC schedule.”

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#14 Duke 4, #9 Texas A&M 0
Nielson Tennis Stadium
Madison, Wisconsin
ITA National Team Indoor Championship – Consolation Draw
February 7, 2016

Singles
1.     #53 Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) vs. #28 Beatrice Capra (DU), 4-6, 1-0 unfinished
2.     #29 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. #58 Rachel Pierson (A&M), 6-3, 6-0
3.     #79 Chalena Scholl (DU) def. Rutuja Bhosale (A&M), 6-1, 6-3
4.     Samantha Harris (DU) def. Eva Paalma (A&M), 6-2, 6-4
5.     Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) vs. #70 Ellyse Hamlin (DU), 4-6, 3-3 unfinished
6.     Anna Mamalat (A&M) vs. Christina Makarova (DU), 5-7, 0-3 unfinished

Doubles (Duke wins the point)
1.     Paalma/Pierson (A&M) def. Capra/Hamlin (DU), 6-2
2.     Harris/McCarthy (DU) def. Bhosale/Mamalat (A&M), 6-4
3.     Scholl/Alyssa Smith (DU) def. Gavrilovska/Gonzalez (A&M), 6-1

Order of finish
Doubles: 3. 1. 2
Singles: 3, 2, 4

Team records
Texas A&M: 4-3
Duke: 6-1

Pronunciations
Rutuja Bhosale                       roo-too-jah bo-slay
Ines Deheza                            ee-NAY de-HAY-za
Saska Gavrilovska                   saush-ka  gav-ril-ahv-ska
Stefania Hristov                     steff-on-ya RIS-tov
Anna Mamalat                       MAM-ah-LOT
Eva Paalma                             A-va paul-ma

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Texas A&M Women Come in at No. 15 in New AP Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS BALLOTS HIGH LOW
1 UConn (32) 22-0 800 1 32 1 1
2 South Carolina 22-0 765 2 32 2 3
3 Notre Dame 23-1 739 3 32 2 3
4 Baylor 23-1 699 4 32 4 5
5 Maryland 21-2 660 5 32 4 8
6 Texas 21-1 653 6 32 4 7
7 Ohio State 18-4 599 7 32 6 9
8 Oregon State 20-3 580 9 32 6 9
9 Arizona State 20-4 518 8 32 7 12
10 Florida State 19-4 515 10 32 7 13
11 Mississippi State 21-4 485 11 32 8 15
12 Louisville 18-6 418 13 32 9 17
13 Stanford 19-5 389 15 32 11 20
14 UCLA 17-6 366 14 31 11 NR
15 Texas A&M 16-7 354 12 32 10 21
16 Florida 19-4 305 22 32 9 21
17 Michigan St 18-5 286 17 32 13 21
18 Kentucky 16-6 231 18 30 14 NR
19 Miami 20-4 219 16 31 13 NR
20 Oklahoma St 18-4 202 25 31 15 NR
21 Oklahoma 16-6 132 20 27 17 NR
22 South Florida 16-6 115 19 24 16 NR
23 DePaul 19-7 84 NR 22 18 NR
24 West Virginia 18-6 80 NR 24 18 NR
25 Tennessee 14-9 49 23 15 20 NR

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Aggie Men Fall Sevens Spots to No. 15

1. Villanova (32) 20-3 1,566 3<
2. Maryland (13) 21-3 1,499 4<
3. Oklahoma (7) 19-3 1,472 1<
4. Iowa (11) 19-4 1,471 5<
5. Xavier 21-2 1,382 6<
6. Kansas (1) 19-4 1,311 7<
7. Virginia (1) 19-4 1,223 9<
8. Michigan St. 20-4 1,144 10<
9. North Carolina 19-4 1,136 2<
10. West Virginia 19-4 1,082 14<
11. Oregon 20-4 905 16<
12. Miami 18-4 826 17<
13. Louisville 19-4 819 19<
14. Iowa St. 17-6 781 13<
15. Texas A&M 18-5 663 8<
16. SMU 20-2 593 12<
17. Arizona 19-5 497 23<
18. Purdue 19-5 456 18<
19. Dayton 19-3 413 24<
20. Providence 18-6 349 11<
21. Baylor 17-6 333 15<
22. Kentucky 17-6 228 20<
23. Southern Cal 18-5 225 _<
24. Texas 16-7 199 _<
25. Wichita St. 17-6 132 21<
Others receiving votes: South Carolina 128, Indiana 91, Notre Dame 75, San
Diego St. 22, Duke 14, Seton Hall 14, Gonzaga 10, LSU 10, VCU 10, Valparaiso 9,
Stony Brook 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, Saint Joseph’s 5, UNC Wilmington 4, Hawaii
3, Utah 3, Chattanooga 2, George Washington 2, UConn 2, Michigan 1, Monmouth
(NJ) 1.

