Texas A&M vs Brigham Young

Aggies bounce Cougars again in first-round rematch


West Regional | Edge: Connecticut-Texas A&M

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryan Davis drove to the basket, drew a foul and tossed the ball up over his head with his back to the net.

Like most of his higher-percentage shots, it went in.

With Davis leading the way, Texas A&M beat Brigham Young 79-66 in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday.

Davis scored 21, Donald Sloan had 14 and the ninth-seeded Aggies handed the Cougars their seventh straight opening-round loss in a rematch from last year. Both teams drew the same seeds last March; A&M won 67-62.

"He had it going," Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said of Davis. "I told him to play with energy and play with poise. He made a couple shots today, I think his eyes were closed."

The Aggies (24-9) will meet Connecticut on Saturday.

  UConn 103, Chattanooga 47

Jimmer Fredette scored 18 and Lee Cummard added 17 for BYU (25-8).

"I think we had too much energy and rushed offensively," Cummard said. "Defensively, we knew what they were doing but we gave them too much room."

Looking for its first tournament win since 1993, BYU came out flat. An outstanding perimeter-shooting team during the season, the Cougars couldn't make a shot early.

Meanwhile, the Aggies couldn't miss. A&M made its first 10 shots and built a 22-7 lead less than eight minutes in. Davis had eight of those 22 on three mid-range jumpers and a reverse layup.

"We had an advantage down low and we wanted to play inside-and-out," Davis said.

The Cougars missed six straight shots after Jackson Emery started the game with a 3-pointer. They were 3-for-15 at one point, and finished 23-for-59 (39 percent), far below their season average of 48.7 percent.

BYU trailed 26-8 when coach Dave Rose called a timeout before the midpoint of the first half. Whatever he said worked. Jonathan Tavernari and Cummard hit consecutive 3s, sparking a 16-6 run that pulled the Cougars within 32-24.

But the Aggies quickly answered with a run of their own. B.J. Holmes nailed a pair of 3s to make it 40-27 and A&M took a 42-30 lead into halftime.

"It makes it really tough. It's almost like an irreversible momentum," BYU's Chris Miles said of A&M's strong start. "It seemed like it was 15 points the whole game. They were hitting everything including some tough shots."

BYU cut the deficit to single digits only once in the second half after Fredette's driving layup capped off a mini 6-0 run to make it 47-38. The Cougars had a chance to get closer but missed a pair of 3s.

"I felt if we could get one of those shots, it might be different," Rose said.

The Aggies then pulled away with seven straight points. Nathan Walkup had two layups sandwiched around Josh Carter's 3-pointer to make it 54-38.

An alley-oop slam by Derrick Roland off a pass from Dash Harris extended the lead to 60-44. BYU never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Carter, the Aggies' leading scorer, wasn't a factor in the first half, when he scored only two of his 10 points. Carter's teammates, especially Davis, had no trouble picking up the slack. Five players scored in double figures.

"They played zone and they were shadowing me," Carter said. "My teammates were getting good looks and knocking them down."

A&M now heads to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The four straight appearances in the tourney already are a school record.

The Aggies were only 3-7 in the Big 12 a month ago and seemed unlikely to get an NCAA bid. But A&M won six in a row to end the regular season, before losing to Texas Tech in the conference tournament.

For BYU, it's another disappointing end to a strong season. The Cougars have won 20 games four straight years under Rose after going 9-21 in 2004-05. But they haven't had any postseason success.

"I didn't want to say this before the game, but I felt there was more pressure on them because they've never won," Turgeon said. "We've won some tournament games, so we were more relaxed. That was a lot of pressure on those kids."

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Junior forward Bryan Davis directs Texas A&M to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Junior forward Bryan Davis directs Texas A&M to the second round of the NCAA tournament. (US Presswire)
Texas A&M #9 «423779
Brigham Young #8303666
TXAM:Bryan Davis 21 Pts
TXAM:Chinemelu Elonu 10 Reb
TXAM:Donald Sloan 7 Ast
BYU:J. Fredette 18 Pts
BYU:J. Tavernari 7 Reb
BYU:L. Cummard 6 Ast

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Brigham YoungTexas A&M
L. Cummard
B. Davis
Texas A&M Aggies
J. Carter, G-F313-82-312110
D. Sloan, G316-92-567214
B. Davis, F309-133-593121
D. Roland, G283-92-202110
C. Elonu, F-C283-42-210138
B. Holmes, G213-52-222310
N. Walkup, F142-30-04134
D. Harris, G90-00-00210
D. Loubeau, F31-10-00002
S. Schepel, G10-00-00000
B. Graham, G10-00-00000
D. Lewis, G10-00-00000
M. Carrell, F10-00-00000
A. Darko, G10-00-00000
D. Bowles, F-CDid Not Play
C. Chapman, GDid Not Play
J. Blasczyk, F-CDid Not Play
Totals 30-5213-1932201579
Brigham Young Cougars
L. Cummard, G356-144-436317
J. Tavernari, G-F343-90-07249
J. Fredette, G345-137-1011118
J. Emery, G323-60-01148
C. Miles, F-C182-80-14114
N. Hartsock, F264-52-340410
L. Morgan Jr., G100-00-00410
C. Abouo, G-F60-20-02010
J. Anderson, F-C30-10-01010
G. MacGregor, F-C10-00-00000
A. Rose, G10-10-00000
M. Loyd Jr., GDid Not Play
M. Pinegar, GDid Not Play
M. Boswell, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-5913-1823152066
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Texas Tech0-04-0152
Kansas St.0-03-0178
Oklahoma St.0-03-0229
W. Virginia0-02-1152
Iowa St.0-03-2251

West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys0-04-050
San Diego0-03-0220
San Fran.0-02-1300
Santa Clara0-01-271
Other games
Butler 71 Final
LSU 75
Nridge 70 Final
Memphis 81
N Iowa 56 Final
Purdue 61
RAD 58 Final
NC 101
MD 84 Final
California 71
Chatt 47 Final
UConn 103
Miss St 58 Final
Wash 71
Minn 62 Final
Texas 76
Michigan 62 Final
AMER 67 Final
Akron 64 Final
BING 62 Final
Morg St 54 Final
Oklahoma 82
VCU 64 Final
W Ky 76 Final
Illinois 72