Texas A&M Aggies guard Savion Flagg (1) works along the baseline during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores of the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

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Aggies knock off Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament, 69-52

A&M faces Mississippi State Thursday night at 8:30pm

March 13, 2019 - 11:24 pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)--Savion Flagg scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, and 11th-seeded Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt 69-52 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Texas A&M (14-17) snapped a two-game skid. The Aggies will play No. 6 seed Mississippi State in the second round Thursday night.

Jay Jay Chandler had 13 and Josh Nebo added 11 for the Aggies.

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Saben Lee led Vanderbilt (9-23) with 19 points, and Yanni Wetzell had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Christian Mekowulu hit a jumper within the first minute, and Flagg added a jumper as Texas A&M took control from the opening tip. Lee scored four straight to tie it up for Vanderbilt. Chandler's layup with 15:42 left put the Aggies ahead to stay, and he followed with a 3-pointer as Texas A&M built its lead to as much as 15 on Flagg's jumper for a 34-19 halftime lead.

It got so bad in the second half that Flagg set a new career-high with 26 points on a jumper in the paint with 12:45 left, almost matching what the Commodores had as a team (28). Texas A&M took its biggest lead on a dunk by Nebo nearly midway through the half at 50-31. Then Vandy put together its best run of the game at 13-2, and Aaron Nesmith's 3 with 6:23 to go pulled the Commodores within 53-43.

They never got closer than 10 down the stretch.

Story courtesy Texas A&M Athletics

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