Jordan Green (7.1 PPG, 24 MPG) doesn’t normally light up a box score. Saturday’s 71-60 victory over Ole Miss was different, though. He put up a career-high 16 points, shooting 6 of 12 from the field in 36 minutes of play. Green has now scored in double figures in back-to-back contests, the first time he’s done so in conference play this season.
His tenacious defense contributed to Texas A&M’s win even more. Green guarded the SEC’s fourth best scorer, Marshall Henderson (19.2 PPG), for most of the evening. The Rebels’ controversial sharpshooter started hot with nine points on three threes in the game’s first five minutes. He didn’t score again until the 10:10 mark of the second half, mainly due to Green.
The Flower Mound product fought off screens all night to keep up with Henderson. It’s too bad there’s not a statistic called “Plays Where You Prevent Your Man From Scoring.” Green would have tallied a bunch of them. There were several times where Henderson threw up prayers out of pure frustration, missing most. He finished with 16 points, shooting 5 of 18 from the field.
Most Aggies who watched this game will only remember Jamal Jones showing up his old team or Alex Caruso‘s insane dunk. I’ll remember those great performances, too, but Green’s play sticks out the most. He’s experienced plenty of ups and downs during his tenure in Aggieland, so it’s nice to see the him excel as he nears his senior season.
His veteran presence must also be relied upon for the next couple of games. Senior guard Fabyon Harris is out indefinitely after passing out at the team’s shootaround Saturday morning. Freshman guard Shawn Smith, who missed the last game due to personal issues, might be out longer too. Green will be the guy Billy Kennedy looks to again to fill these voids.