Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

By RONALD BLUM

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America but received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.

Bagwell drew 86.2 percent and Raines got 86 percent. Rodriguez had 76 percent _ he received four more votes than the necessary 332 of 442 (75 percent).

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

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Arkansas Rallies to Top A&M, 62-60

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Daryl Macon scored 16 points and Moses Kingsley followed with 12 as Arkansas overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to defeat Texas A&M 62-60 on Tuesday night.

Arkansas (14-4, 3-3 Southeastern) led 61-60 with 26 seconds remaining when the Razorbacks’ Jaylen Barford missed two free throws. On the second, A&M’s D.J. Hogg and Robert Williams became entangled in fighting for the rebound under the basket, and the ball rolled out of bounds on the Aggies.

Following the inbound pass Macon dribbled the ball out of bounds in trying to escape a trap, and the Aggies (9-8, 1-5) had another chance. But Hogg’s long-range, off-balanced offering missed its mark by a long shot with seven seconds left, and Macon was fouled on the other end of the floor by Tyler Davis.

Macon made his first free throw and missed his second, and a runner from a few feet above the top of the key by A&M’s Admon Gilder bounced off the rim as time expired.

Gilder led the Aggies with 16 points, and Tyler Davis followed with 14.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Center Tyler Davis

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Arkansas Head Coach Mike Anderson

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Old SWC Rivals Square Off Tonight on WTAW

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Aggie Basketball Game #17:

Texas A&M (9-7; 1-4 SEC) vs. Arkansas (13-4; 2-3 SEC)

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 · 6:00 p.m. (CT)

Reed Arena (12,989) · College Station, Texas

TV: SEC Network (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Adam Amin, Play-by-Play
Jon Sunvold, Commentary

RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
   Dave South, Play-by-Play
   Al Pulliam, Commentary

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will renew acquaintances with a familiar foe Tuesday night inside Reed Arena when it hosts Arkansas at 6 p.m.

The old Southwest Conference rivals have faced off 153 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season. The Razorbacks stand out as the sixth-most common opponent in A&M men’s basketball history.

Road wins have been difficult to come by in the series with Arkansas losing its last three visits to Aggieland. The last Razorback win in College Station came on Jan. 23, 1991, during Arkansas’ final year of competition in the SWC.

The matchup will be nationally televised on SEC Network with Adam Amin calling the play-by-play action and Jon Sunvold providing color commentary. Radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

Tuesday night will be Throwback Night at Reed Arena with a bevy of promotions planned, including a costume contest, classic poster giveaway and the opportunity for one lucky fan in attendance to participate in the $5,000 half court challenge. Additionally, the action on the court will have the look of yesteryear as the Aggies will don retro warmups and uniforms for the game.

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Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Point Guard JC Hampton

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Center Tyler Davis

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SETTING THE SCENE

• After playing three of its last four contests away from home the Aggie return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena to host Arkansas Tuesday night.
• For the long-time Southwest Conference foes, the meeting will be the 154th all-time on the hardwood but just the seventh as SEC members.

AGGIES AMONG THE SEC & NATIONAL LEADERS (Through 1/14 games)

• The Aggies rank 14th nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.9 per contest.
• On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking second in the SEC by shooting 47.6 percent from the field as a team as well as second in the SEC in assists with an average of 17.1 per contest … The Aggies are third in the league with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Defensively, A&M ranks third field goal percentage defense by allowing opponents to shoot just 39.6 from the field.
• In the SEC rebounding column, A&M leads the conference in rebounding margin at +6.6 and in offensive rebound percentage at 39.7 percent … The Aggies are 16th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.75).
• Nationally, the Aggies rank 23rd in fewest fouls this season (267).
• Rookie Robert Williams continues to stand out as one of the SEC’s brightest freshman, ranking second in the league (19th nationally) with 41 blocked shots for an average of 2.6 per game.
• Sophomore Tyler Davis leads the SEC and ranks 17th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting 60.9 percent from the field … He also ranks seventh in the SEC in total rebounding at 6.9 per contest while checking at second on the offensive glass at 3.3 offensive rebounds per outing.
• Second-year guard Admon Gilder appears throughout the lists of SEC statistical leaders, ranking sixth in steals per game (1.9), eighth assists per game (4.2) and 10th minutes played (31.5).
• Sophomore DJ Hogg continues to rank among the SEC’s top sharpshooters, checking in at sixth in the league shooting 40.7 percent from long range while making 2.5 3-point baskets per contest, third in the SEC.

TRENDS & SUPERLATIVES

• Sophomore Tyler Davis scored 16 points Saturday at Mississippi State to lead the Aggies, the 11th time he has paced the team in scoring during his two-year career.
• Freshman Robert Williams notched a pair of blocked shots at MSU to extend his blocked shot streak to 16 games as well as bringing his team-leading blocked shots total to 41 … It stands as the longest such streak by an Aggie since Bryan Davis had a 17-game block streak from Nov. 29, 2009 to Feb. 3, 2010.
• In just his third career start last Wednesday vs. LSU, sophomore guard Chris Collins set career highs in points (12), assists (8), rebounds (4) and 3-point field goals (2) … Collins’ eight assists were the second most by an Aggie this season, trailing only DJ Hogg‘s nine against A&M-Corpus Christi (12/5/16).

NOTING ARKANSAS

• Arkansas is coming off a 92-73 win over Missouri on Saturday in Fayetteville that gave the Razorbacks a 13-4 overall record with a 2-3 mark in SEC games.
• The Razorbacks are 10-2 at Bud Walton Arena this season but just 1-2 in road games.
• Senior forward Moses Kingsley, who was named SEC Preseason Player of the Year, is enjoying a solid campaign as he averages 11.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per contest … The Abuja, Nigeria, native ranks second in the SEC in rebounding and first in blocked shots.
• Senior guard Dusty Hannahs leads team in scoring at 14.2 points per outing, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from 3-point range … The Texas Tech transfer paces the SEC and ranks 10th nationally by shooting 91.2 percent from the free throw line.
• Veteran head coach Mike Anderson is in his sixth season at the helm in Fayetteville … Anderson’s Razorbacks went 16-16 last season with a 9-9 SEC record that saw them finish in a tie for eighth in the league.
• The Razorbacks were picked to finish in fifth in a preseason poll of media that cover the SEC.
• Razorback associate head coach Melvin Watkins served as the 18th head coach in Texas A&M men’s basketball history from 1998-2004 … In six seasons on the Aggie bench, Watkins compiled a 60-112 (.349) record.

