TO 88-55 WIN
OVER GOLDEN LIONS
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COLLEGE STATION (AP)--Texas A&M continued its romp through nonconference play with an 88-55 whipping of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night.
The Aggies, 6-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, once again offered up a balanced offensive attack, led by junior-college transfer Jamal Jones' 18 points, and three other Aggies scored in double digits.
A&M has steadily improved from long range over its first six games, and against UAPB shot a season-best 9 of 15 (60 percent) from the 3-point line. Jones led the way from long range by making 5 of 7 3-pointers. The Aggies started fast, built a 44-29 lead at halftime and were never threatened.
Tevin Hammond led the Golden Lions with 15 points, and Daniel Broughton followed with 12.
A&M forced 18 turnovers, including a game-high five by Hammond, although the Aggies had trouble of their own on that front by committing 15.
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
- Tuesday’s 88-55 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Reed Arena saw Texas A&M remain perfect on the year at 6-0 … It stands as A&M’s best start to a season since the 2007-08 squad began the year with seven straight victories.
- The Aggies now lead the all-time series with the Golden Lions by a margin of 4-0.
- Additionally, Texas A&M improved to 114-11 (.912) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena.
- As a team the Aggies shot 59.6 percent against UAPB, producing their second-best shooting night this season behind a 60.3% shooting performance against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 11.
- The Aggies also enjoyed their best success of the season from 3-point range, where they made 9-of-15 shots (60%).
- UAPB, meanwhile, was held to a season-low 55 points in the loss.
- The Aggies’ depth was on display as the A&M bench outscored its counterparts 52-12.
- A&M also displayed impressive ball movement in the contest by registering a season-high 19 assists on 28 made field goals.
- The Aggies blocked 10 shots to notch their second game with double-digit blocks this year … Last season, A&M ranked last in the SEC by averaging 3.0 blocked shots per game but this season it has already shown great improvement, averaging 7.2 per contest.
- Texas A&M used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Jordan Green, Kourtney Roberson, Antwan Space and Shawn Smith for the sixth time this season.
- The Aggies owned a 44-29 advantage at halftime.
- Junior guard Jamal Jones enjoyed his best night as an Aggie, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting including a 5-of-7 mark from beyond the 3-point arc … On the defensive end, Jones contributed three blocks and a steal.
- Senior guard Fabyon Harris tied his career best with four assists in the contest, while committing no turnovers … The Chicago native also added 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 ledger from the free throw line.
- Joining Jones and Harris in double-digit scoring were Jordan Green (11) and Kourtney Roberson (11).
- A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 38-33 in his third season at Texas A&M and 249-212 in 16 years as a head coach.
- The Aggies hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Corpus Christi for the 2013 Corpus Christi Challenge … The Aggies will face Missouri State at 9 p.m. on Friday before returning to the court Saturday to play either SMU or Virginia … Both games will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff, meanwhile, will also travel to Corpus Christi to face Sam Houston State on Friday.
TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY
“Obviously, it was good to see some shots go down. I thought Jamal played well, Fabyon got us going at the beginning, and Jordan did well attacking the basket. There was good balance on the perimeter for us, and I knew we were capable of making shots. I’m happy for our guys because obviously a lot has been said about our inability to knock down shots, so that was a big key for us.”
On working with Jamal Jones:
“Fundamentally, we broke his shot down and he bought into it, worked at it, and got his confidence back up. He’s a really good shooter, that’s what we recruited him for, so it was good to see him make shots. I think he took good shots tonight, too. The experience from the last few games has really helped him.”
On the bench points:
“We had 26 bench points at half. We’re deeper this year, so we should score more points off of the bench like that. The thing I was most pleased with was our togetherness. We’ve learned a lot from these past few games about being up and not letting your game get sloppy in the second half. They stuck to the game-plan and held their opponent to under 58 points which was one of our goals. They stuck with that the whole game.”
On Fabyon Harris:
“He had a really great game. Offensively, he’s playing much better than he did last year. He put up great numbers for the minutes he’s played. He had a really great game.”
TEXAS A&M JUNIOR GUARD JAMAL JONES
Confidence on the 3-pointers:
“My confidence is finally coming along. I worked with Coach Kennedy a lot this week and I think that helped me get it going. We worked on a couple of things mechanically, mainly fixing the ‘tilt’ that coach said I have with my head when I pull up for a shot that makes me come up short. We fixed that and my confidence just boosted. I think now I’m taking shots that I believe I can make instead of just shooting because I’m open. Having a team that believes in me really helps as well.”
On playing against the zone defense:
“Teams aren’t going to stop playing zone against us. Because we have so many scorers, they can’t go man-to-man. Once they figure out that we’re making perimeter shots, it’s just going to be tough to guard us.”
TEXAS A&M JUNIOR GUARD JORDAN GREEN
On transition of team performance:
“With any team, it takes time. It takes some time to figure out how we play in game situations. Practice is very different from games. When we get on the court and we have five guys on the court with subs, Coach is getting used to the rotation. He can see who can play with whom and who can’t. Top to bottom, we are all figuring out ourselves. I think we are finally getting to know each other a little better on the court. Also, we all have confidence in each other. We all believe in each other.”
On ability of his teammates:
“We are all expecting to go off. When you have an attack mentality from somebody like Kyle Dobbins out there attacking, all the way to Kourtney Roberson and Alex Caruso, I think that is really good. We are all thinking about attacking out there. I think we are really balanced. We will all be able to score. It’s going to give matchup problems to some teams because they are not going to know who to stop. They stop one player but there are still four guys out there who can attack. I think it is a mindset thing. We all believe in each other.”
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF HEAD COACH GEORGE IVORY
“I thought the game was very exciting but you look at a team like Texas A&M and they are very big and very athletic. That seems to give us a problem going into the course of the year, with those kind of big athletes that can run the floor and move well across the basket. I think they have a pretty good basketball team. They play very hard and I can’t say enough about the athleticism.”