Alex Poythress’s dominant stretch carries, showcases sophomore’s evolution

Alex Poythress - photo by Walter Cornett |
Alex Poythress – photo by Walter Cornett |

Caught in somewhat of a lull and on the verge allowing another opponent to hang around, needed a jolt.

The Wildcats led A&M by just four points early in the second half after building a double-digit advantage before halftime. The crowd was anxious, surely anticipating another nip-and-tuck finish.

It was then, however, that turned to a source of energy that has gone from unlikely to expected within the last two months: Alex Poythress.

“He made plays like, ‘How did he make that play?’ ” said. “And that’s how we got a little gap.”

He scored the game’s next seven points, the last three coming on an open-floor and-one that drew a big reaction from his teammates and even a smile from the normally stoic Poythress. After an A&M 3 briefly cut the lead to eight, Poythress delivered a gravity-defying dunk to give the No. 14/14 Cats (14-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) a double-digit lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 68-51 win over the Aggies (12-6, 3-2 SEC).

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