Taylor propels Texas A&M over UL Monroe 87-54

Nov 7, 2022, 6:32 AM | Updated: 9:12 pm
Texas A&M guard Khalen Robinson (1) drives the lane against Louisiana-Monroe guard Jamari Blackmon ...

Texas A&M guard Khalen Robinson (1) drives the lane against Louisiana-Monroe guard Jamari Blackmon (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

(AP Photo/Sam Craft)

              Louisiana-Monroe guard Devon Hancock (2) looks to pass the ball as Texas A&M guard Hayden Hefner (2) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Louisiana-Monroe forward Nika Metskhvarishvili (4) drives past Texas A&M forward Solomon Washington during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Louisiana-Monroe guard Jamari Blackmon (0) slides out of bounds after chasing a loose ball against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Louisiana-Monroe forward Nika Metskhvarishvili (4) passes a loose ball to a teammate against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV (4) reacts after making a 3-point basket against Louisiana-Monroe during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Texas A&M guard Tyrece Radford (23) drives the lane against Louisiana-Monroe guard Devon Hancock (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Texas A&M guard Dexter Dennis (0) grabs a rebound from Louisiana-Monroe guard Devon Hancock (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Texas A&M forward Henry Coleman III (15) shoots as Louisiana-Monroe forward Nika Metskhvarishvili (4) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Texas A&M forward Henry Coleman III (15) shoots as Louisiana-Monroe forward Victor Bafutto (14) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
            
              Texas A&M guard Khalen Robinson (1) drives the lane against Louisiana-Monroe guard Jamari Blackmon (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Wade Taylor IV buried four 3-pointers and scored 18 points to power Texas A&M to an 87-54 victory over UL Monroe in a season opener on Monday night.

Henry Coleman III finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Texas A&M. The Aggies opened with a win for the 22nd straight time — the last four under coach Buzz Williams.

Hayden Hefner had 12 points off the bench for Texas A&M. Dexter Dennis had three of the Aggies’ 12 3-pointers and scored 11, while reserve Manny Obaseki scored 10.

Nika Metskhvarishvili and reserve Jamari Blackmon led the Warhawks with 10 points apiece. UL Monroe shot just 27% from the floor (16 of 59) and made 2 of 20 from beyond the arc.

A&M shot nearly 51% from the floor (32 of 63) and hit 12 of 26 from distance.

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