This was more like it.
Our previous ‘cupcake’ games had been a little close for comfort down the stretch, but this one was never in doubt beyond a frantic opening eight minutes.
Let’s break it down.
Savannah State was grossly undersized and out-talented, and they game into the game with one overarching idea: pack in a tight zone, and shoot their way to success. The result was a game that had pretty much everything but shooting racks on the floor, as the teams shot a combined 78 threes on the evening.
Savannah State hit a few early, and we were sloppy during that same stretch, which kept us to only a 26-22 advantage through eight minutes. But then our shots started dropping, and things started to get out of hand.
A 17-3 run pushed our halftime lead to nineteen points, and we never looked back.
Halftime Score: Texas A&M 52, Savannah State 33
We Never Let Up
The second half played out like a glorified exhibition, with Savannah State shooting each time they got within 40 feet, A&M routinely working sets for open threes, and both times running at full speed at every opportunity.
It was super fun. For us, at least.
Even with Robert Williams and Isiah Jasey out through injury, the Aggies were able to give significant minutes to the second unit. It was particularly fun to watch an extended passage of play with four fish (Caldwell, Chandler, Starks, Flagg) on the floor at one time.
It was a fun little glimpse at our future.
Final Score: Texas A&M 113, Savannah State 66
We weren’t going to learn a ton about our program tonight, but it was nice to see us show a little intensity before the final ten minutes. We put the clamps down early and overwhelmed a bad opponent, which is exactly what you look for in games like this.
Next up is Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, December 19th