Excessive turnovers and early fouls sealed the Aggies' fate Tuesday night, when A&M fell to UT 84-108 before 10,877 orange-clad fans in Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena.
From the start, Texas A&M (3-1) faced an uphill battle, as the Aggies' attack was limited early. After only five minutes of play, forward Jesse Wright left the game with an apparent hip injury. Adding to the Aggies' woes, Leandro Garcia-Morales, Andy Slocum, Nick Anderson, and Antoine Wright all found themselves on the bench in early foul trouble.
Despite a limited number of available players, Texas A&M only trailed UT (3-0) by one point at the half. However, as tight as the Aggies were able to keep the game in the first half, the second half told a different story.
Tennessee went on a 13-2 run, taking a 58-46 lead with 16:23 remaining in the game. The Aggies were never able to recover. Missed free throws, more fouls, and an overall lackluster effort in the second half kept this contest out of reach for A&M.
Acie Law lead the Ags on offense with 19 points. Law went eight for 10 from the free throw line and added three assists. True freshman Keith Blanks also contributed with 12 points and two blocked shots.
Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon and Brandon Crump single-handedly brutalized Texas A&M's defense. McFadgon scored a game-high 23 points, while Crump had 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Aggies travel to Rochester, MI to face Oakland this Saturday at 5pm.
A tale of two halves
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