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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Elston Turner scored 40 points for Texas A&M, and the Aggies topped Kentucky on the road Saturday, 83-71, for their first road conference win as members of the Southeastern Conference.
The loss was the first home conference loss in John Calipari's tenure as Kentucky's coach. Kentucky had won 24 straight home SEC games before Saturday.
Texas A&M (12-3, 2-0) held an advantage as large as nine points early in the second half, but the Wildcats took a lead with a 12-2 run, a lead they stretched to four points.
With the game tied at 63 with 4:04 to play, Aggies guard Fabyon Harris hit a jumper to help send them on a string of 11 unanswered points to close out the game. Harris scored nine points in that stretch for the Aggies and finished with 14.
Turner, a 6-foot-5 senior whose previous career high was 26, had 25 points at halftime for the Aggies. He was 10 of 13 from the field in the first half, including a perfect 7 of 7 from inside the 3-point line. Turner was considerably cooler for most of the second half, but he came alive in the game's final 7 minutes.
He hit a pair of 3-pointers to stop Kentucky runs, the second of which closed a four-point Kentucky lead - the Wildcats' largest lead of the game - and ended the Wildcats' last run of the game.
Nerlens Noel finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and four steals for the Wildcats. It's the third time this season Noel has had seven blocks in a game.
Archie Goodwin led the Wildcats with 17 points.
Texas A&M Men's Basketball
Texas A&M 83, Kentucky 71
Jan. 12, 2013 ● Rupp Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● With the win, Texas A&M improved to 11-3 this season and 2-0 in SEC play.
● The all-time series is now tied, 2-2 ... the Aggies have won the last two meetings with the Wildcats in Rupp including a 73-69 win on Dec. 22, 1978 ... both wins have come while UK was the defending national champions.
● Texas A&M became the first team to hand John Calipari a home conference loss at Kentucky ... the Wildcats saw their 24-game home SEC win streak snapped.
● Texas A&M trailed 62-58 with 6:12 to play ... over the remainder of the game, the Aggies went on a 25-9 run to close out the Wildcats.
● The Aggies did a great job protecting the ball, turning the ball over just 10 times while dishing out 15 assists.
● Texas A&M shot 53 percent from the floor by converting 31-of-59 shot attempts ... the Wildcats, meanwhile, made 24-of-56 shot attempts to end play with a 42.9 percent shooting mark.
● A&M won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding UK 35-30.
● A&M made 12-of-18 free throw attempts in the contest (66.7 percent).
● The Aggies are 11-0 this season when leading at the half.
● The 83 points was the most for the Aggies in a conference game since a 91-89 overtime victory over Missouri on Jan. 15, 2011 ... It was also the most points in a road conference game since 86 in an overtime loss at Texas in 2007.
● A&M is now 5-2 all time in games played at Rupp Arena. The Aggies last visited Lexington for the 2007 NCAA Tournament, knocking off Penn and Louisville en route to the Sweet 16 ... prior to that it was the 1986 Kentucky Invitational, falling to Boston University, 65-63, in the first round then bouncing back to clip Iona, 67-60, in the consolation game. A&M upset No. 11-ranked Kentucky, 73-69, in the first round of the 1978 Kentucky Invitational then fell to Illinois, 71-57, in the title game.
● Senior guard Elston Turner posted the first 40-point game by an Aggie since 1985 (28 years) ... it was the 10th 40-point game in program history ... the last came from Don Marbury (41 at Baylor, Jan. 5, 1985).
40-POINT GAMES, TEXAS A&M HISTORY (10)
53 Bennie Lenox vs Wyoming (1963)
44 John Beasley at Arkansas (1966)
43 John Beasley at Baylor (1965)
43 John Beasley at Baylor (1966)
42 Randy Knowles vs Arkansas (1973)
41 Don Marbury at Baylor (1985)
40 Elston Turner at Kentucky (2013)
40 John Beasley vs TCU (1966)
40 John Beasley vs Texas (1965)
● Turner led the Aggies in scoring with his career-high 40, marking the 20th time in the last two seasons he's stood out as A&M's high-point man.
