COLLEGE STATION, Texas — It’s nothing that Arkansas-Pine Bluff hasn’t gone through before.
UAPB hangs with a big-name opponent for most of the first half and runs out of steam the rest of the way. That’s what happened Tuesday as Texas A&M shot almost 60 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point range on its way to an 88-55 win over the Golden Lions.
The loss is the Lions’ fourth straight and came in their second game of the Corpus Christi Challenge, which will wrap up with games against Sam Houston State and either Hampton or Liberty on Friday and Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Aggies (6-0) shot 28 for 47 (59.6 percent) from the field, including 9 for 15 from the arc, and hit 23 of 34 free throws. It nearly became the second straight game UAPB (2-4) allowed a team to shoot 60 percent or better from the floor; Southern Methodist hit 66.7 percent on Sunday.
Jamal Jones (18 points) and Fabyon Harris (12), both Texas A&M guards, combined to shoot 9 for 13 from the field, including 7 for 10 from long range. Jordan Green and Kourtney Roberson added 11 points apiece and Jones and Antwan Space each had a team-high five rebounds.
UAPB kept even with Texas A&M on the glass, each team collecting 39 rebounds, but the Lions got 22 of theirs on offense. They shot 21 for 62 from the field, including 6 of 20 from the perimeter, and made 7 of 14 free throws.
Tevin Hammond led UAPB with 15 points and three assists. He hit 3 of 4 three-point attempts.
Daniel Broughton had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Davon Haynes and Ghiavonni Robinson each added eight pots for the Lions.
The Aggies led by as many as six points for the first 16 minutes, and the Lions were within 25-24 with 5:25 left. Harris then scored seven unanswered points to spark a 12-0 run, and Texas A&M went into halftime with a 44-29 lead.
That’s as close as the Lions would get from there. They were held to two field goals in the first 7 minutes of the second half, but managed to keep the Aggies’ lead to 20 points or less until the 8:40 mark, when Jones knocked down a three to make it 66-43. The Aggies led by as many as 43 points.