GREEN GIVES A&M
68-65 WIN OVER OWLS
 
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Jordan Green sank a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds remaining to lift Texas A&M to a 68-65 victory over Rice Friday night.

68 - 65
Reed Arena • College Station
Attendance: 4,816
Boxscore: HTML  |  PDF
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Rice (1-2) 33 32 65
A&M (3-0) 34 34 68
 Stats at a Glance
RICE A&M
FG Percentage 45.3 40.8
3-Pt FG Percentage 31.0 16.7
FT Percentage 80.0 67.6
Rebounds 30 38
Turnovers 13 8
Points in the Paint 26 24
Points off Turnovers 9 14
Second Chance Points 2 10
Fast Break Points 8 4
Bench Points 9 16
RICE Leaders A&M
Guercy, 17 Pts Roberson, 19
Obi, 9 Reb Roberson, 9
Guercy, 9 Ast Caruso, 7
Guercy, 3 Stl Caruso, 3
Gearhart, 3 Blk Space, 2

Kourtney Roberson paced the Aggies (3-0) with a game-high 19 points, while guard Max Guercy led Rice with 17 in the back-and-forth affair.

Guercy had missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:34 remaining, but quickly responded with a steal and resulting layup, giving Rice (1-2) a 64-63 lead.

Green countered with a jumper to shove the Aggies to a 65-64 lead with 41 seconds left. Out of the break, Guercy drove the lane and was fouled by Roberson, and Guercy answered by making one of two free throws to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining.

Texas A&M ran down the clock prior to Green's triple. The Owls' Austin Ramljak missed a desperation 3-point attempt from deep in the right corner on their final possession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Game Notes

TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M improved to 3-0 on the year while Rice saw its season ledger drop to 1-2.
  • The Aggies now lead the all-time series with the Owls by a margin of 107-82 … Rice stands out as the third most common opponent in Texas A&M men’s basketball history.

TEAM NOTES

  • The game featured 11 ties and 22 lead changes and remained a close affair throughout, as the biggest lead of the night was a six-point advantage for the Aggies early in the first half.
  • Texas A&M struggled finding its stroke from beyond the 3-point arc where the Aggies were just 3-of-18 on the night (16.7 percent) … overall, A&M made 20-of-49 total field goal attempts in the game to shoot 40.8 percent from the floor.
  • The Owls, meanwhile, shot 45.3 percent for the game and were very active from long distance, making 9-of-29 shot attempts (31%) from 3-point range.
  • Texas A&M used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Jordan Green, Kourtney Roberson, Antwan Space and Shawn Smith for the third time this season.
  • The Aggies held a 34-33 lead at halftime.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior Jordan Green scored the Aggies’ final five points of the night, including a 3-pointer with just seven seconds left that proved to be the game-winner … the Flower Mound, Texas, native ended the night with six points.
  • Junior forward Kourtney Roberson narrowly missed his third consecutive double-double as the Arcadia, La., product finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
  • Freshman forward Davonte Fitzgerald made 5-of-6 shots from the field to collect a career-best 14 points off the A&M bench.
  • Sophomore guard Alex Caruso dished out seven assists, falling just one shy of his personal best.
  • A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 35-33 in his third season at Texas A&M and 246-212 in 16 years as a head coach.
  • Senior guard Fabyon Harris missed the game with an injury and is listed as day-to-day.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies are back in action on their home court Tuesday night when they entertain Prairie View A&M… the game will be televised by FSN and is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.
  • Rice, meanwhile, will travel to Corpus Christi to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday.
Post-Game Quotes

 

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY

Opening Statement:

“I’m really thankful we won. Rice had a great game plan in knowing that we were down a couple of guys, two of our better shooters not being able to play, Fabyon [Harris] and J-Mychal [Reese]. We knew they would come in and play us a lot at zone. Unfortunately, we missed shots. Rice hadn’t made that many threes in their last two games. They came in here really loose and shot it well. We were fortunate to get the win.”

