Ole Miss Drops Road Contest at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (WCBI/AP) — Danuel House scored 13 points to lead four Texas A&M players in double figures, and the Aggies snapped a four-game skid with a 71-56 win over Mississippi on Tuesday night.
The Aggies trailed by double digits in the first half before rallying to take the lead.
They led by 5 at halftime and were still up by that amount before scoring the next eight points to extend their advantage to 53-40 with about 15 1/2 minutes remaining. House got A&M going in that stretch with a 3-pointer and Jalen Jones added a dunk to help Texas A&M (19-7, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) push the lead.
Mississippi (16-10, 6-7) missed six shots in that span, with four coming on layups and never threatened again.
The Rebels were led by Stefan Moody’s 17 points.
Tyler Davis added 11 points for A&M and Anthony Collins and D.J. Hogg had 10 apiece.
Ole Miss couldn’t do much in the second half offensively and made just 2 of 20 shots in a stretch in the second half that ended with about one minute remaining. The Aggies used a 6-0 run at the end of that span to stretch the lead to 71-54.
Texas A&M dropped out of the top 25 this week after a loss at LSU that was its fifth in six games. Their last three games had been close, with the losses coming by a combined nine points. Early on it looked like they might be headed for another defeat with Ole Miss jumping out to a 20-11 lead after a 3-pointer by Moody with about 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Aggies found their offense soon after that, using a 13-5 run to cut the lead to 25-24. Admon Gilder opened that spurt with a 3-point play and House capped it with another one.
Tomasz Gielo made a 3-pointer for the Rebels, but A&M responded with three consecutive dunks to take a 30-28 lead about 4 1/2 minutes before halftime.
The game was tied a couple of minutes later when the Aggies scored eight straight points, with the first six on free throws, to make it 40-32.
But Moody hit a 3 at the buzzer to cut the lead to 5 at halftime.
After Texas A&M built the big lead in the second half both teams went on scoring droughts. The Aggies finally broke theirs on a jump shot by Tavario Miller about two minutes after their last basket.
Mississippi scored for the first in almost 3 1/2 minutes after that on a bucket by Sebastian Saiz that cut the lead to 56-46.
Jones collected his fourth foul with about eight minutes left and went to the bench. He returned with about 3 1/2 minutes left and finished with six points and nine rebounds.
Moody was shaken up with about 10 minutes left when he was knocked to the ground on a foul by Hogg. He remained on the ground for a couple of minutes before getting up and making both free throws and he seemed to be OK after that.
Mississippi: Gielo finished with 15 points and led the team with eight rebounds. … Moody, who leads the SEC in scoring, made just five of 19 shots. … Martavious Newby had five assists.
Texas A&M: The Aggies are 14-1 at home this season. … Collins played after struggling with a stomach virus for the last few days. … House had seven rebounds.
Mississippi: Travels to Auburn on Saturday.
Texas A&M: Hosts No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday.