Aggie Basketball Game #6:
Texas A&M (4-1; 0-0 SEC) vs. Northwestern State (3-1; 0-0 Southland)
November 26, 2012 · 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: FSN (FSN Southwest, FSN Southwest Plus or Fox College Sports)
Ron Thulin, Play-by-Play
Jim Haller, Commentary
-Check with your cable provider for channel number/availability in your area
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
Satellite: Sirius-113 / XM-199
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Reed Arena Monday night when it hosts Northwestern State in an 8 p.m. contest.
The Aggies are 4-1 on the season with a perfect 3-0 record on their home court improving Texas A&M's all-time non-conference record at Reed Arena to an impressive 103-10 (.912).
A&M is riding the high of a last-second victory over Washington State during its last outing, which came in the consolation game of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City last Tuesday. Trailing the Cougars 54-52, senior guard Elston Turner shook off the struggles of a rough shooting night to drain a long 3-pointer with just two second remaining to lift the Aggies to a one-point victory.
Elston has picked up where he left off during an outstanding junior campaign a year ago as he has reached double-figure scoring in each game this year and enters the NSU game leading the Aggies with a 15.4 point per game average.
Fellow senior Ray Turner is also off to a strong start in 2012-13, averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. During the WSU victory, Ray led the Aggies with 14 points, all of which came during the second half of play.
Additionally, redshirt sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson enjoyed a solid outing against the Cougars as he pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.
Hardworking senior Jarod Jahns has been a pleasant surprise on the court for the Aggies recently as the Spring, Texas, native set career-highs in minutes played during back-to-back games with a personal-best 21 minutes against WSU.
The Demons, meanwhile, enter Monday's contest with a 3-1 record after falling 102-95 during a shootout at LSU last Tuesday. Through four games, NSU has been one of the country's highest-scoring teams, averaging just under 94 points per game. Junior forward DeQuan Hicks has come off the NSU bench in each game this season to lead the team in scoring with 19.5 points per game while freshman guard Jalan West and senior forward James Hulbin each contribute 14.8 points per game.
Head coach Mike McConathy is in his 30th overall season as a collegiate head coach and 14th leading the Demon basketball program while maintaining a 555-364 overall career record.
Texas A&M leads the all-time series with Northwestern State by a count of 4-2. The last meeting between the two schools resulted in an 89-63 win by the Aggies inside Reed Arena on Jan. 2, 2010.
Tickets for Monday's game are available on game day at Reed Arena or by logging onto tickets.12thmanfoundation.com.
Season tickets are also on sale and fans are encouraged to make sure they have a seat for all the exciting Aggie basketball action by visiting the 12th Man Foundation's Ticket Center or calling 1-(888)-992-4443.
- The Aggies return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena, where they are a perfect 3-0 this season and 103-10 (.912) all-time in non-conference games since the arena opened during the fall of 1998.
- Following the Northwestern State contest the Aggies will hit the road to face Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 1 ... It will mark the first time the former Southwest Conference partners have met since a 93-80 Aggie win in College Station on Dec. 29, 2004 ... UH leads the all-time series with the Aggies by the count of 53-30 in a series that dates back to the 1946-47 season.
- The Aggies have been one of the country's most consistent free throw shooting teams on their home court this season, going 60-for-73 (.822) from the charity stripe at Reed Arena ... senior forward Ray Turner highlights the solid free throw shooting group as he is 17-for-17 from the line at home this season.
HOUSTON GAME TIME SET FOR 5:30 PM
The start time for the Texas A&M men's basketball team's contest at Houston on Dec. 1 has been moved to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate television coverage.
The game is slated to be televised on FSN as the Aggies travel to Hofheinz Pavilion for the first time since 2003.
The two schools, long-time league mates in the Southwest Conference, have met 83 times on the hardwood in program history with the Cougars owning a 53-30 edge in the all-time series. The two teams faced each other annually from the 1974-75 season through the 1995-96 campaign as SWC rivals.
