Texas A&M Basketball won their season-opener against Northwestern State in style on Wednesday, blowing out the Decons by fourteen points.
Texas A&M Basketball tipped off their 2019 season with a win over Northwestern State, downing the Demons by the score of 77-63.
The Aggies came out on fire in the first half, heading into the locker room with a 38-26 lead. The Demons played the Aggies a lot closer in the second half, but it was to no avail, as the Aggies were able to pull away with a 14-point win in Buzz Williams’ Texas A&M coaching debut.
Savion Flagg starred for the Aggies in the win, dropping 22 points in 35 minutes. Flag also had a team-leading five assists, in addition to seven rebounds, which tied Jonathan Aku for the team lead.
Neither Josh Nebo nor T.J. Starks played in the win, but their absences ended up not mattering much, as Flagg and other guards picked up the slack. Winning by a wide margin despite two of their top players being out was a nice statement for the Aggies to make, considering that if they want to make a run in the SEC this year, they’ll need to have their depth on full display.
The guard play of the Aggies despite Starks being out was the biggest takeaway from the game, as the Aggies’ four top guards combined for 53 of the Aggies 77 points, as well as every assist except for four.
The win marks win number one in the Aggie career of new head coach Buzz Williams, who will look to further the Aggies’ program into tournament contention.
Up next for the Aggies will be a dual against Louisiana-Monroe at home, a game that the Aggies should certainly be able to win and improve to 2-0. After that, the challenge begins for the Aggies, as they’ll host eighth-ranked Gonzaga in a big game just one week into the season.