Aggies show Friars early NCAA tourney exit

Aggies show Friars early NCAA tourney exit

Aggies show Friars early NCAA tourney exit

Gilder, Davis and Williams scored all of the Aggies' points during that span.

Drake cut its deficit to 76-65 at the end of three quarters, but the Aggies held on for the win.

Bullock had 22 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Friars.

The Aggies (21-12) feature a front line consisting of 6-foot-10, 264-pound junior Tyler Davis, 6-10, 241-pound sophomore Robert Williams and 6-9, 220-pound junior D.J. Hogg, all three of whom stand head-and-shoulders above everyone in UNC's preferred small starting lineup.

"I thought we had some good looks".

MICHIGAN STATE 82, BUCKNELL 78: Miles Bridges scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help second-seeded Michigan State (30-4) over 15th-seeded Bucknell (25-10) at Detroit. She hit 10 of 11 from the field and made her only free throw. The Friars entered the game coming off of a run to the Big East Championship Game, but met their match in the Aggies. Becca Hittner had 19 for the Bulldogs, who won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

Aggies show Friars early NCAA tourney exit

Luke Maye (32) and Kenny Williams defend Lipscomb's Garrison Matthews Friday.

The victor of Sunday's game will face the victor of Saturday's match-up between No. 3 MI and No. 6 Houston in the Sweet 16.

Drake led, 28-26 after a fast-paced first quarter where the Bulldogs hit 12 of 17 shots.

"Players play", coach Roy Williams said. "Their perimeter guys have a lot of size, too". "We just have to outwork them a little bit". And we stopped doing that. The game was a slugfest until the final few minutes, when A&M asserted itself as the better team on the floor. A crucial intentional foul on Davis during that run helped put Texas A&M over the top. She has had 10+ rebounds in four of five career NCAA Tournament games.

Although North Carolina definitely has an edge when it comes to tournament experience, the Aggies are not without their share of experienced players.

Dave Goff, a four-year starter for the Aggies, died on Saturday after complications from cancer, according to an A&M release. The Aggies manged to make the NCAA Tournament as a seven seed though, and the SEC as a whole is having a great first round. But for the fourth time in that span, the Friars didn't advance a round. The Aggies have never lost in six first-round games at home. Texas A&M also ranks 12th nationally in defensive efficiency numbers, almost 25 spots higher than the Friars.

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