● Turner also extend his streak of double-digit scoring games to 15 ... The Sacramento, Calif, native leads the Aggies in scoring this season with a 17.1 point per game average.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris scored 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting ... it was the fifth time in the last six games the Chicago native has hit double figures in points.
● Turner and sophomore Jordan Green paced A&M with four assists apiece.
● Junior Kourtney Roberson finished the day with 10 points and nine boards, one rebound shy of his second straight double-double.
● Senior Jarod Jahns played a career-high 30 minutes in the win.
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 26-21 in his second season at Texas A&M and 237-200 in 15 years as a head coach.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Texas A&M led 36-31 after 20 minutes of play
● Elston Turner scored 25 first half points, trying his career-best before intermission ... During the first Turner was 10-of-13 from the floor, including a 3-of-6 mark from 3-point range.
● The Aggies shot 46.7 percent (14-of-30) for the half... compared to 44 percent (11-of-25) for theWildcats.
● Texas owned a 17-13 advantage in the rebounding column.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● The Aggies outscored the Wildcats 47-40 during the second half, including a decisive 25-9 run to end the game.
● A&M was an impressive 58.6 percent from the floor in the half (17-of-29), with 22 of 47 points coming in the paint.
● The Aggies were 5-of-7 from behind the arc in the second half.
● Elston Turner led the Aggies with 15 points after halftime, while UK's Nerlens Noel led Kentucky with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 second-half blocks.
● The Aggie return to College Station to host No. 9 Florida on Thursday ... The game will be televised by ESPN2.
● Kentucky will host Tennessee on Tuesday inside Rupp Arena.
HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY
"I was really proud of our guys. Defensively we competed. This is a special place, it's hard to win here. I'm really proud of the fight our team showed today."
On Elston's night: "40 points is an incredible performance, one of the best I've ever been a part of. I thought our guys got him the ball and he got good looks. Kentucky is young and you can see it, fortunately we were able to take advantage of that."
On a response to Kentucky's second-half run: "I thought we started going inside. Ray Turner was in foul trouble the first half. We got some momentum in getting some other guys going. Fabyon (Harris) was giving us good minutes. We got some scoring from other people. Elston had 25 in the first half and played darn near the whole game. We needed other guys to step up and they did and I thought that was critical. Jarod Jahns is a walk-on and his effort was tremendous. Loose balls, defensive rebounds...it was a great team win."
G ELSTON TURNER
on his day: "I was shooting at shootaround today and I could feel it. I kind of like the rims and I got a good feel for the basketballs. I thank God for this. This is something I've wanted for my whole life. It was a great team win. I was just going with the flow. I didn't really pay attention to who was guarding me and what they were trying to do. I was really just trying to get our team going. We had confidence that we could beat this team. My teammates did a great job looking for me and obviously I was able to hit shots."
Do you recall a better performance in your career? "No. I can't recall. Maybe sometime in high school. By far this is the best performance I've ever had. This is definitely one of the games I'll remember for the rest of my life."
When the move to the SEC was made was this a game the team looked forward to? "Yeah, from our team standpoint we were up at 6 a.m. this summer running in 110-degree weather, and our coaches always emphasized this is what will get us to the top. It will be tough going to Rupp Arena, to Florida, to Tennessee and all the other schools. We just kind of emphasized that in order to win we'd have to grind through the offseason. We've been together since May or June and our team chemistry is great now."
On not scoring in the first part of the second half... "We knew they'd come out aggressive at the beginning of the second half. I was just trying to get my teammates involved, running our motion offense, getting easy layups and making the extra pass. I knew my teammates would start looking for me. I had no problem with it. We were up most of the game. It was no problem at all."
G FABYON HARRIS
on Elston's performance: "I just stepped back and watched the show for a little bit like everyone else did. I'm used to seeing Elston do that in practice and he just showed what he can do tonight."
Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari
COACH CALIPARI: Well, in the NBA coaching, obviously there's a couple guys that would do that to you, but in college, that was like phenomenal.
I think it was 63-59 with about 4:00 something to go, and it was a situation that I talked to the team yesterday about, gut time, stop the runs, stop the bleeding.
And they were listening to what I was saying, but I don't think they heard me, what you do defensively, what you do offensively, because we had Maryland do it to us; we had Duke do it to us; we had Vanderbilt the other night do it to us. We had other teams and this team went on a 16-1 run, and you're not winning that way and it's both on defense and offense.
But I will tell you that that performance was -- that's as good as it gets, the way he shot the ball.
Q. Talk about Nerlens Noel.
COACH CALIPARI: I thought he was outstanding. Nerlens played well. You know, what happened, again, when you're in that game and it's four minutes to go and it's crunch time, it's gut time, you don't take chances.
So we took a chance on their guard, left our feet, drove in, made a basket. We took a chance on (Elston) Turner who went behind a screen and we tried to flick it from him instead of just guard him. We took a chance on their post player, Alex (Poythress) got switched on him, instead of just guarding him he tried to steal. That's six points. That's six, and there was one other, which was eight of their 16.
So even if it were an 8-1 run, now it ends up being a three-point game with a minute to go, you've got a chance. And we just don't have the discipline as a team yet because we're so young. But Nerlens was good, and I thought Willie (Cauley-Stein) worked, but they were physical with Willie. He didn't get to the basket like he had. And they were talking about it. There was a lot of talking going on out there.
Q. Elston Turner said he could tell the youth of the team with the body language, when one team goes on a run, and he felt they were able to take advantage of that. Can you speak to that a little bit?
COACH CALIPARI: Probably. He's probably right. But there's probably only one or two guys he's talking about. You have one or two guys that are right in his area that he's looking at, I don't think it was a whole team, but again, this is a young team. He's trying to learn.
We were lucky to win on the road. Every game we play in this league is going to be a hard game for us, every single one.
#3, Nerlens Noel, F
On Elson Turner's
shooting throughout the game...
"I haven't seen anyone shoot like that. He is a great player. We should have done a better job as players to close out on him and force the drive."
On his feelings about how
he played and the outcome of the game...
"I just tried to play hard tonight and give us the best chance of winning. We came up short but us, as players, have to take responsibility. Coach Cal has done a lot for us but I think its time for us as players to come around and start clicking."
On his energy throughout
the game and his emerging leadership...
"I'm really just trying to get everybody in it and try to get our intensity up."
On what happened in the
last four minutes of the game...
"A couple of mental break downs for myself. We broke down defensively because they went through screens and made big shots."
#12, Ryan Harrow, G
On Elston Turner's
"That was crazy what he was doing out there. I have never played against something like that before."
On the performance of the
"We had some discipline lapses and when it got down to gut-check time we just didn't step up all the way."
On the conversation about
how to stop Elston Turner...
"We had talked about him for a couple of days now and Coach (Cal) was telling us if he was driving right that means he was going to pull up, if he's going left it is going to be a step-back, and if he is facing up you know he is trying to do a crossover, but he is never going to go to the hole. He was just knocking down shots today and I don't believe he went to the hole once so, we didn't do what we were supposed to do on him."
#10, Archie Goodwin, G
On Elston Turner's
"We just tried to contain and make him take tough shots. He was just on, got going early and we tried all we could do. In the second half, we shut him down a little bit but it still wasn't enough for us to get a win."
On losing the lead...
" Very frustrating knowing we had the lead with four minutes to go. We just have to continue to work on game time situations like that. These are the ones that we can't lose."
On Nerlens Noel performance...
"Noel played very good. It was the only reason we stayed in the game, with his effort on defense and offense. Guys couldn't hold him in the post and we should've done a better job of giving him the ball more than we did. He should've been the focal point of our offense tonight. On defense, he gave us his all as well and we really depended on him. He really stepped up for us."