Aggies Snap 7-Game Skid With 83-49 Victory Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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The Aggie men's basketball team played without Troy Gillenwater and Gordo Castillo and lost center Hamidu Rahman midway through the first half but still cruised to an 83-49 victory over visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night in the Pan American Center snapping their seven game losing streak.

The Aggies had four players finish in double figures as they got 19 points from Christian Kabongo, 16 points from Hernst Laroche, a career-high 15 from Bandja Sy and 12 from Tyrone Watson. Hamdidu Rahman scored eight points in eight minutes before re-injuring his calf.

The Aggies led the Golden Lions 12-6 at the 13:23 mark of the first half as the Aggie offense got off to a sluggish start. The Aggies scored eight of their first 12 points from the free throw stripe but the offense started to click as the Aggies pushed their lead to 13 points with 6:25 left to play. The Aggies would go on a 10-3 run to take a 20 point lead with 1:25 left in the half and took a 36-19 lead into the break.

The Aggies would push their lead out to 20 points with 15:33 left in the game and maintained a 20-point cushion with 11:27 left to play in the game. The Aggies expanded their lead to 60-32 after a thunderous B.J. West slam dunk from the middle of the lane with just under nine minutes left. The Aggies would push their lead out to 32 points at 74-42 after a three pointer and a layup from Hernst Laroche with three and a half minutes left to play. The Aggies would finish off the game outscoring the Golden Lions 9-7 to make the final score 83-49.

The Aggies shot 55.1 percent for the game including a sizzling 69.2 percent in the second half making 18-of-26 baskets. The Aggies held Pine Bluff to just 32.8 percent shooting for the game. The Aggies out-rebounded the Golden Lions 47-25 and scored 25 points off of 21 Pine Bluff turnovers.

The 49 points was the lowest point total allowed by an Aggie team since the 2007-2008 season when they held Prairie View A&M, another SWAC opponent, to 43 points in an 80-43 victory. With the win the Aggies improve to 3-7 on the season while Arkansas-Pine Bluff falls to 0-9.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday night as they host Oklahoma Panhandle State.