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Aggies Beat Florida Gators 54-52: Live Game Log

The Texas A&M Aggies put their season-best six-game winning streak on the line Wednesday at Reed Arena in a mirror game rematch with the Florida Gators.
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The Texas A&M men's basketball team will meet the Florida Gators at Reed Arena in College Station on Wednesday night in a mirror game rematch of the Jan. 4 contest that saw an Aggies 66-63 win.

A&M is riding a season-best six-game winning streak that began with a Dec. 27 win over Northwestern State, which has been followed by wins over Prairie View, Florida, LSU, Missouri, and South Carolina. 

The Aggies have won three straight over the Gators in the series, which is the longest streak for the Aggies over Florida.

Texas A&M has opened SEC play with four straight wins for a second straight season. Last year, the Aggies started 4-0 and proceeded to famously lose their next eight. Coach Buzz Williams and Co. will hope to avoid that fate this season.

The Aggies are fresh off a 94-53 rout of the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday night in Columbia, which saw Wade Taylor IV hit 8-of-10 shots from the field, with his only two misses from beyond the arc, where he went 4-of-6. A&M led wire-to-wire after opening up with a 32-9 lead.

Florida beat No. 20 Missouri on Saturday afternoon 73-64 in a game that saw Gators guard Will Richard score 18 points, and Colin Castleton nail a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards.

On the season, Taylor IV leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while. Henry Coleman III leads with 5.8 boards per game. Taylor IV also leads the program this season in assists with 3.6 per contest.


The Aggies get off to a fast start from Julius Marble and Dexter Dennis with a 4-3 lead at the first TV timeout. FIRST HALF 15:42: Gators 3, Aggies 4

Marble and Tyrece Radford stay hot with a couple of jumpers while keeping Florida scoreless through the next timeout. FIRST HALF 11:49: Gators 3, Aggies 8

Florida's Alex Fudge hit a couple of free throws to get within three, but Marble stays hot with a jumper to extend the Aggies' lead. A&M is quick to the defensive rebounds early. FIRST HALF 7:06: Gators 6, Aggies 12

Hayden Hefner gets in on the 3-point action and Riley Kugel hits a couple of charity shots for the Gators. Taylor IV stays hot for the Aggies but Kyle Loften hits a layup for Florida to keep it close. FIRST HALF 3:43: Gators 11, Aggies 17

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Dexter hit a layup to extend the Aggies lead and Marble stays hot for an Aggies nine-point lead. HALFTIME: Gators 12, Aggies 23

Dexter Dennis starts the scoring in the second half to extend the Aggies lead before Alex Fudge hits a jumper for the Gators to draw closer. A&M stayed aggressive on the defensive boards, but Myreon Jones knocked down a 3-pointer for UF just before the timeout to get the Gators to within six. SECOND HALF 15:07:  Gators 22, Aggies 27

Kyle Lofton hit a jumper that Dexter Dennis answered with a 3-pointer. Alex Fudge remains hot for the Gators. The Aggies and Gators exchanged layups as both defenses faltered for a bit. SECOND HALF 11:54: Gators 28, Aggies 32

Hefner stays hot from downtown, and Radford stays perfect from line. Colin Castleton scored a couple of uncontested layups to get the Gators to within two. SECOND HALF 8:35: Gators 35, Aggies 37

Dexter Dennis gets back into the scoring action and Castleton continues his layup parade. Marble continues his hot hand and Riley Kugel nailed a 3-pointer for UF. SECOND HALF 3:37: Gators 42, Aggies 46

Alex Fudge made one of two free throws out of the timeout after a Dexter Dennis foul. Colin Castleton made an uncontested dunk that got the Gators to within two with under two minutes to play. The Aggies called a timeout with 1:14 left. SECOND HALF 1:14: Gators 46, Aggies 48

Wade Taylor IV made a couple of free throws to extend the lead to four, but Kugel hit a three with 30 seconds left. But the Aggies hang on for a two-point win. FINAL: Gators 52, Aggies 54

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