Texas A&M Gets Win Over Alabama

An Alabama team with a loss to Belmont and its most impressive win having come over Mercer could hardly be expected to go on the road and compete with the nation's ninth-ranked team. In the final analysis, the Crimson Tide was not able to upset Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

The Alabama basketball team came up on the short end of a 76-63 decision against the undefeated Texas A&M Aggies. Bama Coach Mark Gottfried's team needs to improve if this is going to be a successful season, but there were certainly signs against the Aggies that substantial improvement is possible.

Alabama had the lead for much of the first half, and the Tide seemed likely to be close at halftime. But a flurry of mistakes by Bama and opportunism by A&M gave the Aggies a nine-point lead at intermission.

Alabama fought back in the second half, out-scoring the home team 9-2 to start the second half. Midway through the period Bama was down by three points, 50-47, and the Tide had a layup chance. But the shot missed. Texas A&M got a three-point shot from Josh Carter, then made a quick steal and an uncontested dunk for an eight-point lead and went on to the easy victory.

In addition to lapses, Bama had an unusually poor shooting night from the lines. From the three-point line Alabama was only two of 11. From the foul line, the Tide was 9-17.

A fear going into the game was that the large front line of the Aggies would result in rebounding domination. A&M out-rebounded Alabama 10-2 in the first five minutes of the game, but the Tide was even the rest of the game. It ended up a 38-30 Texas A&M advantage.

"Give them credit," Gottfried said. "They are a good team. Their experience showed at key times and our inexperience showed at key times.

"We have to quit making mistakes. There is a lot of teaching and coaching we have to do if we are going to get better."

The Tide coach noted that Alabama had onlyh 13 turnovers, but that they seemed to come at the worst times. And, he said, Texas A&M too advantage of those miscues.

Alabama was led by Richard Hendrix, who had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Alonzo Gee, who also had 19 points.

The Aggies were led by Donald Sloan, who had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Texas A&M, coming off the championship of the Pre-Season NIT, improved to 7-0. Alabama fell to 3-2. Among those in the crowd of over 10,000 was former President Bush.

Alabama returns to action at 6 p.m. CST Saturday hosting Southeastern Louisiana.

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