SERIES HISTORY VS ARKANSAS (ARKANSAS LEADS 98-55)

• Wednesday will be the seventh SEC contest between the Aggies & Razorbacks … the two schools shared a spot in the Southwest Conference from 1915 until 1991 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
• The two schools have faced off 153 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season … Arkansas stands out as the sixth-most common opponent in A&M men’s basketball history.
• Texas A&M is winless during its last eight trips to Fayetteville, having last won at Arkansas on March 1, 1986.
• Last season the two schools split a pair of meetings with each team winning on its home court.
• A&M’s Billy Kennedy is 3-4 all-time as a head coach against the Razorbacks … his lone meeting against Arkansas prior to his tenure at A&M came during the 1997-98 season while the head coach at Centenary … the Gents fell in Fayetteville 61-48.
• Kennedy’s head coaching counterpart, Arkansas’ Mike Anderson, is 3-9 all-time against the Aggies.

UP NEXT AFTER THE ARKANSAS GAME

Texas A&M continues its two-game homestand at Reed Arena by hosting Georgia at 11 a.m. on Saturday … The game is slated to be televised on ESPN2.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Texans offensive coordinator Godsey won’t return

(Source: @HoustonTexans)

(Source: @HoustonTexans)

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey will not return next season.

The team announced the move Monday afternoon saying that the team and Godsey “have mutually agreed to part ways.”

Coach Bill O’Brien says in a release that he is “grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George has made to our team over the last three years.”

Godsey was in his second season as offensive coordinator after working as quarterbacks coach in his first year with the team in 2014.

His work came under fire this season as Houston’s offense ranked near the bottom of the league behind the struggles of new quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Godsey called the plays at the beginning of the season, but O’Brien took away his play-calling duties and began calling them himself in late September after the offense failed to move the ball consistently.

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Premier Development League Soccer Headed to the Brazos Valley

Bryan-College Station, TX (January 16, 2017) – The Clutch Entertainment Group announced today that the Brazos Valley will have a franchise competing in the Premier Development League for the upcoming 2017 season.
The announcement was held at the Calvary Court Boutique Hotel today with over 100 guests from the community in attendance.
The Premier Development League was founded in 1995 and features 67 teams in four conferences and has teams in both the United States and Canada. According to the PDL website, 70 percent of players drafted into the MLS have played in the PDL. The PDL consist mainly of elite level college players and 85 percent of rosters consist of players who have played college soccer in North America.
Brazos Valley will be an affiliate of the Houston Dynamo, the first time an affiliated team will be in the area in over 60 years. The team will have a multi-year agreement with the Dynamo. Houston will have a hybrid affiliation meaning they will be responsible for selecting players and coaching staff. The hybrid affiliation is the first of its kind in the PDL. Clutch Entertainment Group, which owns the Brazos Valley Bombers, will handle the day-to-day operations of the club.
The team name will be decided on by a fan vote online. The contest will start tomorrow and will be located on the team website, www.bvsoccer2017.com.
The head coach for the inaugural season will be James Clarkson. Clarkson has been with the Houston Dynamo for 10 years as the Academy Director and oversaw the creation and development of that program. He played professionally in New Zealand for Manawatu AFC and also played non-league soccer in England. Nine of his Academy players have signed professionally with the 1st team and three of his players are currently on the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros roster.
The Brazos Valley will play their home games at Nutrabolt Stadium, home of the Brazos Valley Bombers. The city approved $1.86 million of join effort renovations which will make the field a multi-sport facility.
Brazos Valley will be a part of the Southern Conference and will compete in the Mid-South Division. Last year the Mid-South Division was comprised of five teams and the conference consisted of 12 teams.
The home opener is on June 5th and the team will have 14 regular season games and one friendly match. They will play eight home games and seven road games.

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Packers pull off upset in Big-D

ARLNGTON, Texas (AP) _ The first major upset of the NFL playoffs has occurred and the victims are the Dallas Cowboys, the top seed in the NFC. The Green Bay Packers stunned Dallas 34-31. The Cowboys have won just two playoff games since 1996.

Mason Crosby boomed a 51-yard field goal at the final gun to send the Packers to the NFC title game against Atlanta. Crosby had hit a 56-yarder with 1:33 left before the Cowboys tied it. The big play in Green Bay’s game-winning drive was a 35-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Collins on a third-and-20 situation.

Rodgers threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns as the 12-6 Packers won their eighth straight. The Cowboys finished 13-4.

The Packers will visit Atlanta in Rodgers’ third NFC title game.

After finding Bryant again , Prescott powered through the middle for the 2-point conversion that tied the game at 28.

Then came an exchange of long field goals only 58 seconds apart after the two-minute warning before Rodgers and the Packers got one more shot, and set up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal.

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Williams’ 25 Leads Aggies To 67-59 Win At Florida

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Danni Williams scored 25, including five 3-pointers, as Texas A&M defeated Florida 67-59 in a women’s basketball game at Exactech Arena.

The Aggies (14-4, 4-1 SEC) got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 15-8 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter. The Gators (9-9, 0-5 SEC) went on a run and led most of the second quarter, leading to a 36-35 halftime advantage.

The Aggies regained their form in the third quarter, outscoring Florida 19-11 in the frame, and never letting the Gators closer than five points in the fourth quarter.

Williams led the Aggies’ 3-point barrage, as Texas A&M sunk nine from downtown, the most for Texas A&M in a single game since Jan. 27, 2013. Williams 25 marks her third straight game with at least 19 points.

Curtyce Knox had 16 points with the Aggies’ other four 3-point makes. Khaalia Hillsman came a rebound short of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, going a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday, January 19 at Missouri, with broadcast coverage on SEC Network starting at 8 p.m. Texas A&M returns home on January 22 to host LSU at 4 p.m. inside Reed Arena.


