How long before Mike Anderson gets fire?
By: Carlos Chicas
Photos: Crant Osborne
Texas A&M used an 8-0 run inside the final five minutes to pull away from Arkansas and the Aggies held on for an 87-80 victory over the Razorbacks Saturday night at Bud Walton Arena.
A tight game through the first 35 minutes, Arkansas was down three (67-64) with 4:42 left before the Aggies’ 8-0 run to take an 11-point lead with 2:28 left – the first double-digit lead of the game. The Razorbacks fouled down the stretch and got to within six twice but could not get any closer.
Texas A&M out-rebounded the Razorbacks 35-25 and made 25 free throws on 34 attempts, compared to 15-of-21 by the Razorbacks. While Arkansas shot 47.6 percent from the field, A&M made 58.3 percent of its field goals.
The Aggies were led by Savion Flagg and Wendell Mitchell. The duo scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, while Josh Nebo scored 14 and TJ Starks had 11.
Mike Anderson during press conference said “First of all congratulations to Bill’s team, from the first time we played them, I always thought that they would be a difficult team to play. It was a very difficult game. But I think the game was defined from the free throws, and we failed. It was a two-point lead game, but things did not work out. We always talk about playing with a lot of confidence and serenity. We lost the ball at crucial moments especially when the game was only two points difference and then we down by 7. Once again, we have to understand the moments of the match, because that affects us when the opponent scores the points that we do not. 7 games lost at home, something very disappointing; rivals know how difficult it is to win here at home. We just have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we are not doing, maybe it is the team’s lack of experience, but as I tell the guys we have to keep fighting. ”
Up next for Arkansas will be Ole Miss inside Bud Walton Arena, game schedule for March 2nd at 12p.m.