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Denver gets defensive in winning Super Bowl 50; Aggie Von Miller Named MVP

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Denver’s defense was pretty nifty in Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos defense had powered Denver all season. And for one final game, the Broncos defense carried Denver to its third Super Bowl triumph, 24-10 over the mistake-prone Carolina Panthers.

In what may have been his final game, 39-year-old Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did just enough to manage the victory to give him a 2-2 record lifetime in Super Bowls. This was Manning’s 200th career victory.

Manning was 13 of 23 for 141 yards with one interception. That was enough for him to outplay Carolina QB Cam Newton, who struggled all game. Newton finished 18 of 41 for 265 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He fumbled twice, leading directly two touchdowns, and was sacked six times.

One of Newton’s fumbles was recovered in the end zone by Malik Jackson for the first TD of the game that gave Denver a fast 10-0 lead. His final fumble led to C.J. Anderson’s clinching 3-yard TD run with 3:08 left.

Special teams did their part for Denver. Jordan Norwood set up Brandon McManus’s 33-yard field goal with the longest punt return in Super Bowl history, a 61-yard scamper down the sideline.

The game was no artistic beauty. It featured just two offensive touchdowns, 18 penalties, six combined turnovers and 12 sacks. The Broncos won despite managing just 11 first downs.

Denver has now won three Super Bowls. They won back to back in 1998 and 19, with John Elway at the helm. They added Super Bowl 50 with Elway as Denver’s vice president of football operations and GM.

Carolina is 0-2 in Super Bowls.

 

Broncos linebacker Miller wins MVP

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ In a game won by Denver’s defense, it was only fitting that the MVP of Super Bowl 50 was a defensive star.

Linebacker Von Miller earned Super Bowl MVP honors after forcing two fumbles and getting 2 1/2 sacks to help the Denver Broncos beat Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Cam Newton, Miller harassed Carolina’s quarterback from start to finish.

“Von was awesome,” Peyton Manning said afterward. “He deserved it.”

Denver’s first touchdown came when Miller ripped the football away from Newton, and the fumble was recovered in the end zone by defensive end Malik Jackson to put the Broncos ahead 10-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game.

And Denver’s other TD came on a 4-yard drive after Miller knocked the ball out of Newton’s hand again, this time with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

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No. 12 Women Beat No. 23 Tennessee 76-71 In OT Thriller

COLLEGE STATION- Anriel Howard hit a game-tying jumper with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter to cap a 13-point comeback and send the game into overtime, where No. 12 Texas A&M defeated No. 23 Tennessee 76-71 in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena.

Courtney Walker, who scored a game-high 29 points, led the Aggies’ (16-7, 6-4 SEC) charge in overtime, scoring 10 of A&M’s 15 OT points.

The Aggies trailed by 13 points with 9:39 to play and by 11 with under three to play. Two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year,Jordan Jones, who had 11 points, took a hard charge with 24 seconds to go to force a Tennessee (14-9, 5-5 SEC) turnover, and set up A&M’s game-tying play. Jones would leave the game and not return.

Howard finished the game with 9 points, including the game-tying points, and 11 rebounds. Khaalia Hillsman scored 14 for A&M.

Walker scored 20+ points for the third straight game and seventh time in conference play. She has scored 25 of A&M’s 40 points in overtime this year, helping the Aggies to a 3-0 record in OT.
Jordan Reynolds led Tennessee with 16.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday, February 11 to host No. 11 Mississippi State at 6 p.m. on SEC Network.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M improves to 16-7 on the season and 6-4 in SEC play. Tennessee falls to 14-9 and 5-5 in SEC play.
  • A&M is 3-0 in overtime games this season
  • Texas A&M is 5-5 against ranked teams this season. The 10 games against ranked teams this season mark the most for a regular season since 2009-10.
  • The Aggies came back from a 13-point deficit, marking the fifth 9+ point deficit the Aggies have overcome to win this season.
  • A&M has played six straight games that have been decided in the last minute of regulation or overtime
  • The Aggies are 10-2 at home this season and 39-5 since the start of the 2013-14 season. A&M is 199-72 all-time at Reed Arena.
  • Courtney Walker scored 20+ points for the third straight game, seventh time in conference play, 11th time this season, and school-record 31st time in her career
    • Walker has scored 25 of A&M’s 40 OT points this season
    • She scored in double figures for the 15th straight game, 22nd time in 23 games this season, and 96th time in her career, which ranks second at Texas A&M
    • She has scored at least 12 points in all six career games she has played against Tennessee
    • Walker has scored at least 14 points in every SEC game this season
    • She tied A’Quonesia Franklin (2004-08) for second on Texas A&M’s career games started list with 127 games started. Walker has started every game of her career so far.
  • Khaalia Hillsman scored in double figures for the second straight game, seventh time this season and 12th time in her career
  • Anriel Howard had the second 10+ rebound game of her career
  • Jordan Jones scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games, 10th time this season and 31st time in her career.
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 711-289 in his career and 303-126 in 13 seasons at Texas A&M. Among Division I coaches, he is 13th all-time and eighth among active coaches in career wins