QUICKIE NOTES
• Texas A&M improves to 14-4 on the season and 4-1 in SEC play. Florida falls to 9-9 and 0-5 in SEC play.
• The Aggies made nine 3-pointers in this game, the most since the Aggies drained 12 against Missouri on Jan. 27, 2013.
• Khaalia Hillsman has scored in double figures in all 18 games this season
• Curtyce Knox scored 10+ points for the seventh time this season and fourth time in five SEC games
• Danni Williams scored 20+ points for the second straight game and the seventh time this season
o Her five 3-pointers were the most by a Texas A&M player since Jan. 27, 2013, when Adrienne Pratcher (6) and Peyton Little (5) both had 5+ threes.
o She scored 10+ points for the 17th time in 18 games this year, and the eighth straight game.
• Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 323-133 in his 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 731-296 in his Hall of Fame career. He is tied for seventh among active coaches and tied for 13th all-time in career wins.
• Blair has won 103 SEC games in his career, the most of any active SEC coach

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Texans See Season End Against Patriots

UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots are heading to the AFC championship game for the sixth straight year, while the Atlanta Falcons will make their first appearance in the NFC title game since 2012.

Dion Lewis used three different ways to score touchdowns as the Patriots ousted the Houston Texans, 34-16. Lewis grabbed a 13-yard touchdown pass, returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score later in the first quarter and ran for a one-yard TD.

Tom Brady finished 18 of 38 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Brady hit Julian Edelman eight times for 137 yards to help the Pats become the first team to reach six straight conference title games.

The Patriots defense picked off Brock Osweiler (AHS’-wy-lur) three times and held him to 198 passing yards.

New England will host the winner of Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and Steelers.

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Aggies sweeps titles at Texas A&M Team Invitational, breaks pair of meet records

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

FINAL TEAM SCORES

Men: 1. Texas A&M 141; 2. Texas 137; 3. Baylor 97; 4. Stephen F. Austin 67.5; 5. UTSA 65.5; 6. UT Arlington 46; 7. Texas State 36; 8. Abilene Christian 9.

Women: 1. Texas A&M 168.5; 2. Baylor 128; 3. Texas 113; 4. Texas State 64; 5. UTSA 39.5; 6. Stephen F. Austin 28; 7. Abilene Christian 27; 8. UT Arlington 26.

COLLEGE STATION – In sweeping the titles at the Texas A&M Team Invitational in front of 2,091 fans on Saturday, the Aggie men defeated Texas by four points, 141 to 137, while the Aggie women dominated with 168.5 points over Baylor (128) and Texas (113) at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium.

Heading into this weekend the preseason USTFCCCA national team computer rankings had Texas women ranked No. 5 with the men No. 7 while Baylor women were No. 13 and men No. 27. The Texas A&M men ranked No. 11 while the Aggie women were No. 35.

“For the first meet of this year I’m pleased with the efforts and the things we were able to accomplish,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “Plus it ended up being a great track meet on top of that.

“Team scores are really important to us and winning is important to us. But more important, sometimes, are the performances at this time of the year. I was pleased with our young people today, we had some young talent that really performed well.”

The men’s team score was tied at 131 each between Texas A&M and the Longhorns heading into the final event, the 4×400 relay. It had reached that deadlock after Aggie senior Jeff Bartlett heaved the winning shot put mark on his sixth and final attempt.

Bartlett’s effort of 57-5.5 (17.51), his career best indoors and equal to his outdoor best, bettered the previous leading mark of 57-2.75 by less than three inches as he moved from third to first place, which is a difference of four points.

In the deciding race for the team title the Aggies were in control of the 4×400 relay from the start as Robert Grant (47.40) and Mylik Kerley (45.78) established a split of 1:33.18 halfway through the race to lead Baylor (1:33.87) and Texas (1:35.50).

Richard Rose (46.08) maintained the edge for Texas A&M on the third leg while Fred Kerley (46.17) closed out the victory. Baylor finished second in 3:07.71 with Texas third at 3:11.93.

The Aggies bettered the meet record of 3:05.68 set in 2014 by the Texas A&M foursome of Shavez Hart, Aldrich Bailey, Deon Lendore and Carlyle Roudette. The current world-leading time of 3:05.41 is No. 7 on the Texas A&M all-time list and the No. 10 performance.

Kerley also won his second 200m race of the indoor season, posting a winning time of 20.87.

With 43 points from a combination of the 60 and 200 meters, the Aggie women scored 19 points in the shorter race with a 2-3-4 finish and then produced 24 in the 200 off a 1-2-3 sweep.

Teahna Daniels of Texas, the defending NCAA 60m champion and a winner here last season in a meet record of 7.26, won again with a time of 7.36. Then the trio of Amber Ivy (7.41), Aaliyah Brown (7.44) and Brenessa Thompson (7.48) claimed the next three places.

Danyel White led the Texas A&M sweep of the 200 with a 23.46 winning performance. She was followed by Diamond Spaulding (23.48), and Brown (23.58) while Ivy (23.65) placed a non-scoring fourth.

Jazmine Fray threatened another school record as she claimed the mile in a career best time of 4:44.87, taking down the meet record of 4:50.06 set by Natosha Rogers in 2012 and equaled by Baylor’s Maggie Montoya in 2016.

In her last race, in December, Fray broke the school record in the 1,000m. The school record she challenged in the mile is a 4:43.98 set by Hillary Montgomery in 2015.

After an early lead by Fray, Montoya took over the front position until Fray reclaimed the lead with a lap remaining. Fray withstood a late challenge from Mary Beth Hamilton of Texas, who finished second in 4:45.20, with Montoya clocking 4:45.88 in third place and Baylor’s Anna West in fourth at 4:49.98. All four bettered the previous meet record.

“I just wanted to try the mile out, just to see how well I could do,” noted Fray. “So, racing in the event for the first time and coming within a second of the school record was a really good day for me.

