The Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M falls short in return
Texas A&M falls to Mississippi St. in first game in over a month
The Aggies, playing their first game in 32 days due to COVID19 issues, fell 6357 at home to Mississippi State. 5C
■ College basketball has reached the conference tournament juncture where it all went kaput 12 months ago.
COLLEGE STATION — Iverson Molinar scored 18 points and D.J. Stewart added 14 as Mississippi State fended off Texas A&M 6357 on Wednesday night in the Aggies’ first game in 32 days.
A&M postponed all seven games scheduled in February due to COVID19 issues within the program.
Emanuel Miller scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Texas A&M (88, 27). Quenton Jackson added 13 points and Savion Flagg 12.
Flagg reached 1,000 career points with a layup off his own steal at 14:33 of the second half, pulling the Aggies to within 4036. Flagg scored five points and Jay Jay Chandler dunked as the Aggies cut a late 10point gap down to 5955 with 3:16 remaining. The Bulldogs held on, however.
Over its previous four victories (in eight games), Mississippi State had limited its opposition to 54.8 points per game and a collective 32.9 shooting percentage. State matched that pretty closely on Wednesday holding the Aggies to 32% shooting.
Abdul Ado added eight points, six rebounds and five blocked shots for Mississippi State (1412, 89 Southeastern Conference.
No. 10 Villanova 72, No. 14 Creighton 60:
In Villanova, Pa., Justin Moore scored 24 points and helped Villanova capture the Big East title with a win over a Creighton team playing with coach Greg Mcdermott, who is under fire for using language evocative of slavery.
The Wildcats raced to a 19point lead and clinched their seventh regularseason title under coach Jay Wright in the last eight seasons.
No. 11 Florida State 93, Boston College 64: In Tallahassee, Fla., MJ Walker scored 18 points, hitting six 3pointers, and RaiQuan Gray added 16 points to help No. 11 Florida State win its 25th straight ACC home game.
Gray scored in double figures for an 11th straight game for the Seminoles (154, 113 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are in position to win the league’s regularseason title with a win at Notre Dame on Saturday.
No. 19 San Diego State 71, UNLV 62: Matt Mitchell scored 19 points and Jordan Schakel added 16 for No. 19 San Diego State, which clinched the Mountain West Conference regularseason title for the second straight year.
Nathan Mensah scored 14 points for the Aztecs (204, 143 MWC)
No. 20 West Virginia 72, Kansas State 64: In Manhattan, Kan., Esmery Martinez scored 23 points on 11of15 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to help West Virginia beat Kansas State.
Kysre Gondrezick added 14 points, Kirsten Deans had 13 points and nine assists, and Jasmine Carson scored 11 points for West Virginia (194, 134 Big 12).
No. 10 Indiana 89, Iowa 80: In Bloomington, Ind., the Hoosiers rallied from a sevenpoint deficit in the third quarter for a Big Ten home win. Grace Berger scored eight of her 22 points in a pivotal third quarter, when Indiana outscored Iowa 2716.
Florida 69, Auburn 62: In Greensboro, S.C., Kiki Smith scored 19 points, Danielle Rainey added 13 and 12thseeded Florida opened the SEC Tournament with a win over 13thseeded Auburn after blowing an 18point thirdquarter lead.
Alaina Rice led Auburn (519), which lost its 17th straight, with 15 points.