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Aggies Sink HBU in Non-Con Finale, 67-59

January 03, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Elston Turner scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half as Texas A&M pulled away from Houston Baptist for a 67-59 victory Thursday night.

Texas A&M (10-3) led by only three points with 3:45 remaining, but the Aggies scored 13 of the last 19 points.

Houston Baptist (4-10) had a 33-23 edge in rebounds, but the Huskies committed 23 turnovers that led to 24 points for the Aggies.

Senior forward Ray Turner made 7 of 11 shots and scored 14 points for Texas A&M, while Fabyon Harris added 12.

Caleb Crayton led Houston Baptist with 13 points.

The Aggies did not trail in the second half, but HBU pulled within 49-47 on a 3-pointer by Marcel Smith with 6:18 remaining. Turner answered with a 3-pointer and made two free throws as Texas A&M pulled away.



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Postgame Notes

Texas A&M 67, Houston Baptist 59

Jan. 3, 2013  Reed Arena


● With the win, Texas A&M improved to 10-3 this season with an 8-1 mark at Reed Arena.

● Additionally, A&M improved to 108-11 (.908) during non-conference games at Reed Arena.

● Houston Baptist fell to 4-10 on the year with a 0-6 road record.

● Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with the Huskies by the count of 9-0.


● The Aggies forced a season-high 23 turnovers leading to a 24-4 points off turnovers advantage in their favor ... A&M also collected a season-best 11 steals in the contest, led by Elston Turner, who had four, and Alex Caruso, who notched three.

● Texas A&M shot 48 percent from the floor by converting 24-of-50 shot attempts ... the Huskies, meanwhile, made 13-of-24 shot attempts to end play with a 48.9 percent shooting mark.

● HBU held a 33-23 edge in the rebounding column, including 10 on the offensive glass which led to 16 second chance points.

● A&M made 17-of-22 free throw attempts in the contest (77.3 percent).

● On the defensive end, A&M held its opponent under 60 points for the fourth straight contest and the ninth overall time this season.

● The Aggies are 9-0 this season when leading at the half.


● Senior guard Elston Turner led the Aggies in scoring with 17 points on the night, marking the 19th time in the last two seasons he's stoodout as A&M's high-point man.

● Turner also extend his streak of double-digit scoring games to 13 ... The Sacramento, Calif, native leads the Aggies in scoring this season with a 15.5 point per game average.

● Senior forward Ray Turner finished with 14 points to enjoy his 11th double-digit scoring game of the season ... Turner also pulled down a team-best seven boards to pace the Aggies in rebounds for the 18thtime in his career.

● A trio of Aggies each racked up a team-leading three assists as Jordan, Green, J'Mychal Reese and Elston Turner each dished out three helpers.

● Junior guard Blake McDonald played a personal-best five minutes, notching an assist during his first offensive possession on the floor.

● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 24-21 in his second season at Texas A&M and 235-200 in 15 years as a head coach.


● Texas A&M led 32-30 after 20 minutes of play.

● The Aggies used a 13-2 run to take their biggest lead of the half at 24-16 with 6:37 to play in the period.

● A&M was just 1-of-5 from 3-point range in the period.

● The Aggies shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) for the half... compared to 54.2 percent (13-of-24) for the Huskies.

● Fabyon Harris and Ray Turner shared top-point honors in the first half, with 10 points apiece.


● The Aggies outscored the Huskies 35-29 during the second half.

● Both teams shot an identical 10-of-23 from the floor (.435) during the second half ... The Aggies, however, made 14-of-19 second half free throw attempts in the period compared to just 5-of-8 from the foul line for HBU.

● A&M's biggest lead of the night came with 31 seconds to play when they held a 66-56 advantage.

● Elston Turner led the Aggies with 11 points after halftime, while HBU's Art Bernardi notched nine.