POSTGAME QUOTES

Tennessee Head Coach Holly Warlick

Opening statement…
“Great game tonight. Texas A&M finished it out. We couldn’t hold on. They did some great things down the stretch, and we didn’t.”

On Tennessee’s defense…
“We put them at the free throw line. They had a lot of and-one plays, and we didn’t box out. We gave up 24 offensive rebounds. We knew going in that was one of the leys for us: keep them off the boards. They had a lot of second chance points. We couldn’t finish the deal.”

On Tennessee’s offensive possessions in the 4th…
“I think we wanted to work on getting a good look. Maybe that tightened us up. I felt good about the game. But it’s like I said, we couldn’t finish the deal.”

Tennessee Player Andraya Carter

 A&M’s performance in the 4th…
“Hats off to them. They just brought it in the fourth quarter. They played for their point guard who sacrificed her body.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her. [Jordan Jones‘] team had her back in the 4th quarter as they should have. She’s a great player.  A lot of respect for her and the way that the team played tonight. ”

On their offensive rebounds…
“Their momentum was building, building and building. It was like the perfect score. We couldn’t hold on.”

Tennessee Player Jordan Reynolds

On thoughts from tonight’s game…
“I think we got complacent with the lead. We had them up, and we thought the game was over.”

Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

Opening statement…
“Offensive boards kept us in the game which kept us in the game while we were shooting like we were shooting. The shots we were missing were going in then coming. I told them don’t give up on them, just keep fighting and find a way. This is our court. Just make it fast and ugly. When we finally made it five, I knew we had a chance.”

On Jordan Jones‘ performance…
“She’s taken 31 charges all year. That’s our defense. That’s why she’s a two-time defensive player of the year. If anybody is any better than her, I’d like to see it.”

On Texas A&M’s performance tonight…
“You saw a good ball game. I appreciate the people that were here. For those that left, I hope they got to their car, turned around, and came back in to see one of the greatest comebacks we’ve ever had.”

On Anriel Howard‘s shooting and rebounding…
“God bless her. She’s a rebounding machine. She’s not afraid of anything. That’s what makes her so special.”

Texas A&M senior Courtney Walker

On winning the game for Jordan Jones…
“She was the one that helped us get our energy going again when we were kind of dead. We started our run and she took the charge, getting us the ball back. We couldn’t go tell her later tonight that we lost, we had to make sure and tell her that we finished it for her.”

On winning a close game…
“We were able to at least be composed and execute our plays down the stretch. We might not always hit the shot, or get the calls to go our way but just knowing that we give ourselves a chance down the stretch the last couple of games. It hasn’t been off of bad execution or not listening to what our coaches say.”

On their recent third quarter performances…
“I don’t want to say we’ve given games away but we’ve given leeway to a lead or a close game and not been able to catch back up, or found ourselves in those same down the stretch situations. We did the same thing today, we found ourselves kind of dead. We were able to get a little energy going with our press.”

Texas A&M freshman Anriel Howard

On winning a close game…
“Going into the fourth quarter we all had to come together and motivate each other. We had to pick up our energy. We wanted to win. We did not want to lose again.”

On her shot to send the game to overtime…
“I finally just grabbed it and shot it because I knew that the clock was ticking down. I just thought about Jordan and I was like, ‘I have to make it’.”

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No. 9 Texas A&M Women’s Tennis Defeats Wisconsin, 4-0

MADISON, Wisconsin – No. 9 Texas A&M returned to the win column with a 4-0 victory over Wisconsin today in the consolation draw of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The Aggies improve to 4-2 after capturing the doubles point and then winning the first three singles matches to be completed, all in straight sets. The host Badgers fall to 2-2.

A&M won the doubles point as Rachel Pierson and Eva Paalma jumped out to a 4-1 lead and went on to finish off Lauren Chypyha and Kendall Kirsch, 6-3, at the No. 1 line. Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalatclinched the point with a 6-2 victory over Sydney Rider and Ekaterina Stepanova at No. 2.

