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Flagg scores 22, leads Texas A&M past Arkansas 87-80

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) With 30 seconds left, Texas A&M forward Savion Flagg stepped to the free-throw line knowing the game was probably out of reach, even if Arkansas fouled and moved the ball like it still had a chance.

For good measure, he hit both, pushing his Aggies' lead back to nine on their way to an 87-80 road victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.

Flagg scored 22 and Wendell Mitchell added 20 for the Aggies, (12-14, 5-9 Southeastern Conference), who have won four of their last five games and avenged a home loss to Arkansas (14-13, 5-9) on Jan. 5.

Daniel Gafford scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds for Arkansas, which has lost five straight. Sharpshooter Isaiah Joe added 20 points, but his 2-for-8 shooting from behind the arc stalled the Razorbacks' comeback effort. Mason Jones scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Joe came into the game leading the SEC with 91 3s at an impressive 42.3-percent clip, so Kennedy's plan was to limit his shots.

''The heart of our scouting report was trying to keep him from getting touches and keep him from getting shots,'' Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. ''To hold him to only two 3s was a big part of what we wanted to do.''

Arkansas pulled within two points with 8:21 remaining in the second half, but Flagg drilled a fastbreak 3-pointer and spurred an 11-2 run that essentially put the game out of reach.

That run included three consecutive layups from TJ Starks, whose acrobatic ability to find the basket through bigger defenders allowed him to finish over and around Arkansas' players. By the time Jones scored a layup at the 2:13 mark, the Aggies' lead was 75-64.

''I'm just proud of our guys because it wasn't a pretty game, but I thought we figured out a way to win,'' Kennedy said. ''We made enough plays in that stretch to pull away in that second half, and that was critical.''

Flagg, who came into the game as the team's third-leading scorer averaging 12.2 points, scored 13 in the second half as the Aggies survived strong second-half performances from Gafford and Jones.

''I thought we did a good job handling their press. We got some easy baskets in transition,'' Kennedy said. ''That's kind of how we've played all year, trying to get paint touches and spread out for 3s. We were able to get some easy baskets, and once you make 3s, it opens up the lane.''

Despite the Razorbacks' best efforts to get the ball to Gafford within the final two minutes, the Hogs weren't able to catch up.

Josh Nebo had 14 points and Starks finished with 11 for the Aggies, who outrebounded Arkansas 35-25.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies have won consecutive games and four of their last five going back to a road win at Missouri on Feb. 9. The positive run has been a respite for a team that suffered two, three-game conference losing streaks. While it would take a strong run in the SEC tournament to earn an NCAA Tournament berth, the Aggies are playing perhaps their best during this late-season push.

Arkansas: At five straight losses, the Razorbacks are in a completely different spot than they were after a win over Vanderbilt on Jan. 5. At that point, they seemed to be in position to make the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks have lost six games at home, an uncharacteristic stat for Arkansas coach Mike Anderson.

HISTORIC HOG HONORED

The athletic department honored former Razorback guard U.S. Reed with a special presentation at halftime. Reed, who played at Arkansas from 1977-81, is best known for hitting a half-court, game-winning shot against Louisville during the 1981 NCAA Tournament. During the event, a cheerleader who had retrieved the game ball donated it to the university.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Continue its two-game road trip at No. 13 LSU on Tuesday.

Arkansas: Travels to Lexington to play No. 4 Kentucky on Tuesday.

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Key Players
S. Flagg
J. Harris
30.7 Min. Per Game 30.7
8.6 Pts. Per Game 8.6
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
2.9 Reb. Per Game 2.9
46.2 Field Goal % 35.4
31.7 Three Point % 13.1
63.4 Free Throw % 69.3
+ 2 Daniel Gafford made dunk 7.0
  Offensive rebound by Daniel Gafford 8.0
  Isaiah Joe missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 1 Chris Collins made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Chris Collins made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Daniel Gafford 19.0
+ 2 Daniel Gafford made dunk 19.0
  Offensive rebound by Daniel Gafford 19.0
  Mason Jones missed layup 21.0
+ 1 Savion Flagg made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Savion Flagg made 1st of 2 free throws 30.0
Team Stats
Points 87 80
Field Goals 28-48 (58.3%) 30-63 (47.6%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 5-22 (22.7%)
Free Throws 25-34 (73.5%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 35 25
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 21 14
Team 5 1
Assists 13 13
Steals 10 5
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 20 24
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 13 REB
12T
away team logo Texas A&M 12-14 384987
home team logo Arkansas 14-13 374380
Team Stats
away team logo Texas A&M 12-14 70.4 PPG 40.1 RPG 11.8 APG
home team logo Arkansas 14-13 75.3 PPG 37.1 RPG 16.0 APG
Key Players
1
S. Flagg G 13.9 PPG 7.7 RPG 2.3 APG 46.7 FG%
10
D. Gafford F 16.9 PPG 8.7 RPG 0.7 APG 66.0 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Flagg G 22 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
D. Gafford F 23 PTS 13 REB 0 AST
58.3 FG% 47.6
37.5 3PT FG% 22.7
73.5 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Flagg 22 9 4 6/11 2/4 8/10 1 36 1 0 4 4 5
W. Mitchell 20 3 2 7/9 3/5 3/3 5 20 1 0 2 0 3
C. Collins 5 1 3 0/0 0/0 5/6 2 20 4 0 0 0 1
B. Mahan 5 2 0 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 25 0 1 1 0 2
C. Mekowulu 4 5 0 2/2 0/0 0/1 4 16 0 3 3 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Flagg 22 9 4 6/11 2/4 8/10 1 36 1 0 4 4 5
W. Mitchell 20 3 2 7/9 3/5 3/3 5 20 1 0 2 0 3
C. Collins 5 1 3 0/0 0/0 5/6 2 20 4 0 0 0 1
B. Mahan 5 2 0 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 25 0 1 1 0 2
C. Mekowulu 4 5 0 2/2 0/0 0/1 4 16 0 3 3 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Nebo 14 6 0 5/6 0/0 4/4 1 24 0 1 1 2 4
T. Starks 11 0 2 5/11 0/3 1/6 2 26 3 0 7 0 0
J. Chandler 4 1 1 1/4 0/2 2/2 3 20 1 0 0 0 1
J. Walker III 2 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 1 2
A. Gilder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Byers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. French - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. McGhee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 30 13 28/48 6/16 25/34 20 200 10 5 18 9 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gafford 23 13 0 9/14 0/0 5/7 1 29 0 3 4 6 7
I. Joe 20 6 2 5/12 2/8 8/9 3 32 1 0 2 0 6
G. Osabuohien 8 0 2 4/4 0/0 0/1 4 16 2 0 0 0 0
D. Sills 7 1 0 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 1 0
J. Harris 2 0 3 1/5 0/3 0/2 4 34 0 0 3 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gafford 23 13 0 9/14 0/0 5/7 1 29 0 3 4 6 7
I. Joe 20 6 2 5/12 2/8 8/9 3 32 1 0 2 0 6
G. Osabuohien 8 0 2 4/4 0/0 0/1 4 16 2 0 0 0 0
D. Sills 7 1 0 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 21 0 0 2 1 0
J. Harris 2 0 3 1/5 0/3 0/2 4 34 0 0 3 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Jones 11 0 4 4/13 1/7 2/2 2 26 0 0 0 0 0
A. Bailey 4 2 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 19 1 2 0 2 0
K. Embery-Simpson 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0
R. Chaney 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 14 1 1 0 1 1
J. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Garland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stevens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Obukwelu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 24 13 30/63 5/22 15/21 24 200 5 6 12 10 14