Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Bulldogs Go Wire-To-Wire In Win Over Texas A&M

Bulldogs Go Wire-To-Wire In Win Over Texas A&M

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy extended his job for at least a day as the Aggies handled Vanderbilt 69-52 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nashville, Tenn.

Flagg has found his way over the second-half of the season and is peaking when the depleted Aggies need a consistent playmaker the most. We have a good class coming in.

Grant Williams led Tennessee in scoring and rebounding with 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while Admiral Schofield came 2nd in scoring with 16.3 points per game and Jordan Bone came 3rd while leading the Vols in assists with 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game this season. Their last loss to an SEC team was against No. 9 Mississippi State in the SEC tournament by a narrow margin, 3-4. Aggies junior Josh Nebo said Kennedy's demeanour didn't change despite reports that the coach will be fired at season's end.

"When you hear something as you walk into the gym and you hear it off the internet, that's not the way you want to hear something like that going into a tournament trying to play for a championship or trying to win games in the SEC", Kennedy said. That's back-to-back games where we had 22, our previous game against Texas A&M, our last game of the year, then 17 today.

The players on the team are stepping up and making names for themselves very early on in their collegiate careers, and they are very good in singles competition with players like sophomore Hady Habib, who was dominant against Ohio State.

It was almost Friday morning before the Tennessee basketball team learned who their first game opponent was going to be. Last night we played really well, played with a lot of energy.

"There's definitely some things that we recognized several months ago, some necessary changes that needed to happen", Drew said.

Texas A&M was sparked by a 21-point, 10-rebound effort from Savion Flagg.

Abdul Ado notched seven points and four rebounds whereas T.J. Gray (Columbus) and Tate Clayton (Tupelo) rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs during the final minutes. This team is poised to be around for a long time and are only going to get better.

Christian Mekowulu hit a jumper within the first minute, and Flagg added a jumper as Texas A&M took control from the opening tip.

Another fastbreak dunk by Flagg, this one with 1:31 left, followed by his buzzer-beating 3-pointer, put Texas A&M up 34-19, its biggest lead of the half.

The Commodores mounted a 13-2 run to pull within 10 with 6:23 to play, but their steam in their hometown quickly fizzled. It never went below 10 after halftime. It marked his fifth consecutive game, and the seventh time during the last eight outings that Carter has provided double-digit points. Ryan finished 1 of 8 beyond the arc, and Vandy was just 3 of 23.

In addition, there's another budding star named sophomore Barnaby Smith, who was selected as the SEC Player of the Week back in February.

Vanderbilt: A decision on whether Drew gets a fourth season. Mississippi State also doubled up the Aggies in paint points, 36-18, and came away with 14 of the game's 20 points on second-chance opportunities.

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