The No. 3 line, which featured A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska and Domenica Gonzalez and Wisconsin’s Lauren Burich and Kelsey Grambeau was knotted at 5-5 when the point was clinched, and play was stopped.

Paalma, a sophomore who was playing No. 3 singles for the first time in her career, gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead and improved to 5-0 in dual matches this season with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Kirsch. Paalma won five consecutive games to close out the straight-set win.

Freshman Domenica Gonzalez put A&M up, 3-0, reeling off six consecutive games to complete a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Maria Avgerinos at No. 4.

Mamalat, playing No. 6, then clinched the victory for the Aggies, winning two straight games against Sydney Rider to break away from a 4-4 tie in the second set to win the match, 6-3, 6-4.

Wisconsin had the edge in the remaining three matches, but play was suspended once the Aggies reached four points. In a match-up of ranked players, 66th-ranked Chypyha held a 6-4, 4-3 lead over No. 53 Gavrilovska at the No. 1 line. Stepanova held a 7-5, 5-2 advantage over 58th-ranked Pierson at No. 2, and Grambeau was up, 6-4, 5-3 over Ines Deheza at No. 5.

A&M concludes the tournament Sunday at 6:30 p.m. against No. 14 Duke. It marks the Aggies’ third top-15 opponent in four matches.

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#9 Texas A&M 4, Wisconsin 0
Nielson Tennis Stadium
Madison, Wisconsin
ITA National Team Indoor Championship – Consolation Draw
February 6, 2016

Singles
1.     #53 Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) vs. #66 Lauren Chypyha (UW), 4-6, 3-5 unfinished
2.     #58 Rachel Pierson (A&M) vs. Ekaterina Stepanova (UW), 5-7, 2-5 unfinished
3.     Eva Paalma (A&M) def. Kendall Kirsch (UW), 6-3, 6-1
4.     Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) def. Maria Avgerinos (UW), 6-1, 6-1
5.     Ines Deheza (A&M) vs. Kelsey Grambeau (UW), 4-6, 3-5 unfinished
6.     Anna Mamalat (A&M) def. Sydney Rider, 6-3, 6-4

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1.     Paalma/Pierson (A&M) def. Chypyha/Kirsch (UW), 6-3
2.     Bhosale/Mamalat (A&M) def. Rider/Stepanova (UW), 6-2
3.     Gavrilovska/Gonzalez (A&M) vs. Lauren Burich/Grambeau (UW), 5-5 unfinished

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 2
Singles: 3, 4, 6

Team records
Texas A&M: 4-2
Wisconsin: 2-2

Pronunciations
Rutuja Bhosale                       roo-too-jah bo-slay
Ines Deheza                            ee-NAY de-HAY-za
Saska Gavrilovska                   saush-ka  gav-ril-ahv-ska
Stefania Hristov                     steff-on-ya RIS-tov
Anna Mamalat                       MAM-ah-LOT
Eva Paalma                             A-va paul-ma

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No. 25 South Carolina Upsets 8th-Ranked Aggies

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Sindarius Thornwell had 25 points and nine assists, helping No. 25 South Carolina beat No. 8 Texas A&M 81-78 on Saturday.

Michael Carrera scored 20 points on 6-for-6 shooting for the Gamecocks (20-3, 7-3 Southeastern Conference), who bounced back from a 69-56 loss at Georgia on Tuesday. Mindaugus Kacinas finished with 11 points.

Danuel House and Alex Caruso had 16 points apiece for Texas A&M (18-5, 7-3), which has lost two in a row and three of four. Jalen Jones scored 14 points in the Aggies’ first home loss of the season.

South Carolina had an 80-78 lead when Carrera was fouled with 17 seconds remaining. He missed the first free throw and made the second, and House then missed a long 3-pointer from the left side with 8 seconds to go.

After the ball went out of bounds off A&M in a tussle for the rebound, South Carolina’s Laimonas Chatkevicius threw the ball out of bounds on an attempted inbounds with 5 seconds remaining. But A&M turned it over and South Carolina held on for the road win.

The game was tied at 70 when South Carolina’s PJ Dozier drove the right baseline and hit a soft jumper with 4:58 remaining.

Following a missed 3-point attempt by A&M point guard Anthony Collins, Carrera drilled a 3 to make it 75-70 at the 4:16 mark. Thornwell then scored four straight points to make it a nine-point lead with 2:24 remaining.

South Carolina went 12 of 21 from 3-point range, including 7 for 10 in the first half. South Carolina was shooting 33.9 percent (130 of 384) from the 3-point line coming into the day.

The Aggies also had a nice day from long range, going 12 for 25 from beyond the arc.


Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
No. 25 South Carolina 81, No. 8 Texas A&M 78
Feb. 6, 2016 ? Reed Arena (College Station, Texas)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
? No 8 Texas A&M dropped an 81-78 decision to No. 25 South Carolina on Saturday inside Reed Arena, dropping the Aggies’ record this season to 18-5 with a 7-3 mark in SEC play.
? The loss also snapped Texas A&M’s 13-game home winning streak, leaving the team 13-1 at Reed Arena this season.
? Despite the setback, A&M still owns a 3-2 lead in the all-time series between the schools.

TEAM NOTES                                         
? The Gamecocks were hot from the field Saturday, shooting 52.6 percent from the field (30-of-57) and a blistering 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from 3-point range.
? The game was a contest the featured several runs with Texas A&M starting the game on an 8-0 spurt … South Carolina, however, used an 11-0 run from the 7:04 mark to 2:24 left in the second half to turn a two-point A&M lead into a nine-point USC advantage.
? The game featured 23 lead changes and five ties.
? Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Anthony Collins, Alex Caruso, Danuel House, Jalen Jones and Tyler Davis for the 10th time this season (7-3).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
? Senior Alex Caruso approached his second career double-double finishing with 16 points and eight assists … The College Station native was 5-of-7 from the floor, including a perfect 2-of-2 leger from 3-point range.
? Senior Danuel House led the Aggies in scoring for the 10th time this season by also contributing 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting (4-of-10 from 3-point range).
? Freshman D.J. Hogg enjoyed a solid outing, scoring seven points on 3-of-5 shooting while adding a team-high seven boards.
? Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 89-66 in his fifth season at Texas A&M and 300-245 in 18 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT
? Texas A&M hits the road for two games next week, facing Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday before traveling to Baton Rouge to battle LSU on Saturday.

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Texas A&M Grabs Five Wins at Air Force Diving Invitational

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s diving teams combined to post five individual victories at the Air Force Diving Invitational this weekend in the final tune-up before the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Junior Madison Hudkins and freshman Sam Thornton swept the women’s and men’s springboard events, respectively, and freshman Alais Kalonji tallied her first collegiate individual victory in the women’s platform dive.

Hudkins won the women’s one-meter board with a score of 310.50 and grabbed the win on the three-meter with a score of 343.05. Kalonji took the platform win with a score of 284.20. Sophomore Zoe Alaniz was sixth in the one-meter (268.45), while Kalonji took sixth in the three-meter (272.70).

On the men’s side, Thornton scored 415.00 to win the three-meter and 345.65 for the victory in the one-meter. Also placing well were freshman Skylar Lake, who was third in the one-meter (312.25) and seventh in the three-meter (315.00), and junior Colton Haffey, who was sixth in the three-meter (348.10).

Both Texas A&M swimming and diving squads will compete next at the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo., Feb. 16-20.

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No charges filed on Manziel

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Two Texas police departments have closed their cases on a possible assault involving Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Charges have not been filed despite disturbing allegations that Manziel struck his ex-girlfriend last weekend. Colleen Crowley told police in Fort Worth that Manziel struck her “several times” and that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner acted “as if he were on some kind of drugs,” but she maintained he was not intoxicated.

Manziel will be released by Cleveland next month, ending two turbulent NFL seasons.

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Walker Scores 31, But No. 10 Women Fall At Buzzer To No. 22 Florida 83-81

GAINESVILLE, Fla.Courtney Walker scored a career-high 31 points, but No. 22 Florida held off No. 12 Texas A&M in the closing seconds for a 83-81 victory in a women’s basketball game at the O’Connell Center on Thursday.

The Aggies (15-7, 5-4 SEC) rallied from a 7-point deficit with 6:21 to play to draw within two with 3.2 seconds to play, but Jordan Jones‘ game-tying attempt fell short as the buzzer sounded.
Walker had a career-high 31 points, her first career 30+ point game. The game marked her 30th 20+ point game, which ties her with Danielle Adams for the most 20+ point games in an A&M career.

Florida (19-4, 7-3 SEC) shot 57.1% (8-of-14) on 3-pointers.

The Aggies led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but Florida responded with 34 points in the frame, capped by a Simone Westbrook 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to put the Gators up five.

Walker was joined in double figures by Chelsea Jennings (11) and Khaalia Hillsman (10).

Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m. to host No. 23 Tennessee at Reed Arena. It is the Aggies’ first regular season game broadcast on ESPN.


