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Texas A&M dispatches Providence 73-69; Advances to the Round of 32

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The Aggies await the winner of UNC/Lipscomb Later today

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Texas A&M vs Providence Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

That was fun.

We struggled early, but we stuck around during a lackluster first half and pulled away late with some of our best basketball of the season.

Providence scored late to keep it close, but in the end the game was pretty comfortable.

Let’s break it down.

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Seizing the moment?

We had a chance to put on a show this afternoon, particularly in the first half when our game was running unopposed.

We responded with a boring first half that probably put the nation to sleep.

The Aggies opened with an 0-10 stretch from the field, and we were frankly realllly fortunate that we weren’t down double digits early. We settled down, and ultimately ended the half with a lead that we didn’t entirely deserve.

Halftime Score: Texas A&M 28, Providence 27

Pulling Away

In the second half, things got better. We didn’t exactly shut the Friars down defensively, but we limited the [i]wide open[/i] back door layups and kept the game close. This allowed us to pull away during two spectacular stretches that put the game away.

The first stretch was entirely driven by DJ Hogg. Hogg nailed a three and made a spectacular block at the rim, spuring an easy fast break and a run that eventually led us leading by 10.

Providence responded, to their credit, but we pulled away a [i]second[/i], this time driven by Robert Williams.

That was basically it. Providence hit a couple of late threes, but the damage was done. We had punched our ticket to the round of 32.

Final Score: Texas A&M 73, Providence 69

Box Score

Individual Notes

  • Tyler Davis: Man’s game. Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds on 6-10 shooting. He was 2-8 from the line... but that’s the only downside to an otherwise great performance down low. The big man gave us a great game in a big spot.
  • Robert Williams murdered the entire University of Providence with a hellacious windmill, but beyond that he played a pretty dang good game. He nabbed 13 points and 14 boards on 6-9 shooting. We had the clear advantage down low, and we (eventually) exploited that advantage.
  • TJ Starks gave us the TJ Starks performance of a lifetime. 15 points, 8 assists, 6 turnovers, and a handful of “what is happening” moments that miraculously did not become turnovers. Just... keep doing you man. We’ll iron out the kinks in the offseason.
  • Finally, Admon Gilder. Gilder led the team in scoring with 18 points and had a really solid day on the defensive end. It was nice to have him fully involved in the offense again.

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We’re in the Round of 32, gang.

BTHO UNC or Lipscomb