On winning on a 3-point shot:

“You know when we take the right 3’s we can make them. We had some guys, Alex [Caruso] and Shawn [Smith] that were trying to prove that they could make a shot and just getting one off instead of rhythm shooting. Jordan [Green] at the end, did what an experienced player does, took a rhythm three and knocked it down. I said earlier about Jordan that he’s worked extremely hard to put himself in this situation. When you work hard, good things happen. I’m thankful that it went down for him. I thought Antwan Space hit a big three. We’ve got guys who are capable of making them. We just have to be smarter on when we take them. We did a good job of driving and getting to free throw line. I thought we missed a lot of free throws, which we did, but 67% is not as bad as I thought it was. Obviously, we want to shoot in the 70’s or close to 80 percent. We made more than I thought when I looked at it after the game.”

On Davonte Fitzgerald:

“Last game, I was really disappointed I didn’t play him in the second half. I thought he should’ve played more. He can score. To be honest with you, he may be our best shooter from the 3-point line. Free throws, he never misses free throws like that. It’s just nerves and being a freshman. Offensively, he’s probably our best all-around offensive player. I said we’re struggling with our scoring so we’re going to go with best talent and he made some big shots.”

On Kourtney Roberson:

“He’s done a good job for us on the glass. I thought he stepped up and made some big plays. I’m proud of him for going 5-for-6 on the free throw line. He almost had a double-double. We need that from him. Again, our experience players, Jordan and Kourtney, stepped up for us. I thought that was big. He is one of the team leaders. We continually want him to be more vocal. Our team’s learning leadership in progress. Jordan [Green] right now has probably been our most consistent leader. Alex [Caruso] is trying to step up as a sophomore. But we need all those guys to help lead us.”

JUNIOR GUARD JORDAN GREEN

On the final shot:

“We didn’t really have an option {of who the play was going to}. I was really surprised by coach just giving us the okay to go without a time out.  We just came down there and ran a play. Like I said in the locker room, we’re turning into a squad. We’re turning into a team because he [Alex Caruso] trusted me to take that shot. He could’ve passed it to the corner but we all trusted each other and we stuck together. They were making so many big shots. We were kind of faltering and our heads were down a little bit but we stuck together and we stayed together as a team and that shows a lot of important things that make up a great team. Those last couple of minutes we just stuck together. We’ve been working together all summer and all spring and we were prepared for this.”

On the feeling of hitting a game winner:

“Seeing someone else hit it is good too. I’m just thankful I chose to shoot in the gym a little extra in my years. It felt great.”

On pressing through the tough shooting night:

“I was a little frustrated at myself because it was almost like they were playing off of me a little bit. Down the stretch coach kept putting me in. I made two bad bonehead turnovers like I’m a young guy, but he kept me in and he trusted my leadership. I was like I have to pay coach back with coming through on the clutch.”

FRESHMAN FORWARD DAVONTE FITZGERALD

On the game:

“It was a lot of fun especially the last two minutes watching Jordan [Green]. Two big shots, that’s the most exciting part about getting the win.”

On personal performance:

“My teammates kept encouraging me and telling me to keep going and keep confidence in myself. With that, I just kept coming at it.”

RICE HEAD COACH BEN BRAUN

Opening statement:

“I thought our guys battled. Obviously, A&M hit a couple big shots late in the game. They’re an improved team. We have a lot of respect for their team. They’re aggressive and they got to the line, certainly more than we liked to have put them there. That ended up being a big difference in the game. They were 3-for-18 and I thought we did a decent job contesting, but we have to do a better job of containment. We didn’t do that. Offensive rebounds hurt us too. They got some key offensive rebounds but we actually outscored them in the paint with a couple of layups. I thought Sean Obi played well for our team. He’s going to be a terrific player for us. Max [Guercy] came out with nine assists. I thought that was a great effort on his part. We almost put five guys in double figures. I was pleased with that aspect of the game. We needed a couple of tough stops at the end and we couldn’t get them.”