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Aggie men's basketball team loses to Vols in 4OT

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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:04 am, Sun Feb 24, 2013.

It was Elston Turner's game to win.

The problem for Texas A&M: The Tennessee Volunteers knew that better than anyone.

Tennessee paid more attention to A&M's senior shooting guard as time went on and finally slowed him down enough to escape Reed Arena with a 93-85 quadruple-overtime victory.

Turner still broke the Reed Arena scoring record for the second straight game with 38 points. He had 37 in A&M's 69-67 win over Ole Miss on Feb. 13.

But Turner had little support on the offensive end. After scoring 27 points in regulation, he took more than half of A&M's shots in the four overtime periods, going 5 of 14 from the field as the Aggies (15-11, 6-8) followed a win with a loss for the fourth straight time.

"We needed to have someone else make a play," A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said.

Turner took many of his shots with two or three Volunteers (16-10, 8-6) pressuring him. He hit 11 of 19 shots in regulation and didn't miss a two-point attempt in the first 30 minutes of the game. Of course, Turner, who played 58 minutes, didn't expect that to be the halfway mark of the contest.

"The last five minutes of the game and overtime, we played him better," Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "I've seen few college guys shoot the pull-up and have it go down consistently as well as he does. We didn't defend with a level of passion and toughness the first 35 minutes, [but] then you've got to give a lot of credit to Skylar McBee being locked in and Josh Richardson accepting the job."

The Vols had three different players try and stop Turner, who spent the entire 20 minutes of overtime running off screens to get the ball then working one-on-one to get off his shot.

A&M had an opportunity to win at the end of regulation and the first three overtimes, but the Vols had the best opportunity to send fans home early.

With 5.9 seconds left in regulation, Jarnell Stokes pulled down a rebound and drew a foul by Alex Caruso -- his fifth. Stokes tied the game at 62-62 by making the first three throw, but after A&M called timeout, he missed the second.

Ray Turner rebounded the miss and passed to J-Mychal Reese, who hurried up court and got off a 3-point shot that hit the back of the rim just before the buzzer sounded.

"I thought it was good when it left my hands," said Reese, who finished with 15 points, six in overtime. "It was a good look."

A&M, which led for a majority of regulation, had its best opportunity to win in the first overtime, leading 68-64 after Fabyon Harris made two free throws with 25 seconds left.

Trae Golden then drove the ball all the way for a layup in less than six seconds, and after Reese made one of two free throws, Jordan McRae stroked a 3-pointer to tie the game at 69.

"You can't give them a layup like that, letting them score that quickly, but [Golden] is a junior and made a heck of play," Kennedy said. "Some of that was fatigue."

Elston Turner got the final look of the first overtime, but his baseline jumper hit the back of the iron and bounded away.

Turner then gave the Aggies a four-point lead in the second overtime, but Reese's baseline jumper was the only basket the Aggies made in the final 2:37. Meanwhile, Golden hit a 3 and later drove the lane for a basket to tie the game at 75 with 17 seconds left.

A&M got the ball to Elston Turner for a final shot. He tried to draw a foul on McBee, but the Volunteer who came off the bench to make 3 of 4 treys and score 12 points held his ground, and Turner missed the potential game-winning shot.

"They were not really as frustrating as what happened on the plays before," Turner said of the missed chances to win the game. "We gave up straight-line drives, offensive rebounds, so it wasn't really as much missing the game-winning shots as what led up to it."

A&M had to score the final points of the third overtime to extend the game. Jarod Jahns followed a Reese miss to square the game at 79 and force the fourth OT.

Only Jahns, Reese and Elston Turner made a basket for A&M in overtime.

Jahns had only three points, but finished with seven rebounds and took two of his three charges in the overtime periods to help A&M extend the game.

McRae put Tennessee ahead at the start of the fourth overtime, then Golden took over with two baskets before McBee drained a baseline 3 to give the Vols an 88-80 lead. That practically guaranteed there would be no repeat of the Baylor-A&M game on Jan. 23, 2008, when the Bears won in five overtimes.

"I know about that game, but it wasn't going through my mind," Elston Turner said. "It was a fun entertaining game. I've never been a part of game like that, so it was a fun game, but we definitely needed to make some extra plays."