“Honestly, I don’t know any milers, so I didn’t know anyone in the field. I just wanted to do my normal race strategy. I went out in the lead and tried to pace it the best I could. Then Montoya was in front of me for the following three laps and I just wanted to stay with her. On the last lap I just did the best I could and started sprinting.”

Katie Willard finished fifth in 4:51.73, just 0.3 of a second off her career best set in December, while Katie Watson finished ninth with a career best of 4:54.54. Another pair of Aggies clipped five minutes for the first time as they went 1-2 in the first section of the mile. Haley Deakins won the race in 4:59.66 with Hannah Campbell runner-up in 4:59.88.

In the men’s mile it was freshman Jon Bishop securing the victory in 4:11.45, just off the meet record of 4:10.59 set by Oklahoma State’s Joshua Thompson a year ago. Bishop’s first mile as an Aggie had him using a strong kick in defeating Logan Emery of Texas (4:11.80) and UT Arlington’s Grant Copeland (4:12.55).

“I was really happy with the race since it was my first mile indoors,” said Bishop. “To come out with a PR and a win is really special to me. The atmosphere was different, with a lot of energy in the stadium, so that helped with my performance.

“I’ve been working hard with our training and it’s nice to see I can kick like that to win the race. Once you decide in your mind that you’re going to go for it, and you only have a lap to go, it feels good when you get the victory.”

Taylor Clayton won the first section of the men’s mile in 4:14.53 and that placed him fourth overall amid a field of 24 runners. Austin Wells finished eighth overall in 4:16.68.

Another Aggie frosh with a big performance was Jaevin Reed, who ran 53.80 to win the women’s 400m. That time is currently the world junior leader for the 2017 and No. 11 on the Texas A&M all-time list.

Baylor’s Leticia De Souza ran 52.68 in the same section as Reed, but was disqualified for breaking in to early on the first lap. Finishing behind Reed were another pair of Baylor Bears in Kiana Hawn (54.41) and Victoria Powell (55.11).

“I was really excited, because in high school my indoor best was 55 seconds,” noted Reed. “I was really shocked and excited, plus thankful that my hard work during the fall has paid off. I still have things to work on, particularly with my tactics in the race. I think I can improve a lot more from here.”

Austin Cook delivered another win in the weight throw after his Friday victory. A toss of 66-6 (20.27) topped the field while teammate Grady Young finished fifth with a mark of 57-1 (17.40) that moved him to No. 7 on the Texas A&M all-time list.

With a third-place finish Celine Markert became just the third Aggie female to surpass 50 feet in the shot put indoors as her attempt measured 50-7.5 (15.43), moving the sophomore to No. 3 on the Texas A&M all-time list. Markert’s best indoor effort a year ago was 44-11 and in December she improved to 47-2.5, and now has added another three-plus feet improvement.

The women’s weight throw had Alison Ondrusek (61-7.5) and Carissa van Beek (58-4.5) placing second and third for 14 Aggie points. Runner-up performances also included Garrett Cragin (6-9.75) in the high jump and Audie Wyatt (17-5.5) in the pole vault.

The women’s 4×400 unit finished second with a time of 3:34.90 behind Baylor’s 3:34.00. The Aggie foursome included Reed (54.30), Kadecia Baird (54.41), Fray (53.56) and Briyahna Desrosiers (52.64). The Bears anchored with De Souza, who split 51.83 for the win.

“Jazmine’s split on the relay after running the mile, what she did today, I’ve never seen happen before,” stated Henry. “I’ve never seen a miler run 4:44 to win the mile, then come back and be part of the mile relay and split 53. I’ve never seen that kind of athlete, she’s a special talent.”

Placing third in the meet were Kara Erickson (high jump 5-6.5) and Glorilisha Carter (long jump 18-2.25). Infinite Tucker (8.11) and Landon Malouf (8.14) finished third and fourth in the men’s 60m hurdles.

Brittany Parker (2:11.70) and Arin Rice (2:12.16) both moved into the Aggie top 10 for the 800m as they placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Parker is No. 8 and Rice is No. 10 on the all-time list.

Over 3,000m the distance crew produced impressive effort as Kelsie Warren (9:57.66) and Laura Craig (9:59.42) placed fourth and sixth. In the men’s race it was Jacob Perry (8:23.61) and Christian Farris (8:25.58) finishing fourth and fifth.

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Aggies Fall to Mississippi State in Starkville, 67-59

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Schnider Herard scored a career-high 16 points, Lamar Peters added 14 and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 67-59 on Saturday.

Mississippi State (12-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) won its third straight game heading into a showdown with No. 6 Kentucky on Tuesday. Herard, a freshman, made 5 of 7 shots from the field and 6 of 8 free throws.

Peters, also a freshman, made all 11 of his free-throw attempts.

The Bulldogs leading scorer this season – sophomore Quinndary Weatherspoon – had just 13 points, but all of them came in the second half.

Texas A&M (9-7, 1-4) lost despite a 38-23 rebounding advantage. The Aggies were hurt by 22 turnovers and were also just 1 of 14 (7.1 percent) from 3-point range. Tyler Davis led Texas A&M with 16 points.

Mississippi State missed its first nine shots from the field – falling into a 10-0 hole in the process – and didn’t score a point until Peters made three free throws more than seven minutes into the game.

The Bulldogs responded quickly, scoring the next 11 points to take the lead. Herard made an acrobatic tip-in at the buzzer to give Mississippi State a 25-24 halftime lead.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M fell to Mississippi State on Saturday inside Humphries Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. … The loss dropped A&M’s record on the season to 9-7 with a 1-4 mark in SEC play.
● The setback also snapped a four-game Aggie winning streak in the series vs. MSU, which A&M still leads by a count of 6-4.

TEAM NOTES
●A&M owned a 38-23 advantage in the rebounding column as well as a 40-22 margin for points in the paint and a 17-5 edge in second-chance points … However, the team was guilty of 22 turnovers.
● The Aggies started the game on a 10-0 run before the Bulldogs scored their first points on free throws with 12:25 remaining in the opening period … MSU did not make its first field goal attempt until the 12:05 mark of the first half.
● Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Chris Collins, DJ Hogg, Tonny Trocha-Morelos, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the first time this season (0-1).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
● Sophomore Tyler Davis scored 16 points to lead the Aggies, the 11th time he’s paced the team in scoring during his two-year career.
● Davis was joined in double-digit scoring by DJ Hogg (13 points) and Robert Williams (12 points).
● Williams also notched a pair of blocked shots to extend his blocked shot streak to 16 games as well as bringing his team-leading blocked shots total to 41 … It is the longest such streak by an Aggie since Bryan Davis had a 17-game block streak from Nov. 29, 2009 to Feb. 3, 2010.
● Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 108-77 in his sixth season at Texas A&M and 319-256 in 19 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT
● Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena to host old Southwest Conference rival Arkansas on Tuesday during the first of two scheduled meetings with the Razorbacks this season … The game is slated to tip off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by SEC Network.

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Aggie Men to Play Mississippi State Saturday at Noon

Aggie Basketball Game #16:
Texas A&M (9-6; 1-3 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (11-4; 2-1 SEC)
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 · 12 p.m. (CT)
Humphrey Coliseum (10,575) · Starkville, Miss.

TV: CBS (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Andrew Catalon, Play-by-Play
Clark Kellogg, Commentary

RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
   Dave South, Play-by-Play
   Mike Caruso, Commentary

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COLLEGE STATION – After breaking into the SEC win column during in its last outing, the Aggie men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways on the road Saturday as Texas A&M faces Mississippi State at noon inside Humphrey Coliseum.

The contest will be nationally televised on CBS with Andrew Catalon calling the play-by-play and Clark Kellogg providing color commentary. Additionally, radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

Texas A&M (9-6; 1-3 SEC) is coming off its biggest margin of victory this season, a 92-62 win over LSU on Wednesday night inside Reed Arena. The Aggies used a balanced scoring attack as they overwhelmed the Tigers by placing five players in double-figure scoring while having three more players contribute at least eight points.

The Aggies shot 56.7 percent from the field against LSU to mark their ninth game of the season in which they’ve posted a field goal percentage greater than that 50 percent. Overall, A&M ranks second in the SEC with a season shooting percentage of 47.8 percent while holding opponents to just 39.4 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks third in the conference.

Mississippi State, meanwhile, comes into the weekend showdown with an 11-4 mark on the year and a 2-1 ledger in SEC games after carding road wins at Arkansas and LSU following a home loss to Alabama to open league play.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Forward Robert Williams

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Texas A&M Center Tonny Trocha-Morelos

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SETTING THE SCENE
• Texas A&M guns for its first road victory on the season Saturday in Starkville as they face Mississippi State after sweeping a pair of regular season meetings from the Bulldogs last season.
• The Aggies are on a four-game winning streak in the series with Mississippi State … However, the series has been highly competitive with A&M’s last three victories coming by an average of just two points.

 

TRENDS & SUPERLATIVES

• In just his third career start on Wednesday vs. LSU, sophomore guard Chris Collins set career highs in points (12), assists (8), rebounds (4) and 3-point field goals (2) … Collins’ eight assists were the second most by an Aggie this season, trailing only DJ Hogg‘s nine against A&M-Corpus Christi (12/5/16).
• Junior Tonny Trocha-Morelos pitched in 14 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist in 25 minutes of court time vs. LSU … The trio of blocks set a career-high for the Cartagena, Columbia,  native.
• Freshman Robert Williams has collected a swat in all 15 games this season to post the longest streak by an Aggie since Bryan Davis had a 17-game block streak from Nov. 29, 2009 to Feb. 3, 2010.

AGGIES AMONG THE SEC & NATIONAL LEADERS (Through 1/11 games)

• The Aggies rank 10th nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 6.1 per contest.
• On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking second in the SEC by shooting 47.8 percent from the field as a team as well as second in the SEC in assists with an average of 17.5 per contest … The Aggies are second in the league with a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Defensively, A&M ranks in a tie for second in field goal percentage defense by allowing opponents to shoot just 39.4 from the field.
• In the SEC rebounding column, A&M checks in at second in rebounding margin at +6.1 while leading the entire league in offensive rebound percentage at 39.4 percent … The Aggies are 22nd nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.67).
• Nationally, the Aggies rank 23rd in fewest fouls this season (248).
• Rookie Robert Williams continues to stand out as one of the SEC’s brightest freshman, ranking second in the league (17th nationally) with 39 blocked shots for an average of 2.6 per game.
• Sophomore Tyler Davis leads the SEC and ranks 18th nationally, in field goal percentage, shooting 61.1 percent from the field … He also ranks sixth in the SEC in total rebounding at 7.0 per contest while checking at second on the offensive glass at 3.3 offensive rebounds per outing.
• Second-year guard Admon Gilder appears throughout the lists of SEC statistical leaders, ranking sixth in steals per game (1.9), minutes played (31.5) and assists per game (4.2).
• Sophomore DJ Hogg continues to rank among the SEC’s top sharpshooters, checking in at fourth in the league shooting 41.6 percent from long range while making 2.5 3-point baskets per contest, third in the SEC.

NOTING MISSISSIPPI STATE

• The Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back road wins at Arkansas and LSU and hold a 2-1 record in conference play with a 11-4 record overall … In their first conference home game, they fell to Alabama 58-68.
• Preseason All-SEC first team selection Quinndary Weatherspoon leads the Mississippi State offense by averaging 18.2 point per contest … The sophomore guard hit 6-of-7 shots from long range in the Bulldogs’ last outing against Arkansas … On the season, Weatherspoon is shooting 46.0 percent from 3-point range.
• Senior I.J. Ready, one of the just two upperclassman on the roster, is second in the SEC in assists per game at 5.1 … The Rixey, Ark., native leads the Bulldogs in minutes, assists and steals.
• Also among the Mississippi State standouts, sophomore Arik Holman is coming off a double-double and has registered over 30 blocks and 100 rebounds … Mississippi State is second in the SEC in 3-pt field goal percentage with the help of newcomer Lamar Peters who has hit 30 3-pointers on the season.
• Veteran head coach Ben Howland is in his second season at the helm in Starkville … Howland’s Bulldogs went 14-17 with a 7-11 conference record in the previous season.
• The Bulldogs were picked to finish in 10th in a preseason poll of media that cover the SEC.

