Jan 18, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Craig Sword (32) and Texas A

Aggie Basketball Struggles

Jan 18, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Craig Sword (32) and Texas A&M Aggies guard Alex Caruso (21) go after the loose ball during the game at Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeat the Texas A&M Aggies 81-72 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

52-42 A&M, 10 minutes left in the game, what was I thinking? “Yeah Ag’s are gonna pull it out, better flip to the Shrine Game and watch senior running-back Ben Malena perform.” Well, if you were thinking the same as me, then I feel your pain. The Aggie’s came out strong in the first half, leading by 8 at one point. Although similar to what would happen in the second half, the Aggie’s choked; offense got sloppy, and the defense let everything through and this eventually lead to a 27-26 Miss. St. lead at half.

After Miss. St. tied the game at 67 with 30 seconds to go, the Aggie’s still had a chance to pull out a “should-have-been” win. Flashing back to the game against Tennessee, Aggie’s all around were hoping for a buzzer beater, but just like the Ag’s collapsed in the second half, they would fail in the last 30 seconds. Davonte Fitzgerald, who added in 20 points, missed a 3 pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Aggie’s defense wouldn’t be able to stop Miss. St. at a time when defense was most needed. Allowing 14 points to the Bulldogs, the Aggie’s would fall in overtime, losing 81-72.

The loss will put the Aggie’s at 3-1 in SEC play, while sitting at a 12-5 overall record. This loss came as a surprising one, but should raise some questions about how the Aggie’s handle themselves in late game situations and how the team will need to step up on the defensive side of the ball.

Jamal Jones lead the Aggie’s with 24 points, however he was ejected late in overtime after two quick technical fouls. Other interesting bits from the game would include the “shredding” of the “freshman-skin” from Fitzgerald. As well, Alex Caruso hit the 200 career assist mark in today’s game after dishing out 4 dimes. Next up for the Aggie’s will be a road battle in Lexington, Kentucky on Tuesday, as they take on 13th ranked Kentucky.

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