Vanderbilt wins rubber match against Texas A&M 66-41

By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)


NASHVILLE — No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores dispatched the Texas A&M Aggies 66-41 on the second day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Aggies’ 41 points were the fewest points scored all season by Texas A&M, and only four players scored the whole game. One of those players was freshman forward Robert Williams, who was one point away from point away from his 12th double-double of the season as he grabbed 10 rebounds. The Vivian, La. native blocked a shot to extend his streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 31 games, a school record and also a leader in active NCAA streaks.

The Aggies shot 24.1 percent from field goal range in the first half of the game, but came back with a 55.2 percent field goal percentage in the second half. Overall, the Aggies went 33.3 percent from the field. Texas A&M trailed 23-20 at halftime, and had the rebound advantage 24-13.

Head coach Billy Kennedy went with the lineup of Admon Gilder, JC Hampton, Tonny Trocha-Morelos, Tyler Davis, and Williams for the ninth time this season to finish with a 5-4 mark when starting such a lineup.

Sophomore forward Tyler Davis reached double digits as he scored 18 points in 29 minutes along with grabbing eight rebounds. Fellow sophomore, guard Admon Gilder, also reached double digits with 11 points.

Head coach Billy Kennedy is now 115-85 as the Aggies head coach, possibly concluding his sixth season. He is 326-264 in 19 seasons as a head coach.

The Aggies finish the year 16-15. The all-time series with Vanderbilt is now 8-3 in the Commodores’ favor. Texas A&M is 3-5 all-time at the SEC Tournament with a 25-40 record in all conference tournaments.

Vanderbilt advances to play No. 2 seed Florida on Friday.