COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M struggled to the bitter end to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi system school on Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena. However, the Aggies won 63-60 against the islanders.
Here are three lessons learned from the Aggies’ narrow three-point win over the islanders:
Back on track
For the first time in almost a month, the Aggies left the field victorious.
With a win over the system school, A & M-Corpus Christi, A & M scored a loss in four games and took their first win since beating Troy (56-52) on November 20th.
After the islanders took the lead 4:16, the Aggies closed the offensive and were able to close the free-throw line in the final minutes to claim a victory.
A & M’s win on Sunday was by no means a nice one, but getting back to the profit column certainly helped a struggling Aggies team.
Great men pave the way for aggies
When A&M needed help getting on after most of the game, the Aggies found answers from strikers Emmanuel Miller and Josh Nebo.
The two tall men combined scored 33 points and 19 rebounds with an efficient 11 of 14 shoots.
Miller started for the second game in a row after posting 14 rebounds against Texas last Sunday. This Sunday Miller did most of his work on the offensive, scoring the team’s top 20 points, which was a career high for the newcomer too. Miller really came alive in the second half, losing 14 points in A&M comeback win.
Nebo continued to be a stone to the Aggies, scoring his second double-double of the season after scoring 13 points and adding 13 rebounds.
A&M needed a win, and the combination of Miller and Nebo, who controlled the color, contributed to a win for the Aggies.
Quiet day from guard Wendell Mitchell
One of A & M’s mainstays this season has been Senior Guard Wendell Mitchell, but for the first time this year, Mitchell came off the bench.
His time on the pitch was also limited as Mitchell only played seven minutes and saw no action in the second half. It was the fewest minutes Mitchell has played this season as he is second on the team in this category.
Mitchell faced two quick fouls in the first half and was kept goalless for the first time this season as he missed both of his attempts to shoot for the game.
It was certainly a quiet day for Mitchell, but luckily for the Aggies, they were able to go about business without their veteran watch being around.
The Aggies have six days to prepare for their next game against the state of Oregon. A&M defeated the Beavers, 67-64, last year in Portland, Oregon.
For the season, Oregon State is 8-1 overall. The Beavers begin leg one of their two-stage Wednesday in Texas when they face UTSA at the Toyota Center in Houston.