NCAA Latest: Texas A&M-Providence opens tournament's Day 2


After Providence guard Kyron Cartwright scored to tie the game at 50 with 9:07 remaining, Texas A&M went on a 15-4 run to give itself a 65-54 advantage at the 2:06 mark.

Williams finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for Texas A&M (21-12), the region's No. 7 seed.

Day two of round of 64 begins at 12:15 p.m. ET with No. 7 seed Texas A&M playing No. 10 Providence in a West Region game in Charlotte.

"I don't think we played well", Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "I just didn't feel my team played with the goal and energy that we've played with in the past". If we can get him one-on-one on the block, most times we're going to live with that.

The Aggies finally found some traction and took their first lead with 4:56 left in the half on a 3-pointer by Jay Jay Chandler. Pinson (10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, team-high 4.8 assists) performs well at both ends of the court while junior guard Kenny Williams (11.4) adds consistent scoring depth.

Rodney Bullock had 22 points for the Friars, and Alpha Diallo added 21 points and seven boards. "It definitely bothered us around the rim". "Doing what they've done at Providence College over four years, getting to the tournament, I feel like I let them down. I was trying to shorten the game to save legs, to make them play defense a little bit longer". "There's really nothing you can do. You keep encouraging your kids, but when you've got 7-6 wing length and 7-5 wing length, that's genetics, baby". Drake would claw back within single digits twice, but the Aggies 31-point second quarter was enough to get the job done. But for the fourth time in that span, the Friars didn't advance a round. Then Aggie forward Robert Williams provided his own exclamation point.

"But, part of our Achilles Heel this entire year was not being able to complete an assignment and that's missing shots". Despite the slow the bad start, the Aggies never trailed by more than six, and Trocha-Morelos triple started a run of six straight made shots as the Aggies took a 28-27 lead into halftime.

In the A&M locker room following the win, injured senior guard Duane Wilson had the honors of sticking the Aggies' name on the oversized bracket that rests in the bottom floor of the Spectrum Center. "They had five out of seven possessions when they scored five times". They upped their pressure and that's when we're at our best, is when people do that and we can back cut out of it or we can start to read screens better. "Our coaches stress to us before the game, the other team emphasizes hitting us, boxing us out. That's the most frustrating part for me, because I don't think we played almost as well as we needed to or had to in order to advance in this tournament".