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Normal, Ala. - A&M shot 51 percent from the field and 44% from three point line in the first half for season highs. They also shot 50% in the second half on their way to their second win of the season with a 103-77 victory over Oakwood College Tuesday night.
Freshman Justin Colvin posted a 19 points, Jeremy Crutcher tallied 12 assists and Justan Banks totaled 18 points and 14 boards, his first double double and all career highs at Alabama A&M for the Bulldogs.
The 103 points scored is a first in triple digits for A&M since November 14, 2011 versus Talladega College.
“We started out doing something we been preaching all year; defending first rebounding then running,” said head coach Willie Hayes. “We did all three tonight and that’s why we were successful.”
In a game that saw two lead changes and three tied scores, A&M did not start off well as the Ambassadors kept the game close in the first half leading by two at one point and pulling within three at the 8:53 mark 26-23.
From there the Bulldogs offense caught fire and opened a 17 point lead to go into half-time.
“The guys on our bench went in and played well,” Hayes mentioned. That’s the reason we got the lead and maintained it.
The second half was all AAMU as they held their largest lead at 33 points at two desperate occasions. The Maroon & White was never threaten and held Oakwood to 35 percent in the second half on nine of 26 shooting from the field.
Oakwood only dangerous area was the free-throw line as they shot 72% on 13 of 18 in the second half and 16 of 25 for 64 percent in the first.
“We got our seven-footer going and Oakwood was too small to handle him,” Hayes quoted. “When he plays well it helps us get going.”
A&M outscored Oakwood 46-20 in points in the paint, 22-2 in points off turnovers, 23-6 in second chance points, 18-0 in fast break scores and 50-42 in bench points.
Dave Daly lead Oakwood with 19 points while Tony Richards score 14.
The Bulldogs will enjoy the Thanksgiving break then get back to work in preparation for the University of Evansville. The game is set for Monday, November 26th in Evansville, Indiana. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.