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Aggies drop close matchup in regular season finale

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Originally scheduled for Feb. 6, Texas A&M and Arkansas were finally able to meet on the basketball court after the Aggies’ COVID-19 issues postponed the matchup twice.

Here are three takeaways from A&M’s 87-80 loss to No. 12 Arkansas.

Aggies drop final regular season battle

The two teams traded leads to start Saturday’s game until A&M went on a 14-2 run to take a 32-21 lead over the Razorbacks.

Early in the second half, Arkansas used an 11-2 run in the middle of the second half to take the lead for the first time since the 13:20 minute mark of the first half. The game remained a battle throughout until an 11-2 run from the Razorbacks in the final minute handed A&M its second consecutive loss.

The Aggies finish the regular season with an 8-9 overall record, 2-8 against conference opponents.

Finding their rhythm

The Aggies struggled from behind the arc against Mississippi State, shooting just 16 percent. However, those issues weren’t nearly as prominent in Saturday’s matchup.

Midway through the first half against Arkansas, the Aggies were shooting 61.9 percent from the field, including 60 percent from behind the arc.

After finishing the first half on 48.5 percent shooting, the Aggies improved to 53.6 in the second half, finishing the game with 50.8 including 43.5 from three.

Quenton Jackson has big night

Senior guard Quenton Jackson had a big game for A&M, finishing the game with a team-high 23 points, going 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 behind the arc.

After totaling 14 points in the first half with a pair of three-pointers, Jackson continued making big plays in the second half.

With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Jackson hit a three to tie the game at 67. He added two more three-pointers before the game’s end to keep the Aggies within seven of the Razorbacks.

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