COLLEGE STATION - Early games during College Basketball are meant for teams who could contend to show off their skills. Texas A&M is stuck somewhere in the middle of that analogy. With the addition of Buzz Williams, the future of the program looks to be in the proper hands. The present could come with some bumps.
But the Aggies received a blessing on Monday night with the return of senior forward Josh Nebo. Thanks to his contributions in the second half, the Aggies were able to secure their second victory of the season, defeating Louisiana-Monroe, 63-57.
Nebo's seven points, four rebounds and three blocks during the second half helped the Aggies rebound from a 10-point deficit, but so did the fans. As the cold air blew outside Reed Arena, the heat coming inside sparked a fire on the Aggies' offense.
“I thought it was the loudest Reed has been since I’ve been here,” A&M coach Buzz Williams said.
Nebo suffered a hamstring injury during the middle of "boot camp" this past offseason, forcing him to miss a majority of camp and the team's exhibition game. That would also put him behind in learning Williams' new system.
Relying on a primary offense, the Aggies were able to use small ball to their favor. During the second half, Nebo would make his presence felt by the Warhawks, slamming an alley-oop pass from Savion Flagg to tie the game at 45. Seconds later, he'd block a pass from JD Williams, leading to a dunk from Aggie guard Jay Jay Chandler.
“As all players right now, it’s kind of an adjustment but overall I feel comfortable," Nebo said. "It’s not gonna be perfect just every day we’re getting better.”
The veteran and rookie bond was well in place heading into the final minutes the second half. Along with Nebo's resurgence, freshman guard Andre Gordon accounted for eight A&M's final 10 points.
The Aggies will face Gonzaga on Friday, November 15, at Reed Area for an 8:00 p.m. tip-off.