JAHN'S INCREASED ROLE
Senior Jarod Jahns has long been recognized as a hard-worker and consummate teammate, but the Houston native has seen an increased role the last two games for the Aggies.
Jahns, who earned a spot on the team after a walk-on try-out prior to the 2010-11 season, played in just 12 games prior to this season but has seen action in four of the Aggies six games this year. Particularly during Texas A&M's two games in Kansas City, Jahns saw an increased workload which begain on Nov. 19 vs. Saint Louis. Against the Billikans, Jahns set then personal-highs in minutes played (8), points (6), rebounds (2) and assists (1), but it was just a prelude to his next career-game which would come less than 24 hours later.
Returning to the court at the Sprint Center against Washington State on Nov. 20, Jahns became the first reserve to come into contest when head coach Billy Kennedy called his number just four-and-a-half minutes into the contest. Jahns played a career-best 21 minutes vs. the Cougars contributing four points and a personal-best four rebounds, three of which came on the offensive glass.
ELSTON'S BIG SHOT
Senior Elston Turner wanted no part of overtime against Washington State on Nov. 20 during the consolation game of the CBE Classic at Kansas City's Sprint Center. With his team trailing 54-52, the Aggie sharpshooter drilled long range 3-pointer with just two seconds remaining in the contest to lift the Aggies to a 55-54 victory.
The shot came from five feet beyond the three-point line over a Cougar defender and was a welcome sight for Turner, who, having a tough night from the floor, was just 1-for-12 shooting before the game-winner.
While technically not a buzzer-beater, since the Cougars got a last second possession which resulted on an air ball from mid-court, Turner's shot was exactly what the Aggies needed to bounce back after their first loss of the season. The last time Texas A&M won on a buzzer-beater was on Feb. 24, 2009, when Josh Carter hit a 3-pointer to defeat Nebraska 57-55 in Lincoln.
MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS HOUSTON STANDOUT
The Texas A&M men's basketball program announced on Nov. 21 the signing of Tavario Miller, a highly-rated forward from Houston to a National Letter of Intent.
The 6-foot-8 forward is currently a senior at Houston's Wheatly High School where he is off to an outstanding start, averaging 36 points and 20 rebounds early in the year. Miller was honored as a second-team preseason all-city selection by the Houston Chronicle in addition to garnering all-district and all-region accolades last spring after a standout junior campaign.
As a junior a season ago, Miller averaged 14.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game to help lead WHS to a 26-10 record and a playoff appearance.
Miller is described by coaches and analysis as a tough and athletic forward who is a great rebounder and shot blocker.
Named a three-star recruit by both ESPN and Rivals.com, Miller was selected as the 18th best prospect in the state of Texas and the 43rd best power forward nationally by ESPN. He chose to sign with Texas A&M over South Carolina and Tulsa, among others.
AGGIE HOOPS INKS ATLANTA AREA FORWARD
The Texas A&M men's basketball program announced on Nov. 14 the signing of Davonte Fitzgerald, a highly-rated forward from the Atlanta, Ga., metro area to a National Letter of Intent.
The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks as a junior a season ago at Tucker High School in Tucker, Ga., while earning first team all-region honors. The long, athletic wing scorer is described as similar to former A&M standout Khris Middleton, who enjoyed a successful three-year career in Aggieland before being picked by the Detroit Pistons in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Fitzgerald helped lead Tucker High School to a 23-6 overall record a season ago as the Tigers claimed the Region 6A-AAAA Championship and reached the second round of the state tournament.
Rated as three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN, Fitzgerald choose A&M over Auburn, Central Florida, Charlotte, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, Santa Clara and South Florida, among others.
ESPN.com named Fitzgerald as the 10th best prospect in Georgia and the 32nd best forward nationally, while Scout.com projected him as the 44th prospect in the country at the position.