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Texas A&M defeats Auburn 81-62

The Aggies were on fire, submitting the best single game shooting percentage (68.9%) by a power five team this season.

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Texas A&M Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

In the midst of a lost season filled with offensive issues, we submitted the third best shooting night in program history and the best shooting performance by a power five team this season. The result was a stress-free evening where Auburn never really threatened to make it a game.

Box Score

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But really, these offensive numbers are insane

  • The Aggies shot 31-45 (68.9%) from the field
  • This includes a 9-14 effort from beyond the arc (64.3%)
  • Both percentages eclipsed our effort from the free throw line (55.6%), because that makes perfect sense
  • The worst individual shooting performance of the evening? Tonny Trocha-Morelos, who still shot over 50% (5-9)
  • After a quick 20-6 lead, the Aggies maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the day
  • Even the normally quiet bench kicked in 16 points on 6-8 shooting

The baseball team just won three games by a combined score of 50-8, but the most ruthlessly efficient offensive performance of the weekend happened at Reed Arena.

A Kobie Eubanks appearance!

We knew the announcement of DJ Hogg’s season-ending injury would adjust the rotation, but the 25 minutes given to Kobie Eubanks was still the most surprising development of the evening.

And y’all, Eubanks was solid. Eight points (3-5 FG), six rebounds, and no turnovers.

We may have found Hogg’s replacement for the remainder of the season.

Robert Williams outdoes himself

13 points (6-8 FG), 9 rebounds... and six blocks. Six. That’s a career high for the Freshman, who now has 69 on the season. More from the 12thman.com recap:

Freshman Robert Williams fell just short of a fourth straight double-double, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds … The Vivian, La., native also blocked a career-high six Tiger shot attempts, giving him 69 swats on the season, the second most for a season in A&M history (108, David Harris [1989-90]) … The six-block game was the most by an Aggie since Chinemelu Elonu posted a similar six-block performance against Florida A&M in 2009.

The performance also extended Williams' nation-leading blocked shot streak to 26 games, as well as marking his 20th multi-block game and his ninth game with four or more blocks.

Trocha had the quote of the night when asked about advice for future opponents

"If I saw Robert, I would pass the ball, honestly."

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The overall body of work hasn’t been great, but we have looked better lately. We’re 3-2 in our last five, with two single-digit losses at Florida and Vanderbilt, and its nice to show signs of life in the waning weeks of a disappointing season.

Next up is a visit to up-and-down Arkansas, who just ended a two-game losing streak with a mammoth win over surprising Alabama.

BTHO Arkansas