Texas A&M holds off Florida rally for seventh straight win

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Julius Marble scored 19 points, Dexter Dennis had 11 points and 16 rebounds, and Texas A&M held off a late Florida rally, beating the Gators 54-52 on Wednesday night.

The Aggies (13-5, 5-0 SEC) won their seventh straight game and haven’t lost since the starting lineup of Marble, Dennis, Henry Coleman, Wade Taylor and Tyrece Radford was established at the end of the last month.

After leading by 11 points at halftime, the Aggies clung to their dwindling lead throughout the second half. An alley-oop dunk from Florida’s Colin Castleton drew the Gators 46-44 with 1:43 to go before Taylor made both ends of one-and-one for a four-point lead over Texas A&M with 1: 01 to do.

Riley Kugel’s 3-pointer with 29 seconds left gave the Gators a point for the first time in 34 minutes of play, then Taylor converted another one-and-one to give the Aggies a 52-49 lead with 23 seconds to play. Florida’s Myreon Jones missed a layup, Castleton’s follow-up was blocked by Andersson Garcia and Tyreece Radford broke away for a dunk that gave the Aggies a 54-49 lead with four seconds left.

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