Texas A&M rallied to beat LSU, 68-62, on Tuesday for its ninth win in 11 games.
Junior guard Danuel House had a monster game for the Aggies, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He even hit two clutch freebies late to seal the win at College Station.
“I was just feeling it tonight a little bit with my teammates giving me a lot of support,” House said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench.
The Aggies trailed by five at halftime and by eight in the second half but used a 12-0 run to take a 54-50 win with about nine minutes to go. Both teams went back and forth down the stretch before Kourtney Roberson gave A&M the lead for good with a three-point play with less than two minutes remaining.
“That was very huge – very huge,” House said. “He made an aggressive dribble to power-step and make the layup to set it up, but more importantly he hit his free throw.”
The Aggies struggled from the line Tuesday, hitting just 14-of-26 free throws (53.8 percent). They also finished with fewer assists and steals than LSU, but they won the rebounding battle 38-31 and limited the Tigers to 42.6 percent shooting from the floor.
“We just wanted to stick together,” House said. “The main thing was sticking together. Don’t let the adversity kick in and separate us. That’s all we talked about was sticking together and coming together as one unit and playing for each other.”
Roberson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jalen Jones had 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and House shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point range.
“I was just trying to help my team win,” House said.
Scott Ferrall wonders if this is the kind of game that could prepare the Aggies (18-7, 9-4) for what they might see in the NCAA Tournament.
“Right now, if we was predicted to go to the tournament, yeah,” House said. “But right now, we just try to take it one game at a time.”
A&M is third in the SEC behind No. 18 Arkansas (20-5, 9-3) and No. 1 Kentucky (26-0, 13-0). The Aggies, it is worth noting, played Kentucky better than any other team in the country this season. In fact, the Wildcats needed double overtime to beat A&M, 70-64, on Jan. 10.
Maybe the SEC isn’t the one-man band it is sometimes portrayed as.
“The SEC is actually a great league,” House said. “A lot of people don’t give us a lot of credit. But the only thing we got to do is just keep playing the game of basketball the way that we know how and how the coaches want every team to play and just compete in the NCAA Tournament and change a lot of people’s minds.”
A&M hits the road for its next two games: at South Carolina (13-12, 4-9) on Feb. 21 and at Arkansas on Feb. 24. Tip-off against the Gamecocks is slated for 12 p.m. ET.