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Texas A&M Holds Off Men’s Basketball, 63-57

Curt Lewis

College Station, Texas – The Missouri men’s basketball team held Texas A&M to just 28.8 percent shooting but the hosts were able to take advantage of 37 free-throw attempts to earn a 63-57 victory on Tuesday night.

Graduate Sean East II (Louisville, Ky.) led the Tigers (8-11, 0-6 SEC) with 17 points and five assists, while junior Tamar Bates (Kansas City, Kan.) registered his ninth-straight game in double-digit scoring with 16 points.

The Tigers started the game strong with a 13-4 lead over the first six minutes. However, Mizzou would go cold over the next 12 minutes and the Aggies (12-7, 3-3 SEC) were able to take advantage with a 23-2 run. Mizzou made 1-of-11 field goals during the stretch with eight turnovers as Texas A&M pulled in front by 12, 27-15.

An 8-0 stretch, however, quickly pulled Mizzou back within single digits before the schools headed into the locker room with Texas A&M in front by five, 30-25.

The strong finish spilled over to the second half as the Tigers finally moved back in front just over six minutes into the period, 39-38. Texas A&M, though, would answer with an 8-0 run for a seven-point lead and never trailed the rest of the game. Mizzou moved within a single possession on four occasions but the Aggies wouldn’t allow the visitors to complete the comeback in the six-point victory.

Mizzou finished by making 38.9 percent of its field goals with an 8-of-29 clip from 3-point range. While the Tigers held the Aggies to 28.8 percent shooting and 6-of-27 from beyond the arc, Texas A&M won the free-throw line on the night – making 27-of-37 from the charity stripe with the Tigers going 7-of-10.

The Tigers remain on the road to face South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. First tip is scheduled for noon CT on SEC Network.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics