The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies (2-2) men's basketball team fell hard on Friday, losing to the Colorado Buffaloes (3-2) 100-75 at the Myrtle Beach Invitational inside the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina.
Texas A&M's perfect start was abruptly ended on Thursday when the Aggies were defeated by Murray State, 88-79, in the first game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. "I thought [Murray State] had more energy at the beginning," said Aggies coach Buzz Williams after the game.
Myrtle Beach apparently doesn't suit the Aggies very well, as they continued that sluggish play on Friday, shooting just 40.0 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from 3-point range. The A&M defense allowed the Bulldogs 57.6 percent shooting from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Hayden Hefner led the way for the Aggies with 13 points, while Solomon Washington and Julius Marble chipped in 12 points apiece. Washington also pulled down four rebounds.
K.J. Simpson was the difference-maker for the Buffaloes, with 30 points, seven rebounds, and six steals, while Ethan Wright scored 15 and Javon Ruffin had 14 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Also in double-digits for Colorado was Nique Clifford with 11.
The Aggies led 14-12 at the 12:15 mark of the first half, but from there it was all Buffaloes, who held a 54-33 lead at the half and outscored the Aggies 49-42 in the second frame.
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A&M is now at .500 on the young season as Williams will try to get his squad back on track at DePaul on Friday at noon at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. You can find the game on FS1.
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