QUICKIE NOTES
• Texas A&M is 15-7 on the season and 5-4 in SEC play. Florida is 18-5 on the season and 6-4 in league games
• Courtney Walker had a career-high 31 points o It is the second 30+ point scoring game for A&M this season, but the first forCourtney Walker in her career
o She had her 10th game of 20+ points of the season and the 30th of her career. Her 30 career 20+ games tie Danielle Adams (2009-11) for the Texas A&M career record (since 2000-01).
o She scored in double figures for the 14th straight game and 21st time in 22 games this season. It is her 95th career double-figure scoring game
o Walker tied Tocarra Williams (2000-04) for third at Texas A&M (Since 2000-01) with her 126th career start. Walker has started every game since the start of the 2012-13 season.
• Chelsea Jennings scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and 15th time in her career
• Khaalia Hillsman scored in double figures for the sixth time this season and 11th time in her career
• Rachel Mitchell had 3 blocks, marking her fifth game of at least three blocks this year, and fourth such game since Jan. 14
• Taylor Cooper had a season-high 7 points
• Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 710-289 in his career and 302-126 in 13 seasons at Texas A&M. Among Division I coaches, he is eighth among active coaches and 13th all-time in career wins.
• Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m. to host No. 23 Tennessee at Reed Arena. It is the Aggies’ first regular season game broadcast on ESPN.

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No. 8 Men Fall at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)– Jeff Roberson scored a career-high 20 points to help Vanderbilt upset No. 8 Texas A&M 77-60 on Thursday night for the Commodores’ first win over a ranked team in four years.

Vanderbilt (13-9, 5-4 SEC) had lost its previous 13 games against ranked opponents, including six this season. The Commodores last win over a ranked opponent was in 2012 when it upset No. 1 Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference tournament final.

Texas A&M (18-4, 7-2) lost for the second time in three games, including a 74-71 defeat at Arkansas on Jan. 27.

Wade Baldwin IV had 17 points, Luke Kornet 14 and Damian Jones 13 for Vanderbilt, which tied its season high with 13 3-pointers.

Tonny Trocha-Morelos led the Aggies with 13 points. Alex Carusoadded 11 points. Danuel House scored 10. Jalen Jones, one of the nation’s top players, was held to four points as he missed 10 of his 11 shots. Texas A&M shot just 37 percent from the field.

Vanderbilt got off to a great start by taking a 14-1 lead as the Commodores hit six of their first seven shots from the floor. Damian Jones and Luke Kornet scored 16 of Vanderbilt’s first 18 points.

Texas A&M responded with a 25-9 run that gave the Aggies as 26-23 lead on Admon Gilder‘s 3-pointer with 9:17 left. Vanderbilt finished the first half with a strong push taking a 40-33 lead on a 3-pointer by Wade Baldwin IV with three seconds left in the half.

Texas A&M’s Jalen Jones missed eight of his first nine shots from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Commodores remained hot opening the second half with a 7-0 spurt that caused Aggies coach Billy Kennedy to call a timeout after Luke Kornet’s 3-pointer from the top of the key stretched Vanderbilt’s lead to 47-3 with 18:05 left.

Jeff Roberson’s layup capped a 17-1 run, giving Vanderbilt a 49-33 lead with 17:15 left.


Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
Vanderbilt 77, No. 8 Texas A&M 60
Feb. 4, 2016 ? Memorial Gym (Nashville, Tenn.)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M fell 77-60 at Vanderbilt on Thursday, dropping the Aggies’ record this season to 18-4 with a 7-2 mark in SEC play.
  • The all-time series between the schools now stands at 5-1 in favor of Vanderbilt.

TEAM NOTES                                         

  • Vanderbilt made 13 3-point baskets in the contest (13-for-29), the most allowed by Texas A&M this season … For the game, the Commodores shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59) from the field which also stood out as the highest by an A&M foe during the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Texas A&M, conversely, shot just 32 percent from the floor (21-of-57).
  • The Commodores jumped out to a hot start in the contest, racing out to a 13-point lead (14-1) with 16:47 to play in the opening period … Vandy made seven of its first nine field goal attempts.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Anthony Collins, Alex Caruso, Danuel House, Jalen Jones andTyler Davis for the ninth time this season (7-2).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore Tonny Trocha-Morelos came off the Aggie bench to score a team-high 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting … It stood out as the third highest career point total for the Cartagena, Columbia, native, who also added a career-best two blocked shots.
  • Seniors Alex Caruso and Danuel House each reached double-digit scoring, recording 11 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 89-65 in his fifth season at Texas A&M and 300-244 in 18 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT

  • Texas A&M returns to Aggieland where the Aggies will host No. 25 South Carolina on Saturday in a 3 p.m. contest that will be televised by ESPNU.

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Several B-CS student-athletes sign with colleges Wednesday

By DAVID CAMPBELL

Unlike many on national signing day, there was no last-minute decision for Rajah Preciado.

The College Station safety committed to Baylor last summer and signed his letter-of-intent Wednesday to play college football with the Bears.

