Texas A&M Basketball Pulls Away from Nittany Lions; Moves to 5-0
What a huge win for this Texas A&M basketball squad! The Aggies are now 5-0 on the season, and it’s not like these wins have all come easy, either. Tough road contests at Ohio State and SMU in back to back games were both gritty wins, and now the Aggies have notched a victory in their first game of the ESPN Events Invitational down in Orlando.
Texas A&M basketball has now scored at least 73 in each game this season. This was the most points they’ve yet given up in a game, with the Nittany Lions notching 77; the Aggies had held each of their last three opponents to exactly 66 points and TAMU-Commerce to 46 in the first game of the year. Surprisingly, Wade Taylor has not been the leading scorer in any of these first five games; Hefner led with 19 in the first outing, then Radford for two games, and now Coleman for the past two.
On the subject of big number 15, he has been an absolute force this season. He’s got 43 in the last two games, and is averaging a double-double so far on 70.4% shooting. He’s picked up the slack bigtime in the absence of Julius Marble (for which we are still waiting on an explanation, but it seems that one is not forthcoming). He knocked down some huge buckets in this one, including going 8-10 from the free throw line.
Even though Wade has yet to lead scoring in a given game, he hasn’t exactly been quiet. He was just one point off of the lead in this one, putting up 23-6-3. That includes some hugely difficult shots he was hitting down the stretch at the end—the kind that reminds you of just how good this guy is.
Overall, even though the Aggies are 5-0, it still doesn’t even feel like they’ve reached anything close to their ceiling yet—which is a scary thought for their upcoming opponents. With a road trip to UVA looming, the Aggies are looking to down their first ranked opponent of the season ahead of a December 16 visit from a top-10 Houston squad.