Texas A&M Downs South Carolina 83-60

Justin Minaya scored 16 points for Gamecocks

Ed Jenson
February 03, 2018 - 9:57 pm

Texas A&M is back to playing the way it did in earning a high ranking prior to league action, and that should earn the attention of the rest of the Southeastern Conference.

"They've got their team back together," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said of the suddenly-surging Aggies. "There's a reason why they were top five in the country."

A&M junior guard Admon Gilder scored 15 points and the Aggies dominated South Carolina from the start, winning 83-60 on Saturday in Reed Arena. The Aggies (15-8, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 49-27 at half, in shooting 63 percent (17 of 27) from the field in the first 20 minutes. The Gamecocks (13-10, 4-6) shot 21.1 percent (8 of 38) in the same span, as A&M blasted to the 22-point lead. A&M finished 29 of 55 from the field, good for 53 percent.

"It makes a big difference when you've got guys who are healthy," said A&M coach Billy Kennedy, whose team was wrought with injuries and suspensions late in nonconference play and early in SEC action. "Especially when you're playing against a physical team like South Carolina."

A&M has won its last two games against Arkansas and South Carolina by a combined 37 points. Justin Minaya scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Gamecocks.

A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams collected a season-high five blocks, to go with 11 points, and the Aggies' 11 total blocks were one shy of the team record.

"It's just hustle," Williams said of his team-high 47 blocks this season. "I know my team is depending on me to get my blocks, and make those plays."

A&M dominated South Carolina in points in the paint (40 to 18) and on the fast break (17-4).

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