 “It’s relatively close and not just locationwise,” Preciado said of his decision to play in Waco. “The people there feel close to me. It was cool. Making the decision in the summertime enabled me to go into my senior year playing free and just having fun.”

Preciado will likely be called upon to help Baylor’s special teams.

“Rajah is a really smart kid who we offered at camp last spring,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “We’re high on DBs in this class because these guys need to come in here and help us on special teams. They need to come in ready to get on the field against these explosive offenses in the Big 12, and this is one guy we think can do that.”

A special team standout, Preciado averaged 23.7 yards per punt return. He thinks he will fit into the Bears’ defense, too.

“The defense they run is the same as our defense here,” Preciado said. “That played a huge role because I come into the program really comfortable. I hope I can offer to them the kind of guy who can be dependable and play and do everything that’s right, be a good leader by example.”

Preciado’s signing gave Baylor a strong Brazos Valley contingent. Navasota’s record-setting wide receiver and U.S. Army All-American Tren’Davian Dickson is already enrolled at Baylor.

“Our four receivers we signed this year: [Dickson], Jared Atkinson, Denzel Mims and Devin Duvernay, that’s the top receiving class in America,” Briles said. “And it’s not even close.”

Will Phillips, who played linebacker for the Class 3A Division II state finalist Franklin Lions, signed with the Rice Owls.

“Will is a dominant player who is ready to step up to the collegiate level after showcasing his talents on both sides of the ball in high school,” Rice coach David Bailiff said.

Local schools held special ceremonies to honor the athletes who signed Wednesday.

Among the group, four Bryan football players will advance to college in pairs. Quarterback B.J. Ross and defensive end/linebacker Dedrick Davis will be Crusaders at Mary Hardin-Baylor, while Texas A&T signed Viking defensive linemen Daryl Anderson and Tyson Washington. A&T, a Houston-area school with no conference affiliation, has played against members of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.

Bryan’s Rebecca Adcock signed to play soccer at McNeese State.

Rudder’s Landri Brown signed for volleyball on Wednesday afternoon, after five Ranger student-athletes signed during a morning get-together at the Rudder Cafe. Brown will attend Southwestern in Georgetown.

Rudder’s signing day started late Wednesday morning with five football players. Bailey Giffen’s decision to attend UT-Permian Basis was for football and baseball. Giffen is a kicker and punter in football. Corsicana’s Navarro got the signatures of Rudder wide receiver Brian Williams and defensive lineman Josh Peoples. Jamall Collins, who played high school in the offensive and defensive backfield, will also go to Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, while tight end Kevin Ford is bound for Northwest Oklahoma State.

A&M Consolidated’s ceremony included seven athletes in five different sports.

In football, Consol running back Tyri Merchant is set to play at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Defensive back and deep snapper Will Raffield will go to West Texas A&M and receiver Kennon Williams plans to attend Southwestern.

Consol tennis player Chad Nguyen inked with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Brooke Shirley signed for women’s soccer at Stephen F. Austin with Jasmyn Steels headed to Northwestern State in track. Haley Slocum also will walk on at Texas A&M in volleyball.

Joining Preciado signing letters of intent at College Station were fellow football players Travis Bettiol and Cedrick Williams. Bettiol will attend Tarleton State, and Williams signed with Blinn.

Two Lady Cougar soccer players also signed: Lauren Spohn with Harvard and Alexis Bullard with Sam Houston State.

Navasota featured a four-player signing ceremony with record-setting quarterback Shelton Eppler going to Trinity Valley and his Rattlers’ teammate, center Dorion Meyers, headed to Texas Lutheran.

Navasota softball players Kynsee Gesch (Dallas) and Madison Witherwax (Howard Payne) also signed.

Ray Smith’s signing made history at Anderson-Shiro. By joining Texas Lutheran, the defensive lineman became the Owls’ first player to sign to play college football.

Cameron defensive lineman D’Andre Adams signed to play football at Southwestern. Rockdale’s 6-foot-6 wide receiver Cristian Lara will play at Blinn.

Brenham goalkeeper Cassidy Musser signed on for soccer at Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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No. 3 Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Defeats No. 4 Baylor

WACO, Texas – The No. 3 Texas A&M men’s tennis team defeated No. 4 Baylor, 4-2, Wednesday evening at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center in Waco, Tx. The Aggies improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Bears fell to 5-1.

With the win the Aggies improved to 34-20-1 all-time in the Battle of the Brazos. Wednesday’s defeat was just the second loss for the Bears inside the Hawkins Center since it opened in 2013, falling to 20-2 all-time at the facility.

