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NIT - 1st Round - Reed Arena - College Station, TX

No. 1-seeded Aggies pull away from Alcorn State in NIT

113 days ago
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Tyrece Radford recorded 14 points and 14 rebounds to lift Texas A&M to a 74-62 win over Alcorn State inside Reed Arena in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night.

Wade Taylor IV and Hassan Diarra each had 12 points for Texas A&M (24-12). Quenton Jackson had 10 points.

Dominic Brewton scored a season-high 20 points for the Braves (17-17). Lenell Henry added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Oddyst Walker had 10 points.

Texas A&M improves to 24-12 overall, the most wins by an A&M team since the 2015-16 squad recorded 28 victories.

The Maroon & White have won eight of their last nine games, with their only defeat coming in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship against No. 9 Tennessee. The Aggies have played five games in the last six days and have gone 4-1 in that span. Five games in six days is a Texas A&M program record.

A&M climbs to 8-7 overall in the NIT and advances to the second round of the tournament for the third-consecutive time.

The Aggies are 4-2 in NIT games played in Bryan-College Station, and Coach Buzz Williams sits one win away from cracking the 300-win mark in his collegiate coaching career. Williams is now 299-191 all-time.

Team Notes

  • The Aggies improve to 4-0 in the all-time series with Alcorn State, winning the first meeting of the two programs since 2011.
  • Manny Obaseki's layup at the 19:15 mark of the second half sparked a 10-0 run resulting in a 37-30 Aggie lead.
  • A layup by Tyrece Radford initiated an 11-2 Aggie run beginning at the 8:08 mark of the second half culminating in a 65-46 advantage.
  • The Maroon & White matched their season high in free throws made, going 26-of-28 at the line. A&M last sunk 26 free throws against Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament last week.
  • Texas A&M forced 16 turnovers and surrendered 13. A&M is 20-6 this season when it wins the turnover battle. The Aggies converted 21 points from Braves turnovers.
  • A&M capitalized off the bench, outscoring Alcorn State by a 28-7 margin.
  • The Maroon & White are now 19-8 when outscoring their opponents off the pine.
  • Texas A&M utilized a starting lineup of Quenton Jackson, Wade Taylor IV, Henry Coleman III, Tyrece Radford and Manny Obaseki for the ninth time (8-1)

Individual Notes

  • Tyrece Radford set a career high with 14 rebounds and finished as the game-high rebounder. His previous career-best mark of 13 boards was set on Nov. 28, 2020, against Villanova during his tenure at Virginia Tech.
  • Radford was the first Aggie to have at least 14 rebounds in a game since Josh Nebo collected 15 against Texas Southern on Dec. 30, 2019.
  • Radford finished as the Aggies leading scorer with 14 points on 50% shooting from the floor. Radford has scored in double figures in each of the last 10 games. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native secured his first double-double since arriving at Texas A&M and the fifth of his collegiate career.
  • Radford also swiped a season high-tying three steals. The junior has recorded three steals in five games this season, most recently at Ole Miss on Feb. 26.
  • Wade Taylor IV scored in double figures for the 13th time in his career, logging 12 points.
  • Quenton Jackson notched 10 points, his 28th double-digit scoring game this season.
  • Jackson has booked 10 or more points in 17 of his last 18 games.
  • Hassan Diarra recorded his 10th double-digit scoring game with 12 points, bolstered by an 8-for-8 performance at the free-throw line. Diarra has logged double figures in three of the last five games.

Up Next

Texas A&M men's basketball continues its run in the National Invitation Tournament as it hosts No. 5 Oregon Ducks inside Reed Arena on either Saturday, March 19 or Sunday, March 20.