Late Run Lifts Texas A&M Over K-State, 68-61


Freshman Nijel Pack scored a season-high 26 points in the loss.

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Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Texas A&M closed the game on a 13-3 run to pick up a 68-61 win over K-State on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Aggies improved to 8-7, while K-State dropped to 5-13.

The Cats held a 58-55 lead with just over two minutes remaining, but a three-point play by Savion Flagg started the late A&M run. The rest of the damage was done at the free throw line, as the Aggies went 10-for-10 down the stretch to secure the win. Texas A&M made their final 18 free throws overall to finish 22-for-26 on the day. A&M held a 32-12 advantage in bench scoring.

Nijel Pack had a fantastic day in a losing effort. The freshman scored a season-high 26 points (23 in the second half) with eight makes from long range. He added five assists on the day. Mike McGuirl was the only other player in double figures with 10. McGuirl added six assists. K-State went to the line just nine times on the day, making five of those attempts. The Cats had 15 assists on their 23 made field goals.

Flagg and Jay Jay Chandler each had 14 for Texas A&M. Flagg added a game-high eight rebounds. Emanuel Miller (12) and Andre Gordon (10) also reached double figures for the Aggies.

K-State travels to Kansas on Tuesday evening for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Jayhawks.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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