Barnes points to offensive rebounds, turnovers in 5-point loss to Texas A&M

The latest Associated Press college basketball poll ranks the Vols at no. 17. / (Tennessee Athletics)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Vols fell to Texas A&M Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee, now 12-8, tipped off against the Aggies at 6:30 p.m. The Vols came off a close loss to no.3 Kansas. Junior Yves Pons had a career-high 24 points, but Tennessee couldn't quite close the gap and fell 74-68 to Kansas on Saturday night.

At halftime, the Vols trailed 24-25 and lost to Texas A&M 63-55. The Vols were out-rebounded by 25.

Coach Rick Barnes said he was "surprised" by the rebounding issues, which was "disappointing" during the post game conference.

This game against the Aggies was considered a "must win" for Tennessee.

The Vols plan to wear purple shoe laces on Tuesday during the game to honor the late Kobe Bryant. Bryant was killed on Sunday afternoon in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The game will be aired on the SEC Network.

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