Qucik Grambling Review
The Aggies put a rather unnecessary beatdown on a hapless Grambling team yesterday by a final score of 101-27.
The good guys scored 28 straight points to open the game before Grambling was able to make their first basket at the 11:20 mark of the first half. The Aggies roared to a 65-13 halftime lead and their 65 first half points set a school record for points scored in an opening half, while Grambling's 13 points set an A&M school record for fewest points scored by an opponent in the opening half.
Other records set yesterday included the 74 point margin of victory setting a Big 12 record and was the largest margin of victory since the league was formed in 1996-1997. Grambling's 27 points were also the fewest by an Aggie opponent since 1947-1948. Grambling shot 19.6% from the field on 10 of 51 shooting which also set a school record for lowest shooting percentage by an opponent.
Finally, Josh Carter tied the school record he set earlier in the season by making 8 three pointers. Josh finished with 24 points.
Joe Jones also played an all around good game scoring 20 points (8 for 8 from the field) and grabbing 7 rebounds.
Acie Law played great scoring 13 points while dishing out a season-high 14 assists.
Also - Donald Sloan scored a season high 12 points while grabbing 4 boards and adding 4 assists.
The Aggies came out in their new "alternate" home jerseys that were all black with maroon and white accents. I thought they looked sharp.
You can see a couple of pictures of them here:
The only disappointing thing to come out of yesterday's game was the fact that Gillispie was playing his starters well into the second half.
The starters were finally pulled at the following mark and score:
Joe Jones - 7:59 - 88-25
Acie Law - 5:52 - 92-27
Antanas Kavaliauskas - 5:52 - 92-27Josh Carter - 3:12 - 98-27
Dominique Kirk - 6:35 - 90-27
I was very disappointed to see Josh Carter still in the game jacking up a three point shot with 3:17 left and the Aggies ahead by 70 points. Look - I understand that you want the kid to set the school record, but that is absolutely uncalled for. VERY disappointing.
Don't come at me with "We only have 14 games to get these guys ready for conference play......" You were ahead by 60+ the entire second half, it was no longer necessary to have those guys in the game. All 5 starters still managed to play at or around their average minutes on the season, but this was not your average game. There is no excuse to having your top 5 guys in the game that long.
Next up for the Aggies is a dangerous match-up with Winthrop on Tuesday night. We will be going to the game Tuesday so we'll have a first-hand review for you on Wednesday sometime.
The Aggies open up Big 12 play on Saturday when they host K-State at 7:00.
Before Saturday I will put together a quick look at the Big 12.