Aggies fall to UConn, 92-66

West region No. 1 seed UConn opened up an 18-point halftime lead and cruised to a 92-66 win over Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. A.J. Price scored 27 points and Jeff Adrien added 23 to lead the Huskies. A successful Aggie season ends after becoming one of just three teams to have won a postseason game in each of the last five years.

West region No. 1 seed UConn opened up an 18-point halftime lead and cruised to a 92-66 win over No. 9 seed Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

UConn used hot shooting and intimidating defense to race out to an 18-point lead, 27-9, at the 8:25 mark in the first half.

A.J. Price hit a three-point jumper at the 3:19 mark to give UConn its biggest lead of the first half , 24 points, 46-22.

The Aggies clawed some back to reduce the halftime margin to 18, 51-33.

In the first half, the Aggies shot just 34.2% (13 of 38) compared to UConn's 58.6 % (17 of 29) that included 4 of 7 (57.1%) from 3-point range.

The Aggies were called for 11 personal fouls in the first half and UConn hit 13 of 14 free throw attempts (93%).

The Aggies needed a rebounding edge to be competitive in this game, but UConn outrebounded the Aggies 17-16 in the first half.

Individually in the first half, Jeff Adrien connected on 7 of 8 field goals in scoring 15 points, while A.J. Price scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers.l

For the Aggies, Derrick Roland shot just 1 of 8 in the first half.

The Aggies did hold UConn center Hasheem Thabeet to just 6 points, 1 rebound and 1 blocked shot in the first half.

The Aggies cut the UConn lead to 14 points, 53-39, in the first two minutes of the second half, while tagging both Thatbeet and Adrien with their third personal fouls.

UConn continued to shoot almnost 60% and went on a 19-11 run to extend the lead back out to 22 points with 12:14 left in the game.

From this point UConn cruised to a 92-66 win over Texas A&M.

Texas A&M never quit fighting in this game, but with UConn shooting 58% for the game, sinking 21 free throws, and outrebounding A&M 36-24, the Aggies were bound to struggle to compete.

The Aggies accomplished one of their goals in this game, holding 7-3 center Hasheem Thabeet to 6 points, 4 rebounds and 1 blocked shots.

But the defense of Thabeet threw off the Aggie offense and was key to Texas A&M shooting just 40%. The Aggies got little help from 3-point range, hitting just 3 of 15 attempts.

A.J. Price and Jeff Adrien provided the scoring punch for UConn, with Price scoring 27 points and Adrien adding 23 to lead the Huskies.

Bryan Davis and Donald Sloan each scored 12 points for the Aggies, and freshman David Loubeau came off the bench to score 11.

A successful Aggie season ends after becoming one of just three teams to have won a postseason game in each of the last five years.

This Aggie team showed amazing fight in coming back from 3-7 in the Big 12, to win 6 in a row to earn its fourth straight NCAA tourney invite, and to handily beat BYU in the first round of the tourney.

Texas A&M only loses one starter, Josh Carter, and will be one of the teams to watch next season.

Thanks men for a great season !

 


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