It was the longest game in Tennessee history. Golden and McRae each played 56 minutes and Stokes 53. Golden finished with 32 points, McRae 23 and Stokes 20. Stokes also had 16 rebounds, eight on the offensive end.

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  • Bonfiresmoke posted at 1:21 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    Bonfiresmoke Posts: 4

    I don't know much about basketball, but I love to watch it and support all Aggie Sports. I don't understand why we were not driving to the bucket in overtime instead of waiting to the last second and forcing shots. Also, UT #11 was hot and he had four fouls by the 2nd OT if not before. Why did we not drive on him to draw a foul and get him out of the game. As Jim said, it was an entertaining game with a bad result.

  • jim '78 posted at 5:42 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    Maybe vandy should put the teams and coaches in the endzone in football instead of the sidelines.

  • RJ posted at 4:53 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Blair's team looked like the Men's team the first half

  • jim '78 posted at 4:30 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    That Vandy floor should be illegal. Never saw this arrangement before.

  • bbfan22 posted at 12:29 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    bbfan22 Posts: 247

    The team played hard, but was just simply outplayed by superior players. Our three "bigs" scored nine points. Two fouled out. Their ONE big man, scored 20. A&M does not have a post player worthy of being on the court. They would be better off with four 6-5 guys like Turner and Caruso, who move the ball and are active on the court. Our "bigs" are just statues with lead feet who can't dribble, rebound, pass or shoot. What's left? Of their 42 rebounds, those three only got 15.

    Having said all this, I must say something about the officiating. In the 55+ years I have played and watched basketball, this was by far the most one-sided game called by referees I have ever seen. Absolutely disgusting! UT players consistently used their forearms to shove defenders when they dribbled around and drove to the basket. They also consistently "hooked" defenders when they spun to shoot near the basket. Yes, both teams were called for nearly the same number of fouls, but UT committed many more that were not called than A&M. Lastly, the UT coach was constantly on the court when the ball was in the east end of the court. He was not only out of the prescribed coaches sideline area, he was often on the court, near half court, easily 20 feet past the coaches line. That's a technical foul rule that's been on the books for nearly 30 years. Fans were yelling about it the whole game, but it wasn't called once.

  • RJ posted at 12:01 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    F....... BB. Ryan just ran a 4.34 40 at the combine, moves him in the 2nd or 3rd round of Draft!!

  • RJ posted at 11:21 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Calm down Jim, nothing will happen after this year. Next year if A&M does not make the NCAA in a weak SEC then let him go!!

  • jim '78 posted at 11:06 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    Caruso and the Turners understand the game. Kennedy can't even draw up an in bounds play that works. I'm telling you I've seen much better coaching in Texas high schools. Flash those quick guys through the paint with a crisp pick and get him open for an outside shot in the corner! Caruso is one heck of a passer and basketball player. This is sad and I feel sorry for the players. Make a change now Hyman. Have a secret meeting with Kennedy and tell the world about it like you did with the Manziels. What was that all about Hyman?? Hyman you have done nothing yet. Looks like you need to prove yourself and see if you can do a better job of finding a basketball coach than $bill. At least I could communicate with bill.

  • mart80 posted at 9:38 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L,I'm sorry they are consistant.

  • mart80 posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    mart80 Posts: 1885

    Stokes from Tenn. made our bigs look like they were not even in the game.Terrible team.Is it 2014 yet?[sad]

  • RJ posted at 8:59 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Game was lost by Kennedy getting "Out Coached" in OT. First of all with a 2 point lead, key player fouled out, Tennessee still has all starters in the game, Reese goes to free throw line with about17 seconds left and makes one of two, and with Tennessee hitting 3's all day they do not foul and they tie game. Then Tennessee puts taller person to defend Turner.......Game Over.....Horrible Coaching

  • jim '78 posted at 12:42 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    Entertaining game with a bad result. Those young Aggie men were trying but they don't have a well designed offense. The Turner's played pretty solid along with Caruso. Kennedy says "we need someone else to make a play" We need a coach that knows how to run pick and rolls, give and goes, and the triangle. This Aggie team is small but has some speed and you have to use it. Push the ball and run. Play to your strengths. I saw a few picks that just were not executed correctly. This is painful to watch.


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