With a dominant effort on the glass and the defensive end of the court, the Baylor Bears defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 77-63 in a game that the Bears simply dominated after the Aggies led 10-3 after the first 4 minutes of action. A stunning 38-17 edge in rebounds carried the Bears on both ends of the court, with 18 second chance points on 17 offensive rebounds and holding A&M without an offensive rebound for the entire game. "I thought that rebounding-wise, as a coach, you could not be more pleased with what we were able to do on the glass and with second chance points” said Coach Drew after the Bears win.
With Jonathan Motley scoring a career high 22 points while also chipping in 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Motley had been held scoreless the previous two games, but came up big for the Bears last night. "My team was like, `welcome back Mot.' Every player goes through one of those slumps, and I just had to change up some things and get back to my old self,” said the redshirt freshman center.
The Bears also welcomed back Kenny Chery, who had missed the previous four games. While the senior point guard did not start, he came off the bench quickly, playing 21 minutes and scoring 7 points to go along with 2 assists and 3 steals. Chery did leave the game early with an injury, but it was to his knee, not his foot that had kept him out the previous 4 games. Coach Drew said after the game that he would be fine.
The Aggies came out of the game quickly, hitting 2 of their first 3 shots from behind the arc en route to a 12-4 lead. Baylor would charge back with a 14-1 run behind some dominant rebounding and second chance points. Texas A&M would respond though, and retake the lead at 26-25 with 4 minutes to go in the half. It was the last time the Aggies would lead, as Baylor would end the half on an 11-3 run to take a 7 point lead at halftime.
The second half would be a continuation of those last four minutes, with Baylor dominating the interior, snatching up every rebound and loose ball and building a 22 point lead with 7 minutes to go in the game. The Aggies would score only 6 points in the first 7 minutes of game action, while Baylor would build the lead up t0 19 points. After that, it was all but over the Aggies even as they cut the final deficit to 14.
Fun Stats of the Game
-Baylor had as many offensive rebounds (17) as Texas A & M had as a whole (17)
-Texas A & M is the first SEC team to be held without an offensive rebound in 19 years
-Baylor has won 6-straight games against SEC team and has won 6-straight against Texas A & M dating back to the Big 12 era
-The Bears went on a 43-18 run from the 5:52 mark of the first half to the 6:56 mark of the 2nd half to take its largest lead of the game (63-41)
-The Bears dominated in transition in the 2nd half, scoring 17 points off of turnovers in that half, and 24 for the game
-Rico Gathers made 7 of 8 free throws
-The Aggies only got up 38 shots on the game (making 22 of them) while the Bears shot the ball 61 times
Player of the Game
Jonathan Motley – 22 points, 11 rebounds
Welcome back Mot! After two games in which the freshman struggled, Jonathan Motley put up his finest game in green and gold. He was 9-16 from the field, and had team high 8 offensive rebounds. He was simply dominant in the paint, where the Aggies had no answer. Motley controlled the offensive glass and had several key tip-ins after misses for the Bears.