For the fifth straight match the Aggies captured the doubles point to open the match. Sophomore Arthur Rinderknech and senior Jackson Withrowwere the first off the court with a dominating 6-1 win on doubles court two over Max Tchoutakian and Tommy Podvinski, moving to 4-0 as a pair this season. Seniors Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant fell 6-2 to Julian Lenz and Will Little on the first doubles court, the loss was the first dual doubles defeat on the season for an Aggie doubles team.

With the day’s first point on the line, No. 29 Jordi Arconada and Max Lunkinwere up to the task. After picking up an early break to take a 2-1 lead, the Bear duo squared the match at four-all. The maroon and white clad pair broke to take a 5-4, followed by securing the point on Lunkin’s serve. The sophomore/junior partnership improved to 3-0 in duals and 6-1 on the season as the defeated Felipe Rios and Jimmy Bendeck.

The two top-five teams split first sets across all six singes courts, but the Aggies increased the lead to 2-0 as No. 29 Vinsant defeated No. 59 Tchoutakian 6-4, 6-4 on court two. The New Braunfels native improved to 10-4 this year, with four wins over ranked opponents and a 3-0 mark in duals.

Withrow pushed the Bears to the brink of defeat with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court six over Podvinski., to remain perfect on the spring season at 3-0. The Bears clawed back into the match as Lenz defeated No. 5 Rinderknech 6-4, 6-1 on court one and Rios defeated Arconada 7-5, 6-4 on court three.

As the match neared a conclusion, Adams and sophomore AJ Catanzariti were in a race to clinch the match for the Aggies. Adams marched back from a 6-3 first set defeat at the hands of Little, but claimed 11 of the next 16 games to lead 5-2 in the third set. Before Adams could serve for the victory, Catanzariti clinched the win for A&M 6-3, 7-6(3) on court five over Bendeck. The Pittsburgh native stands at 7-4 on the season and 3-0 in duals.

The Aggies return to play with a pair of double headers at the Mitchell Tennis Center this weekend. The action begins Friday at noon as the maroon and white take on UTRGV, followed by a 6 p.m. match up against No. 28 Florida State. Sunday the Aggies face No. 13 South Florida at noon before concluding the four-match home stand against St. Edward’s at 4:30 p.m.

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#3 Texas A&M 4, #4 Baylor 2
Feb 03, 2016 at Waco, Texas
Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center

Singles competition
1. Julian Lenz (BU) def. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. #59 Max Tchoutakian (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Felipe Rios (BU) def. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Will Little (BU) vs. Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 3-6, 2-5, unfinished
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Julian Lenz/Will Little (BU) def. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2
2. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Max Tchoutakian/Tommy Podvinski (BU) 6-1
3. #29 Max Lunkin/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Felipe Rios/Jimmy Bendeck (BU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Texas A&M 5-0; National ranking #3
Baylor 5-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (2, 6, 1, 3, 5)

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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USA Baseball Honors Hendrix

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M junior pitcher Ryan Hendrix was honored by USA Baseball on Wednesday for the ‘2015 International Performance of the Year’, recognizing his effort in a combined no-hitter against the Cuban National Team.

The Cypress, Texas native played on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team over the summer along with teammate Nick Banks. During the first of a five-game series against Cuba, Hendrix and two other pitchers held their opponent hitless, marking the first time ever the Cubans have been no-hit in international competition.

Hendrix was on the mound for Team USA to earn the save and clinch the no-hitter which had been started by fellow SEC pitchers Tanner Houck (Missouri) and A.J. Puk (Florida). Hendrix worked a perfect ninth, capping USA Baseball’s third-ever no-hitter.

“It was really cool to be a part of it,” Hendrix said. “In the bullpen, I didn’t realize we had a no-hitter going. Then in the ninth inning, when I got out on the mound, I realized it was happening. Cuba is known for their baseball, so it’s surreal to think that I was a part of the first-ever no-hit against them.”

USA Baseball, the national governing body of the sport, recognized the no-hitter as 2015 USA Baseball International Performance of the Year, naming Houck, Puk, and Hendrix along with their battery mate Chris Okey (Clemson) as the recipients of the award.

Hendrix led the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team with three saves last summer.

Last season, Hendrix pitched in 23 games for the Aggies as a sophomore, logging a 6-4 record with five saves and a 3.66 ERA. He registered 69 strikeouts in 59.0 innings. In his 18 games out of the bullpen in 2015, Hendrix was 5-2 with five saves, a 0.73 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.0 innings.

Hendrix earned Preseason All-America honors from D1Baseball.com heading into the 2016 campaign.

The Aggies begin the 2016 campaign on February 19 with a three game set against Hofstra on Blue Bell Park on Olsen Field.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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