Mitchell scores 23, Texas A&M holds off Tennessee 63-58

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Wendell Mitchell scored 23 points to lead Texas A&M to a 63-58 victory over Tennessee on Tuesday night.

Mitchell hit a 3-pointer late in the shot clock with 48 seconds left to put the Aggies ahead 56-53 and he followed with a pair of free throws on their next possession.

Quenton Jackson added 11 points for the Aggies (10-9, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), and Emanuel Miller pulled down 12 rebounds. Mitchell was 5-of-20 shooting, including 4 of 14 from 3-point range, but he made all nine of his free throws. Texas A&M shot just 30.4% overall but made 22 of 29 free throws.

The Aggies muscled their way into the paint when their deep shots didn’t fall and outrebounded the Vols 46-21. Twenty-three of those were on the offensive boards, which they turned into 16 points.

John Fulkerson led Tennessee (12-8, 4-3) with 15 points. Jordan Bowden added 13 points, and Yves Pons and Santiago Vescovi both scored 10. Tennessee entered the game ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense at 59.8 points per game.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies won without much help from leading scorer Josh Nebo, who entered the game averaging 12.5 points per game and 7.1 rebounds. Nebo scored his only field goal of the game with 2:30 left in the second half, though it was a crucial putback that helped turn the momentum back toward Texas A&M.

Tennessee: Coming off a close loss at No. 3 Kansas on Saturday, the Vols struggled with turnovers (13) in addition to the problems on the boards. The Vols enter a tough stretch of their schedule, with back-to-back road games at Mississippi State and Alabama before returning home to host No. 13 Kentucky.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: The Aggies play at Georgia on Saturday.

Tennessee: The Vols visit Mississippi State on Saturday.

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