By: Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
COLLEGE STATION — The Arkansas Razorbacks edged out the Texas A&M Aggies 62-60 at Reed Arena Tuesday to earn their first win in Aggieland since Jan. 23, 1991.
With 5.1 seconds remaining, Admon Gilder ran the length of the court and shot a running 3-pointer at the top of the circle that bounced off the rim no good.
The last-second shot was part of a 26-second volley that saw Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford miss both of his free throws as the Hogs clung to a 61-60 lead. But Aggies Robert Williams and Tyler Davis knocked the ball out of bounds to the Razorbacks. On the inbound, Daryl Macon caught the pass and dribbled the ball out of bounds while trying to run the sideline.
The Aggies had a chance to take the lead with a field goal, but DJ Hogg’s deep two hit nothing but backboard and fell into the open court and picked up by Macon. A foul by Davis sent Macon to the line where he hit one of his two free throws.
Macon and Gilder each had a team-high 16 points. The Hogs shot 40.4 percent from field goal range while the Aggies shot 38.0, including 6-of-20 from the 3-point line. Arkansas shot 43.8 percent from three with Manny Watkins, who hit his first 3-pointer Saturday against Missouri, go 3-of-3.
The Hogs turned the Aggies over 12 times and converted the free possessions into 16 points, making it the 18th game Arkansas has had double-digit points off opponent turnovers. The Hogs also out-rebounded the Aggies 36 to 32, a factor Razorbacks head coach Mike Anderson said would be a part of Texas A&M’s physical play.
The Aggies had a lead advantage of 31:07 to 5:29 over the Razorbacks. Arkansas trailed 15-5 to start the game before going on a 13-3 run to tie the game 28-28. Macon tried to dunk the ball on a fast break to end the first half, but Tonny Trocha-Morelos blocked Maconto preserve the 32-30 halftime lead.
When the second half opened, the Aggies broke out on a 16-6 run. It wasn’t until Moses Kingsley tipped in a missed shot with 3:10 in the game to go up 57-56 that the Hogs had their first lead of the second half.
The first Southeastern Conference road win moves the Razorbacks to 14-4 and 3-3 and drops the Aggies to 9-8 and 1-5 in the conference.
Arkansas is back at home on Saturday with a home date against the LSU Tigers at 7:30, which can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1400 with pregame at 7:00 and Chuck Barrett and Mike Zimmerman calling the action.
Texas A&M travels stays at home in College Station to host the Georgia Bulldogs at 11:00 a.m. The game can be heard on our sister station, 94.1 FM ESPN Texarkana, with pregame at 10:30 a.m. and Dave South calling play-by-play.