Sophomore Emanuel Miller scored career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Texas A&M charge back from a double-digit, second-half deficit and outlast Tarleton State 73-66 on Wednesday in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies trailed throughout the game before taking the lead for good at 56-54 on a pair of free throws by Savion Flagg with 5:50 to play. Tarleton State went 4 1/2 minutes without a field goal in the game’s pivotal stretch and was outscored 19-12 over the final six minutes.
Miller, who sat out the Aggies’ opener with a “small muscle injury,” did the majority of his damage from the charity stripe, hitting 15 of 16 free-throw attempts. Flagg added 21 points and nine rebounds for Texas A&M (2-0).
Montre’ Gipson led Tarleton State with 23 points while Konstantin Dotsenko and Shamir Bogues added 15 and 11 points, respectively for the Texans (1-1). Four Tarleton State players fouled out.
Tarleton State, in its first year in Division I and a member of the Western Athletic Conference, is coached by Billy Gillispie, who was at Texas A&M from 2004-07 and then coached at Kentucky and Texas Tech.
The Texans played as if they belonged in the first half, holding Texas A&M to 33.3 percent shooting and leading by as many as six points before the Aggies trimmed that advantage to 26-24 on Flagg’s 3-pointer with one second left in the half.