SERIES HISTORY VS MISSISSIPPI STATE (A&M LEADS 6-3)

• Saturday will be the 10th all-time meeting between the Aggies & Bulldogs on the hardwood and the seventh as SEC competitors … It will also mark A&M’s fourth visit to Starkville.
• Last season, Texas A&M earned a pair of hard-fought wins over the Bulldogs to extend its winning streak in the series to four games.
• The series have been extremely competitive recently with the average margin of victory in the last three meetings between the schools only two points.
• Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy is 5-7 against the Bulldogs, while MSU’s Ben Howland is 2-2 against A&M with both wins coming while Howland was the head coach at UCLA (2004-13).

UP NEXT AFTER THE MSU GAME

Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena to host old Southwest Conference rival Arkansas on Tuesday during the first of two scheduled meetings with the Razorbacks this season  … The game is slated to tip off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by SEC Network.

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The “Voice of Kyle Field” Stepping Down

(Source: LinkedIn)

(Source: LinkedIn)

Kyle Field public address announcer Chace Murphy has resigned after 16 seasons at the mic.

Murphy has served as PA announcer for Texas A&M home football and men’s basketball games since 2001.

He made the announcement via Facebook Friday afternoon:

“After much prayerful consideration, I have resigned as public address announcer for Texas A&M Athletics. It is what is best for both myself and Texas A&M Football and Men’s Basketball.

I want to thank Texas A&M for giving me so many opportunities. At this time, both my health and my relationship with my family are suffering. Ergo, this is the best course of action for me.

To all the fans and followers of Texas A&M Athletics: please know that I will always bleed maroon. I thank you for your support and will watch with much anticipation as the Aggies reach for greater heights.”

Thanks and Gig’em,
Chace Murphy

 

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Hocke Joins Texas A&M Football Staff as Strength and Conditioning Coach

(Source: University of Georgia Athletics)

(Source: University of Georgia Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION—Mark Hocke (pronounced HOCK-eee, like the sport) has been named the football strength and conditioning coach at Texas A&M University, Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin announced today.

“I am pleased to have Mark join our staff,” Sumlin said. “He has great experience in the SEC that will serve our team well.”
Hocke comes to Aggieland from Florida State University where he was a co-associate football strength and conditioning coach for head football coach Jimbo Fisher in 2016.

Hocke served as the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Georgia on Mark Richt’s staff in 2015.

Prior to becoming the director at Georgia, Hocke spent six seasons with the University of Alabama strength staff helping the program to three SEC titles and three National Championships and working with 10 NFL first-round draft choices.

“I am excited about the opportunity at Texas A&M,” Hocke said. “From my time at Florida State, Georgia and Alabama, I know it takes high energy and total commitment to being your best in the weight room, the field, in the classroom and in life. There are no short cuts and I look forward to getting started in Aggieland helping develop our student-athletes mentally, physically, spiritually and socially.”

Hocke got his start at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La. where he worked five years as a varsity football coach as well as strength coach.
His certifications include CSCCC Certified, FMS Screen Certified as well as USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certified.
Hocke earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggie Women’s Basketball Defeats Arkansas

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M routed Arkansas 90-65 in a women’s basketball game on Thursday night at Reed Arena, picking up the Aggies’ largest SEC win since 2015. The Aggies shot a blistering 66.0% from the field in the game, just 0.7% off of the school record.

The Aggies (13-4, 3-1 SEC) led 40-28 at the half, but really opened the floodgates in the third quarter, making 10-of-11 shots for a school-record 90.9% field goal percentage in the quarter, outscoring the Razorbacks (11-6, 0-4 SEC) 28-13.

Curtyce Knox matched her career-high with 15 assists, despite sitting for the last eight minutes of the game. Knox helped the Aggies notch a season-high 26 assists on 35 made field goals.

Khaalia Hillsman led the Aggies in scoring with a career-high-tying 25 off of 11-of-13 shooting. Danni Williams chipped in 20 and Jasmine Lumpkin added 11.

The Aggies outscored the Razorbacks 46-14 in the painted area.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday, January 15 at Florida for a game televised on SEC Network at 12 p.m. CT. The next home game for Texas A&M is January 22 as the Aggies host LSU at 4 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M shot 66.0%, just off the school record of 66.7%, set on Feb. 20, 1985 vs. Texas.
  • The Aggies are now 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC play. The Razorbacks fall to 11-6 and 0-4 in SEC play.
  • The 25-point margin of victory represents the Aggies’ largest SEC win since Feb. 1, 2015 against Auburn (W, 78-45)
  • Texas A&M is 11-0 this season when scoring 70+ points. The Aggies are 204-13 under Gary Blair when scoring 70+.
  • The Aggies scored 90+ points for the fourth time this season
  • The Aggies shot 90.9% (10 of 11) in the 3rd quarter, which is the school record for FG percentage in a quarter.
  • Texas A&M is now 8-1 at home this season and 50-8 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Aggies are 142-5 against unranked teams at home since Feb. 2005.
  • Khaalia Hillsman tied a career-high with 25 points for her sixth 20+ point game of the season
    • She has scored in double figures in all 17 games this season
    • She had a career-high 3 assists
  • Curtyce Knox tied a career-high with 15 assists. She has nine 10+ assist games this season.
  • Danni Williams scored 20+ points for the sixth time this season
    • She scored in double figures for the seventh straight game and 16th time in 17 games this season
  • Jasmine Lumpkin scored in double figures for the sixth time this season
  • Texas A&M set a season-high with 25 assists
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is now 322-133 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 730-296 in his Hall of Fame career. He is now tied for seventh among active coaches and tied for 13th all-time in career wins.
  • Blair has won 102 SEC games between his stints at Arkansas and Texas A&M, which is the most of any active SEC coach.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

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Texas A&M Guard Danni Williams & Center Khaalia Hillsman

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Arkansas Head Coach Jimmy Dykes

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Wiggins, Wolves snap Houston streak at 9

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 Wednesday night to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 119-105.