● The five-game homestand for the Aggies concludes on Jan. 9 when they host Arkansas to begin their inaugural season of SEC play ... The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

● HBU will return to Houston to host UT-Pan American on Jan. 8

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Postgame Quotes

Texas A&M 67, Houston Baptist 59

Jan. 3, 2013  Reed Arena

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening statement:

"Obviously, we've got to get better in a hurry. Our inability to rebound the ball and our lack of athleticism continues to give us problems. I thought Houston Baptist took good shots and fought hard but we've got to be more efficient on both ends of the court. I thought we had open layups and shots that we didn't make."

On Ray Turner's performance

"He finished with 14 points on 11 (shot) opportunities. They started doubling the post and we turned it over. We've got to be more consistent in getting him the ball. He's got to be more efficient at the free throw line."

On the turnovers

"I thought we gambled some in the second half. We've got to rebound the ball. We gave up 16 second chance points because HBU had too many offensive rebounds. That can't happen in a game like this."

On what the team needs to do to improve

"I know where our weaknesses are, I'm not totally shocked. We've got to get more efficiency from our guys. We've got to be more productive when we get a chance to play. We haven't played well in a while but I think we're playing hard. We're trying. We're just not being productive enough."

On preparing for SEC play

"We better turn it up real quick because Arkansas athleticism is better than anybody that we've seen all year. They're athletic. The level of competition is going up fast."

On rebounding

"We haven't rebounded well all year. Some of it is ability. Some of it is effort. Our coaches thought our guys were a little fatigued. We just don't get to some balls or make a second effort. Everybody has to give a maximum effort to give ourselves a chance to rebound."

On playing better down the stretch

"We were able to score off defense and get our post touches a couple times. That was big. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing. Guys have to play with a little more confidence. If you're not scoring or missing shots sometimes it can get hard on the defensive end possession after possession when you're not getting anything on the other end. We've got to be able to fight through that. I thought we took good shots. J-Mych took some good shots in the paint. Elston took some good shots. We just didn't make them."


Texas A&M Guard Jordan Green

On turning it up defensively at the end of the game

"That's where we found our identity on defense. We didn't do a great job of guarding over the course of the game but in the crucial minutes we were able to turn it up and get some steals."

On improving

"It starts in practice. Consistently going against each other in practice and carrying it over to the game. We did a good job in the second half but we've got to play better in the first half and show that same intensity."

On starting SEC play

"We're happy to be playing quality competition. Not that the preseason wasn't quality but you usually play better in conference. We're looking forward to it. We need to be able to turn it up for 40 minutes."

Texas A&M Forward Ray Turner

On the advantage inside the paint

"They were undersized in the post and coach wanted us to attack early. He depended on me to do that. I seized that opportunity and did what I was supposed to do."

On the slow start to the game

"Basically, we knew that we weren't playing our best defensively. At halftime they were shooting over 50 percent. That's not what teams should be shooting against us. We knew if we wanted to win that game we'd have to turn it up right then."

On starting SEC play

"I'm excited. It's a new beginning, a new era to be made. I'm ready. We're not going to underestimate anybody because anybody can be beaten on any given night. We're going to get ready for Arkansas and go from there."

Houston Baptist Head Coach Ron Cottrell

On the turnovers

"That was the difference in the game. We turned the ball over too much. Their guards gave us fits tonight. We just couldn't get enough shots. I thought we shot the ball really well tonight. 48 percent for us is a pretty high number. When you turn the ball over 23 times, you don't get enough attempts at the basket. They did a great job of getting hands in the passing lanes and getting some turnovers. There are several reasons for our turnover struggles. We were playing shorthanded."

On rebounding

"We were really worried about their big guys. We started trapping them because they were just burying us under the basket on the defensive end. When the ball did go up, we did a good job of fighting, scratching and clawing. Anytime you have 23 turnovers you have to offset it somewhere. We out-rebounded them by ten. If we cut our turnovers down to 15 or 16 we're in a good position to win the game."


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