What we learned as Alabama basketball falls to Texas A&M 87-71

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3/2/22 MBB Alabama vs Texas A&M Alabama forward James Rojas (33) Photo by Crimson Tide Photos

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter AJ Holliday

The University of Alabama men’s basketball team took on the Texas A&M Aggies Wednesday night, but the Aggies stunned the Crimson Tide at home, winning 87-71. A&M wins its third straight to improve to 19-11, 8-9 SEC. Alabama’ win streak ends at two games and they fall 10 19-11, 9-8 SEC.

Jaden Shackelford led Alabama in scoring with 16 points on 4-of-10 from the 3-point line. Jahvon Quinerly was second on the team with 14 points, Keon Ellis followed up with 13 points. The Aggies were led by senior guard Quenton Jackson with 28 points while shooting 9-of-13 from the field.

It was a tight game at half as the Crimson Tide led 40-37 after the first 20 minutes. But it was a dominant second half for the Aggies who played stifling defense, and outscored Bama 50-31 in the second half.

Here’s what we learned:

Quenton Jackson and Tyrece Radford dominated

Radford dropped a season-high 22 points against the Crimson Tide Wednesday. Radford also shot an efficient 9-of-15 and collected three steals. Jackson finished with 28 points and scored 17 of those in the second half. He made big shots all night and gave every Crimson Tide defender a hard time when they tried to guard him.

Too many turnovers 

Alabama went into halftime with nine turnovers and after expecting them to clean up their mistakes in the second half, it only got worse. The Crimson Tide turned the ball over 10 times in the second half to finish with 19 turnovers, including some in pivotal moments.

A&M had more energy in the second half

The Aggies were the more physical team in the second half, they outrebounded Alabama 29-22 and punished the Tide at the free-throw line, shooting 93%. A&M as a team was more efficient, shooting 57% from the field and 44% from three.

What’s next

Alabama travels to Baton Rouge Saturday to face the LSU Tigers in its regular season finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 am on CBS.

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