exas A&M Aggies guard Wendell Mitchell (11) watches Arkansas Razorbacks guard Jalen Harris (5) bring the ball up the court during the first half at Bud Walton Arena.

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Aggies hold off Arkansas on the road, 87-80

First win in Fayetteville since 1986

February 23, 2019 - 10:58 pm
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Savion Flagg scored 22 points to lead Texas A&M to an 87-80 win against Arkansas on Saturday night.

Wendell Mitchell added 20 points for Texas A&M (12-14, 5-9 SEC), which has won four of its last five games and avenged a home loss to Arkansas (14-13, 5-9) on Jan. 5.

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Daniel Gafford scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds for Arkansas, which has lost five straight. Sharpshooter Isaiah Joe added 20 points, but his 2-for-8 shooting from behind the arc stalled the Razorbacks' comeback effort. Mason Jones scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Arkansas pulled within two points with 8:21 remaining in the second half, but Flagg drilled a fastbreak 3-pointer and spurred an 11-2 run that essentially put the game out of reach.

That run included three consecutive layups from TJ Starks, whose acrobatic ability to find the basket through bigger defenders allowed him to finish over and around Arkansas' players. By the time Jones scored a layup at the 2:13 mark, the Aggies' lead was 75-64.

Flagg, who came into the game as the team's third-leading scorer averaging 12.2 points, scored 13 in the second half as the Aggies survived strong second-half performances from Gafford and Jones.

Despite the Razorbacks' best efforts to get the ball to Gafford within the final two minutes, the Hogs weren't able to catch up.

Josh Nebo had 14 points and Starks finished with 11 for the Aggies, who outrebounded Arkansas 35-25.

Story courtesy Texas A&M Athletics

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