Texas A&M got back in the win column for the second consecutive time when Tyler Davis’ buzzer beater put the Aggies over the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats 79-77.
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More clutch. Tyler Davis scores at the buzzer to win it for Texas A&M! https://t.co/r5JWDc8rHN
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) February 21, 2016
Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds on the night, and Texas A&M was led by Jalen Jones’ 24 points on a rare off night for team leader Danuel House, who was held to nine points on 2 of 13 shooting.
In terms of why Kentucky was defeated, in spite of a combined 43 points from Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, the answer is simple: rebounding. The lack of a strong defensive big man in the starting lineup led the Wildcats to be out-rebounded 41-36, and Texas A&M had 20 offensive rebounds to Kentucky’s six. Not even 12 rebounds from Isaac Humphries was enough for Kentucky.
On top of that, the Wildcats just committed bad fouls at the absolute wrong time. With mere second remaining in overtime, Texas A&M earned free throws when Humphries earned a technical for slamming the ball to the court. Skal Labissiere was fouled right after House sunk both of his free throws, and sunk one of two shots to tie the game. Davis then hit his buzzer-beating layup, and Humphries tweeted out the following after the game was over.
I will learn from this #BBN
— Isaac Humphries (@IsaacHumphries7) February 21, 2016
Texas A&M is now in a three-way tie for second place in the SEC behind Kentucky and will look to narrow that lead against Mississippi State and Missouri next week, while Kentucky is staring a tumble down the rankings square in the face and must right the ship against feisty Alabama and Vanderbilt teams in the coming days.
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