James Harden scored 33 points and had 12 assists for Houston, which saw its nine-game winning streak end.

Ricky Rubio tied his own franchise record with 17 assists to go with 10 points.

Wiggins carried Minnesota early, scoring 15 first-quarter points as the Wolves opened up an 11-point lead. Muhammad provided six quick points early in the second quarter and energized the crowd with a transition dunk.

Ryan Anderson’s 3-pointer gave Houston a 69-68 lead midway through the third quarter, but Minnesota followed with a 17-4 run capped by a thunderous dunk by Towns. The Wolves ended the third quarter leading 89-77.

They started the final quarter scoring the first eight points to put the game out of reach.

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Aggie Women to Host Arkansas on Zone 1150/102.7

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Game 17 • SEC Game 4 • Thursday, January 12, 2017 • 7 p.m.
Arkansas Razorbacks (11-5, 0-3 SEC) at
Texas A&M Aggies (12-4, 2-1 SEC)
College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)
Broadcast: SEC Network Plus (Mike Wright, Tap Bentz)
Radio: The Zone 1150 AM/102.7 FM (Tom Turbiville, Bret Dark)

 

Coming off of a 77-68 win at No. 24 Kentucky, Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena to host Arkansas in an SEC women’s basketball game on Thursday, January 12. The first 1,400 fans in attendance receive Danielle Adams bobbleheads.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network Plus, with Mike Wright and Tap Bentz on the call. Authenticated users can view the game on their smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and computers. Tom Turbiville and Bret Dark bring listeners the radio call on The Zone 1150 AM/102.7 FM and worldwide at 12thMan.com.

Aggie Head Coach Gary Blair

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Aggie Center Khaalia Hillsman

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Aggie Guard Curtyce Knox

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The Aggies are 2-1 in SEC play after winning at Kentucky on Sunday, as Curtyce Knox led the Aggies with a career-high 26 points. Knox, who leads the NCAA in assists, has tied or set her career high in all three SEC games. She ranks third in the league with 19.7 points per game in SEC play.

Jessica Jackson leads the Razorbacks with 16.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Despite an 9-0 start to the season, including wins against Memphis, Texas Tech and Butler, Arkansas has gone 2-5 since, and has weathered a 0-3 start to SEC play.

The first 1,400 fans receive bobbleheads featuring 2011 Final Four MOP Danielle Adams, who led the Aggies to the 2011 National Championship.

After this game, the Aggies head to Florida on Sunday, January 15 at 12 p.m. on SEC Network. The Aggies next home game is Jan. 22 against LSU at 4 p.m.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Men’s Hoops Blows Past LSU, 92-62

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)– Admon Gilder and Tonny Trocha-Morelos each scored 14 points and Texas A&M won its first Southeastern Conference contest as the Aggies defeated LSU 92-62 on Wednesday night.

A&M (9-6, 1-3) jumped on LSU (9-6, 1-3) from the start, leading 13-3 after a little more than five minutes. Robert Williams and Chris Collins each added 12 points for A&M, and LSU’s Antonio Blakeney scored a game-high 17 points, the only Tiger to reach double digits.

A&M held a lopsided 11-0 edge in blocks, with Williams leading the way with four and Trocha-Morelos and D.J. Hogg chipping in three each. The Aggies also held a 46-36 advantage on points in the paint.

The Aggies knew it would be their night when Trocha-Morelos smoothly tossed a behind-the-back pass to Tavario Miller for a wide-open dunk, giving the Aggies a 21-5 lead with 11:31 left in the first half.

A&M has won its last two games against the Tigers by a combined 63 points, following a 71-38 Aggies victory in the SEC tournament last March in Nashville, Tenn.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M F DJ Hogg & G Chris Collins

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LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones

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Gibson, Silfverberg power surging Ducks past Stars, 2-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ John Gibson made 34 saves in his third shutout of the season, and Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist in the Anaheim Ducks’ 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Silfverberg scored a power-play goal in the second period, and the surging Swedish forward set up Andrew Cogliano’s top-shelf shot with 5:18 to play. Their line with center Ryan Kesler combined for 17 shots and largely dominated play for the Ducks, who stayed even with San Jose atop the Pacific Division with their fifth win in seven games.

Antti Niemi stopped 36 shots for the Stars, who wrapped up their three-game road trip with their fourth loss in five games overall.

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Harden Leads Rockets to 9th Straight Win; Spurs Fall to Bucks

Harden’s triple-double leads Rockets to 9th straight win

HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his second straight triple-double and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 121-114 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight win.

The Rockets missed 10 straight shots and let an 18-point lead evaporate before coach Mike D’Antoni called a timeout with 2:26 left. Ryan Anderson made Houston’s first shot in more than four minutes with a 3-pointer out of the timeout, and after a block on the other end, Harden’s layup put Houston up 115-111 with just over a minute to play.

Kemba Walker cut the deficit to one with a 3-pointer, but another layup by Harden made it 117-114 with 28.6 seconds left. Charlotte missed three 3-point tries in the final seconds.

Walker had 25 points for the Hornets, who dropped their third straight.

Beasley’s 28 points help Bucks overcome Spurs, 109-017

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Michael Beasley scored a season-high 28 points in place of an ill Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-107 on Tuesday night.

Kawhi Leonard had 30 points for San Antonio, which had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.

Jabari Parker’s layup with 2:56 remaining gave Milwaukee a 103-101 lead, its first since the 3:24 mark of the first quarter. After a pair of free throws by Beasley, the Spurs reclaimed a 107-105 lead on consecutive 3-pointers by Davis Bertans and Danny Green.

Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon hit a 3 to give Milwaukee a 108-107 edge. Following misses by Pau Gasol and Beasley, Bertans’ 3-pointer went in and out with 10.9 seconds left.

Brogdon sank one of two free throws with 6.7 seconds to go, making it 109-107. Manu Ginobili’s 3-pointer hit the side of the backboard at the buzzer as the Bucks celebrated.

