Texas A&M uses the big second half to get past Abilene Christian

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BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team capitalized on a strong second half Friday at Reed Arena to defeat the ACU Wildcats 77-58. With the win, the Aggies went up 2-0 while ACU fell to 1-1.

With a five-point lead at the break, the Aggies beat the Wildcats 43-29 in the second half to end the game. The Aggies heated up as second guard Wade Taylor IV hit his first five shots and was perfect off the line to provide the spark. He finished with 21 points, 19 of them after the break. Dexter Dennis, who got the shot, also shone in the second half when he hit 4-of-5 shots with two 3-pointers.

Three other Aggies joined Taylor in double figures, with Dennis, graduate Tyrece Radford and junior Henry Coleman III all earning 13 points. Coleman hit his first double-double of the season and sixth of his career with 11 rebounds. The big man also went ahead with a team high of four steals.

The Aggies hit 52% of their field goal attempts (23-44) and scored 25 points from the free throw line while hitting 71% from the charity line. Texas A&M scored 34 points from 21 ACU sales and limited the Wildcats to 38% shooting from the field.

The Aggies return to action next week at the Myrtle Beach Invitational on the Coastal Carolina University campus in Conway, SC. Texas A&M meets Murray State in the opening round on Thursday, November 17 at 3 p.m. The duel will be televised by ESPN2.

Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Texas A&M 77, ACU 58
Reed Arena (Bryan College Station, Texas)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M defeated the ACU Wildcats 77-58 on Friday night for their 20th place finish
    consecutive non-conference game at Reed Arena.
  • The Maroon & White have won their seventh straight game at Reed Arena.
    dates back to a 56-55 win over Florida on February 15, 2022.
  • The Aggies are 7-0 against the Wildcats.

TEAM NOTES

  • Head Coach Buzz Williams improved his winning record outside of the conference
    Reed Arena on 26-2.
  • The Aggies shot 53% (23 to 44) from the field, their second in a row
    Play with a shooting percentage of 50 or higher.
  • The Maroon & White passed the Wildcats 35-24.
  • Texas A&M scored 34 points off turnovers, 30 points in paint and
    added 15 points from the quick break.
  • Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Dexter Dennis,
    Wade Taylor IV, Solomon Washington, Henry Coleman III and Tyrece
    Radford for the second time this season (2-0).

CUSTOM NOTES

  • Junior Henry Coleman III recorded his sixth career double-double
    Finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He almost made it the first time
    half with nine points and nine rebounds. The native of Richmond, Virginia
    hit double-digit rebounds for the seventh time in his career.
  • Sophomore guard Wade Taylor IV led the Aggies in points (21) for the
    second straight game this season with a double-digit finish for
    the 16th time in his career. The Dallas, Texas native also excelled
    100 career free throw attempts, now up to 107. Taylor was perfect
    8-8 at the charity strip.
  • Graduate transfer Dexter Dennis recorded his 400th career defensive line
    Rebound. Dennis also recorded 13 points.
  • Tyrece Radford was the fourth Aggie to finish double digits at 13
    Points. The senior guard also caught eight rebounds.

Buzz Williams

On the test of ACU…

“It was a really good game. I have great respect for Coach Tanner and the way he works. Your defense is based on the same premise as ours. They’re the 15th winning program since 2018 and probably not the team you want to play in a guaranteed game. It was a good test, after what we learned from them last year I felt it was the right decision to play them again.”

On the way of the program…

“I’m excited about the cohesiveness of the program and the transparency and translation between the players and the coaches. There is a synergy that happens very quickly after completing a week in the season. Our boys were so receptive to what we coaches teach them. They do a near perfect job of coaching each other, making coaches more accountable. There is joy in the group. They appreciate the opportunity to work together. There’s not much to quantify that; there are no statistics for this. But the joy that comes from it will be something special.”

Sophomore guard Wade Taylor

Big threes early in the second half…

“It gave us a lot of good energy. We have this thing called an eight minute break where the last four minutes of the first half and the last four minutes and we lost the last four so we had to come out with a better job in the second half. Javonte Brown and I had a chat with him at halftime and were like, “You gotta get us a spark,” so that [early three-pointers] It sparked and I looked at him and said, ‘I appreciate that.’ Go out and settle for nothing. Just walk in front.”

Junior forward Henry Coleman

For more dots in the color…

“I trust the coach and the staff in what they are doing. You study film at a high level. We probably have the best employees in the country. Day after day they’re here between six and ten some days for long days so they put together a great game plan because they knew we had to score inside first. The coaches have an incredible work ethic as they were able to set plans for our success so they deserve credit.”

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