Last night was a big night in Aggie Country for the basketball teams. The men's team got a huge contribution from Jahmar Young to the tune of 33 points. We don't where that ranks among single game scoring records for a freshman, but you'd be hard pressed to find a more impressive performance in recent memory by an Aggie freshman, especially one who's only five games into his career. Jahmar Young outscored the entire St. Louis Billikens team last night, in fact, he had almost as many points in the first half (19) as they did in the entire game.
It wasn't all about the boys last night though as the ladies continued their revenge tour, downing Boise State by 14 points in a closer than the final score indicated, but not really game. We say this because the margin of victory ended up being 14 points, but the Broncos had cut the lead to one point with 4:27 left in the game, but only after the Aggies had built a 16 point lead with 9:13 left in the game, after being down by one after the Broncos scored the first two points of the second half. So it was a close game that turned into a not-so-close game that then turned into a close game and then turned back into a not-so-close game (kudos if you were able to follow all of that).
With the victories, both Aggie teams find themselves in first place. The men are all alone at 3-0 and the women are in a three-way tie for first at 2-0. Up next for the teams are games against Utah State. The men on the road in Logan, a very tough place to play, but one that the Aggies won in two years ago, although, none of these players were a part of that victory. The women host Utah State, who is one of the two other teams sharing first place with the Aggies.
What we didn't like: Slow Start. Getting down early 11-2. It really looked like they were going to get run out of the building in the first minute and a half of the game. Luckily, the games are 40 minutes long not 90 seconds long. The officiating. There were some "scratch your head" bad calls in last night's men's game.
What we liked: Comebacks. The Aggies were down 8-0 early but then went +20 the rest of the first half which resulted in the Aggies leading by 12 at halftime. You could tell that the Broncos came out fired up and we think that because they were so hyped up to try to prove that they belonged, they spent all that energy in the first three or four minutes and that's when the Aggies took over. Freshmen. For the men, Jahmar Young. In yesterday's Daily Aggie we said that Jahmar Young was one of the unknown factors for last night's game. He was the reason that the Aggies won the game, Hawkins didn't have his typical "Hawkins" type game as he was 3-18 from the field, something that just doesn't happen very often. Young picked up the slack. For the women it was Madison Spence. Spence who was coming off possibly her worst game as an Aggie against Utah Valley State, a game in which she didn't even finish due to reaggravating an ankle injury, came back and scored 19 points. Rebounding. Sherrell Neal, Anikia Jawara and Carla Denning combined for 34 rebounds (Neal had a game high 18). The entire Boise State team had 38. We talked about the advantage on the board that the Aggies would have, those numbers highlight that advantage.
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