Rebels go cold in second half, fall at Texas A&M

Published 12:01 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M had lost four games in a row and was trailing big early against Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

The Aggies knew they had to turn things around and do so quickly before things got out of hand.

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“We were like: ‘We can’t lose this game,’” senior Alex Caruso said. “We’ve got to get our sense of urgency up.”

Texas A&M did just that as Danuel House scored 13 points to lead four Texas A&M players in double figures, and the Aggies snapped their skid with a 71-56 win.

They led by 5 at halftime and were still up by that amount before scoring the next eight points to extend their advantage to 53-40 with about 15 1/2 minutes remaining. House got A&M going in that stretch with a 3-pointer and Jalen Jones added a dunk to help Texas A&M (19-7, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) push the lead.

Ole Miss (16-10, 6-7) missed six shots in that span, with four coming on layups and never threatened again.

The Rebels were led by Stefan Moody’s 17 points.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy did not speak at a postgame news conference, as is customary for head coaches, and was not made available to reporters despite repeated requests made to the team’s sports information director.

Tyler Davis added 11 points for A&M and Anthony Collins and D.J. Hogg had 10 apiece.

Ole Miss couldn’t do much in the second half offensively and made just 2 of 20 shots in a stretch in the second half that ended with about one minute remaining. The Aggies used a 6-0 run at the end of that span to stretch the lead to 71-54.