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Aggie Men Return to Reed Arena to Host LSU on WTAW

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Aggie Basketball Game #15:
Texas A&M (8-6; 0-3 SEC) vs. LSU (9-5; 1-2 SEC)
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 · 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989) · College Station, Texas

TV: SEC Network (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Tom Hart, Play-by-Play
Daymeon Fishback, Commentary

RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
   Dave South, Play-by-Play
   Al Pulliam, Commentary

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COLLEGE STATION – Returning to their home court after a pair of tough road contests, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team hosts cross border rival LSU on Thursday inside Reed Arena at 7:30 p.m.
The matchup will be nationally televised on SEC Network with Tom Hart calling the play-by-play action and Daymeon Fishback providing color commentary. Radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

For Texas A&M (8-6; 0-3 SEC) the return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena is a welcome one as the Aggies have stood out as one of the SEC’s best teams on their home court. In the last three seasons, A&M is 54-10 (.831) on its home floor and has won 38 of its last 51 home contests against league foes.

LSU (9-5), meanwhile, enters Wednesday’s affair seeking to even its SEC record at 2-2 after dropping home contests to Vanderbilt and Mississippi State and carding a road win at Missouri. The Tigers have won just once in five visits to Reed Arena.

The contest is billed as Maroon Mardi Gras at Reed Arena with a varied of promotions and giveaways planned for those in attendance.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Center Tyler Davis

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Texas A&M Forward DJ Hogg

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SETTING THE SCENE

• Texas A&M will attempt to shake off its recent struggles when it returns home to host LSU Wednesday inside Reed Arena.
• The A&M-LSU series has been dominated by the home team, with the Aggies owning a 9-2 record during games in College Station while the Tigers have won 13 of 15 games in Baton Rouge … The Aggie victory at the Maravich Center on Jan. 17, 2015 was the first by the Aggies in Baton Rouge since Dec. 14, 1941, snapping a nine-game Tiger home winning streak in the series.

AGGIES AMONG THE SEC & NATIONAL LEADERS (Through 1/8 games)

• The Aggies rank 16th nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.8 per contest.
• On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking second in the SEC by shooting 47.2 percent from the field as a team as well as second in SEC in assists with an average of 17.1 per contest … The Aggies are third in the league with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• In the SEC rebounding column, A&M checks in at third in rebounding margin at +5.4 while leading the entire league in offensive rebound percentage at 39.8 percent … The Aggies are 14th nationally in offensive rebounds per game.
• Nationally, the Aggies rank 12th in fewest fouls this season (231).
• Rookie Robert Williams continues to stand out as one of the SEC’s brightest freshman, ranking second in the league with 35 blocked shots for an average of 2.5 per game.
• Sophomore Tyler Davis leads the SEC in field goal percentage, shooting 60.0 percent from the field … He also ranks seventh in the SEC in total rebounding at 7.1 per contest while pacing the league on the offensive glass at 3.5 offensive rebounds per outing.
• Second-year guard Admon Gilder appears throughout the lists of SEC statistical leaders, ranking fourth in steals per game (1.9), fourth in minutes played (32.0) and fifth in assists per game (4.3).
• Sophomore DJ Hogg continues to rank among the SEC’s top sharpshooters, checking in at third in the league by shooting 43.0 percent from long range while making 2.6 3-point baskets per contest, third in the SEC.

TRENDS & SUPERLATIVES

• Freshman Robert Williams has collected a swat in all 14 games this season to post the longest streak by an Aggie since Bryan Davis had a 17-game block streak from Nov. 29, 2009 to Feb. 3, 2010.
• Additionally, Williams made his first career start in Saturday’s loss at South Carolina … The Vivan, La., native notched his third double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds … His 14 boards were not only a personal best but the most by an Aggie in a game this season.
• Sophomore sharpshooter DJ Hogg was hot from the field against the Gamecocks making 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range … His seven 3-point field goals were just one shy of the school record of eight which has happened on five occasions.

NOTING LSU

• The Tigers bring a 9-5 overall record with a 1-2 mark in SEC play into Wednesday’s contest … The team has dropped home contests in league play to Vanderbilt and Mississippi State with their lone conference win coming during a 88-77 victory at Missouri last Wednesday.
• Sophomore Antonio Blakeney was a Second Team Preseason All-SEC honoree this fall after garnering a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team a year ago … A 6-foot-4 guard from Sarasota, Fla., Blakeney leads the Tigers in scoring at 17.5 points per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point range.
• Also highlighting the LSU roster is talented transfer Duop Reath, who came to Baton Rouge after spending the previous two seasons at Lee College in Baytown, Texas … The 6-foot-10, 235 pound forward averages 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
• The team dismissed forward Craig Victor II in late December after playing in eight games with five starts.
• LSU alum Johnny Jones is in his fifth season leading the Tigers, compiling a 139-133 record in Baton Rouge with an appearance in the 2015 NCAA Tournament as well as a showing in the 2014 NIT.
• The Tigers were slotted 12th in a preseason poll of media that cover the SEC.

SERIES HISTORY VS LSU (LSU LEADS 18-16)

• Wednesday’s contest will be the 35th meeting between the Aggies and the Tigers on the hardwood and the 10th as members of the SEC.
• Last season, the two schools squared off three times with each squad winning on its home court during the regular season before the Aggies ended the Tigers’ run at the SEC Tournament with a 71-38 victory in the semifinal round.
• The series dates back to the 1916-17 season during the early days of each school’s men’s basketball program … LSU earned a 24-15 victory.
• Before the Aggies joined the SEC for the 2012-13 campaign, the last meeting between the schools came on Dec. 20, 2008, when the Aggies defeated LSU 72-61 at Houston’s Toyota Center.
• A&M head coach & Louisiana native Billy Kennedy is 4-6 against LSU, having faced the Tigers once while at Centenary and once as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana before coming to Texas A&M.
• The series has been dominated by the home team with the Aggies holding a 9-2 record in College Station and the Tigers owning a 13-2 mark in Baton Rouge.
UP NEXT AFTER THE LSU GAME

Texas A&M is back on the road for the third time in its first five conference affairs, traveling to Starkville, Miss., on Saturday to take on Mississippi State at Noon inside Humphrey Coliseum … The game is slated to be televised by CBS.

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