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Texas A&M Basketball

Shooting slump & season-high in turnovers sink A&M at No. 16 Auburn

January 9, 2024
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The effort and tenacity that defines Texas A&M basketball identity was regained, but it wasn’t enough to overcome continued poor shooting and miscues in a 66-55 Southeastern Conference loss at No. 16 Auburn on Tuesday night.

The Aggies (9-6, 0-2) had rallied from a 9-point deficit to take a lead midway through the second half.

But they did not manage a field goal over the last 9:15 to suffer their second consecutive conference loss.

A&M held a 48-46 lead after Henry Coleman III dunked an offensive rebound with 9:15 remaining. However, the Aggies notched only nine free throws the rest of the way.

The Aggies, who struggled with shooting accuracy in an SEC-opening to LSU last Saturday, again had trouble with their aim, especially from the 3-point line.

They shot just 29 percent from the field (18 of 62). They hit only 15.8 percent (3 of 19) from 3-point range.

Coleman scored 17 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Aggies. Tyrece Radford, who had 31 points in a win at Auburn last year, had 14.

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Taylor’s eight points were a season-low for the SEC’s Preseason Player of the Year.

But Wade Taylor IV managed just eight points on 2-of-16 shooting. He missed all eight attempts from behind the arc.

However, the shooting issues weren’t the most alarming aspect of the loss. The Aggies committed a season-high 19 turnovers, which Auburn (13-2, 2-0) parlayed into 17 points.

Auburn seemed to dominate play in the first half, but couldn’t pull away from the stubborn Aggies. The Tigers only held a 30-22 halftime lead.

Auburn’s margin reached nine points, 33-24, after forward Johni Broome hit a free throw with 18:28 to play.

But Coleman converted a trio of conventional three-point plays in a one-minute span to bring the Aggies within 42-41 with 13:09 left.

Then Radford drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing for a 44-42 Aggies lead with 12:29 to play.

A&M maintained the lead for three minutes.

But after Coleman’s dunk for a 48-46 lead at the 9:15 mark, the A&M offense went into a deep freeze.

From there, the Aggies missed its last 10 shots from the field.

Their free-throw shooting — A&M converted 16-of-19 at the foul line — and dogged defense enabled them to remain in contention.

However, forward Jaylin Williams, who led Auburn with 22 points, hit a clutch 3-pointer with 52 seconds left for a 62-55 lead. That started a 7-0 Auburn run to close the scoring.

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Shooting slump & season-high in turnovers sink A&M at No. 16 Auburn

4,333 Views | 6 Replies | Last: 4 mo ago by laruejd
CrottyKid
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Poor shooting is poor recruiting.
EW2
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This season was tanked once Julius Marble was out. We have no big man. Wade can only do so much on offense. Defensively, we're stout but just not enough options on offense, especially inside.
William K. Klingaman
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Wade's not only not "doing so much", he has been a liability on the court recently.
BigJim49 AustinNowDallas
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William K. Klingaman said:

Wade's not only not "doing so much", he has been a liability on the court recently.
Something is wrong with him- big slump!
EW2
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What other offensive weapon do we have? Radford needs to drive the ball more, Coleman is solid when he decides to be aggressive as well but often disappears, and nobody else can create a shot for himself.
laruejd
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EW2 said:

This season was tanked once Julius Marble was out. We have no big man. Wade can only do so much on offense. Defensively, we're stout but just not enough options on offense, especially inside.
I know we don't have Marble and I am pretty sure it is not an injury or an illness. Must be something academic. I am sure the NIL dollars are still rolling in though. My reasons for the loss:
20 turnovers by my count.
Not blocking out on defense, too many second chances.
Poor shooting, this just happens on the road, it can be overcome with good defense.

That did not look like a Buzz defense against LSU or Auburn.
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