COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Fabyon Harris scored 17 points and combined with Elston Turner to go 7 of 11 on 3-pointers as Texas A&M eased past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66-54 on Tuesday night.
Harris was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers, and Turner, who scored 14 points, was 4 of 7 from behind the arc. The Aggies (8-2) never trailed, led 39-25 at halftime and didn't let up against their brethren from the A&M university system.
Will Nelson led the Islanders (1-7) with 17 points, but A&M-Corpus Christi lost its seventh consecutive game after opening the season with a 60-49 victory over Texas Lutheran. The Aggies, meanwhile, rebounded from a 65-54 loss to Oklahoma, a former Big 12 foe, Saturday in Oklahoma City.
While the Aggies shot 54 percent from the 3-point line - slightly better than their 53 percent overall shooting effort - the Islanders were just 2 of 18 from long range.
Texas A&M Men's Basketball
Texas A&M 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 54
Dec. 18, 2012 ● Reed Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● With the win, Texas A&M improved to 8-2 this season and a perfect 6-0 at Reed Arena.
● Additionally, A&M improved to 106-10 (.914) during non-conference games at Reed Arena.
● A&M-Corpus Christi fell to 1-7 on the year with a 0-6 road record.
● Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with the Islanders by the count of 3-1 and has won three consecutive games against A&M-Corpus Christi.
● The Aggies shot an impressive 52.9 percent in the game (27-of-51), marking the fourth time this season A&M has hit the 50 percent mark or better in field goal percentage.
● On the defensive end of the court, A&M held the Islanders to just 19-of-58 shooting for the game (.328) ... It was the fifth time the Aggies have held an opponent under 40 percent shooting this season and the third time they've pushed a foe below 35 percent.
● Texas A&M entered the contest leading the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage and again was lethal from long distance, making 7-of-13 shots from beyond the arc (.538).
● The Aggies never trailed in the contest.
● Texas A&M is 2-0 following a loss this season.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris led the Aggies in scoring for the second time this season, notching 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor with a 3-of-4 mark from beyond the 3-point arc.
● Senior forward Ray Turner narrowly missed his second double-double of the season, ending play with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds ... It marked the 27th double-digit point game of Turner's career.
● Senior guard Elston Turner scored 14 points against the Islanders to extend his streak of double-digit scoring games to 10 ... The Sacramento, Calif, native entered the game leading the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage and finished 4-of-7 from long distance.
● Sophomore guard Jordan Green missed the game due to illness but is expected back for Saturday's contest against Southern.
● The Aggies' freshman guard combo of Alex Caruso and J'Mychal Reese spearheaded the A&M attack, finishing with a game-high six assist apiece.
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 22-20 in his second season at Texas A&M and 233-199 in 15 years as a head coach.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Texas A&M led 39-25 after 20 minutes of play.
● The Aggies scored first and claimed eight of the game's first 10 points to build a lead they would never relinquish.
● A&M shot an impressive 53.3 percent (16-of-30) for the half... compared to just 38.5 percent (10-of-26) for the Islanders.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris led all scorers at the break with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-3 mark from beyond the 3-point arc.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● The Islanders outscored the Aggies 29-27 during the second half.
● A&M shot 11-of-21 (.524) after the intermission compared to 9-of-32 (.281) shooting for A&M-Corpus Christi.
● Harris again led the Aggies with seven points after halftime, while the Islanders' Will Nelson paced all scorers with 11 second half points.
● Texas A&M enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 56-30 on a Harris 3-pointer with 13:06 to play.
● The Aggies continue their five-game homestand on Saturday by hosting Southern at Reed Arena in a 3 p.m. contest ... the game will be televised on FSN.
● Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, meanwhile, returns home to the American Bank Center to host UTSA on Friday at 7 p.m.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 54
Dec. 18, 2012 ● Reed Arena
Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
"I thought we played a little more up tempo than we did against Oklahoma, especially in the first half and the first five minutes of the second half. Obviously, I'm thankful for the win, but we have to learn how to play the game the right way. We made some errant passes and forced some things offensively, and we can't do that. We have to get a little tougher. We wanted to play up-tempo and move the ball offensively and not have as many turnovers (as Saturday), and we did. I thought we did that for the most part until the last 10 minutes of the game. We got sloppy with the ball. We have to have more definition in transition and in running the floor and sharing the ball."
On 3-point success and the play of Fabyon Harris
"When Fabyon makes shots we're a much better team offensively. He and Elston go 7-for-11 from the 3-point line, when you do that you'll have opportunities to win. It was good to see Fabyon get back going offensively. I thought we moved the ball and made the extra pass, and he was able to catch and shoot. He wasn't having to make plays off the dribble."
On the team's play late in the game
"I told our guys we have to learn how to play the game the right way. Leaving your feet and making a pass behind your head, going around your back...those are just bad basketball plays that some of our young, inexperienced guys made. I think they thought the game was over with. To be a good basketball team you have to be able to make the simple plays when you're up big to maintain or extend the lead."
Texas A&M Senior Guard Elston Turner
On the night
"We worked on getting in the right spots to where we could be spaced and could create passes. Saturday (against Oklahoma) we were all bunched up, (our) spacing was horrible. It was a bad offensive outing. We had to correct some things. For the most part tonight we shared the ball and, up until the last six or seven minutes of the second half, we felt like we took care of the ball. We did have a lot of positives but there is still a lot of stuff to work on tonight."
On 3-point success
"We were moving the ball, setting screens. When you do that and make the defense work, it gets down to the shot clock running out, and the defense gets tired. My teammates did a good job of finding me and I also did a good job of hitting shots as well."
On bouncing back with a win
"For most part the OU loss is behind us. We did bad job of sharing ball on Saturday and that was emphasis in today's game. We did that for the most part. This win builds momentum. We said we need to get on streak before heading into SEC play. Every game is a momentum builder. We know what's at stake and every day we have to keep working hard."
Texas A&M Junior Guard Fabyon Harris
On his night
"Coach told me I might be coming off the bench, so I accepted that role, came in and did what I could do to help the team. It felt good. I was out there just playing and not thinking so hard. I just played hard instead."
On his success behind the arc
"Like Elston said, Coach said that if it's open, let it fly. So I wasn't thinking, I was just letting it fly. And it was going in."
A&M-Corpus Christi Head Coach Willis Wilson
"From our perspective, we have so many moments when we look like a really good basketball team, then we have moments where we look like we have never played the game before. It's frustrating for everyone--for the kids and for the coaches. What it does over time is you get a lot of mixed singles about what you need to do to move forward. We've made progress, but you can't win if you let A&M score on 7 of 9 possessions to start the game. That's to their credit. I think A&M has made a lot of progress from last year, there's a level of toughness and grit I see in them that I hope we can develop. We have a little ways to go but this is a good experience for our guys and a learning experience for our guys. We're just trying to discover ourselves."
On the team's effort
"We allowed our missed shots to affect our defensive effort. That's what happens to young teams. You miss a shot and you get down. The exact opposite has to be the case. You have to grind and play the scoreboard and battle to try and stay on pace. We had good looks. We have to make open shots. Right now we're putting so much pressure on our defense because we're not making open shots and we're not expecting them to be made. And that's got to change."