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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M's Elston Turner knew something had to change after making just seven of 27 shots in his last two games combined.
So he stayed after each practice this week, remaining at the gym until he made at least 100, and sometimes as many as 150, extra shots a day.
Turner's hard work was evident Wednesday night, when he had 37 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to give Texas A&M a 69-67 win over Ole Miss.
"It's been the last couple of games that I haven't really been comfortable," Turner said. "So I spent more time just fine-tuning shots. I felt like I was uncomfortable, and that only happens when you're not shooting enough in the gym. So I just made an effort to stay in the gym ... and it's starting to pay off."
Derrick Millinghaus made a free throw before the Rebels got the ball back after a shot-clock violation. Millinghaus hit a layup with 44 seconds left to cut A&M's lead to 67-65.
Turner then hit a jump shot from the corner with 16 seconds left to extend the lead.
Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy was disappointed with his team's defense on Turner after the Rebels prepared for him all week.
"We talked for two days about we can't give him space because he'll go to his right hand if you give him space," Kennedy said. "We let him get going early and he played well and made a hard shot at the end."
It was the most points for Turner since he scored a career-best 40 in a win at Kentucky last month. He set a record for most points at Reed Arena, outdoing the 36 Baylor's Curtis Jerrells scored in a five-overtime win against A&M in 2008.
Millinghaus made two more free throws with 10 seconds remaining, and the Rebels had to foul three consecutive times to get into the bonus. Star Marshall Henderson fouled out on the last foul in that span.
Turner missed his free throw with 5 seconds left, but Millinghaus, a freshman, missed a shot at the buzzer to give A&M (15-9, 5-6 SEC) the win.
"Derrick didn't get the cleanest of looks, but he was the one that really kept us within striking range," Kennedy said of Millinghaus.
Mississippi (18-6, 7-4) has dropped four of its last five games after opening SEC play 6-0.
Texas A&M held Henderson, who entered the game leading the SEC in scoring with 19.9 points a game, to 10 points. Millinghaus and Reginald Buckner scored 13 points each for Mississippi. Eight of the points by Millinghaus came in the last 4 minutes, and Buckner had 15 rebounds.
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy raved about Turner's offensive performance, but he was just as impressed by his defense on Henderson.
"Defensively he did a good job, and Alex (Caruso) did a really good job on Marshall Henderson," he said. "I thought that was critical. Our team was really locked in. We had guys who wanted to guard him."
It was the fewest points for Henderson since he scored a season-low nine Nov. 20 against McNeese State.
"We tried run him off some baseline screening actions, and Marshall's got to make hard shots," Andy Kennedy said. "I didn't think his decision-making was the best. He had some driving opportunities, tried to force some shots and we were really off-kilter."
This was only the second meeting between these new conference foes, and the first since an A&M win on Dec. 30, 1972. The Rebels were playing in Texas for the first time since a trip to the NCAA round of 16 in San Antonio in 2001.
Turner bounced back from a terrible shooting performance in Saturday's loss at Georgia, when he was just 2 of 14 from the floor. But he didn't realize what a great game he was having until later.
"I just looked up and saw that I had that many points," he said. "In a close game like that, until it's over and the team wins, I don't pay attention to how many points I have."
Turner's father, Elston Sr., might have had mixed feelings going into the game. He played on the 1980-81 Mississippi team that made the school's first appearance in the NCAA tournament, then moved on to an eight-season NBA career.
Fabyon Harris added 13 points and had three steals for Texas A&M.
A 3-point play by Millinghaus got Mississippi within three points with just under 4 minutes left, but a layup by Kourtney Roberson pushed the lead to 67-62 a few seconds later. Mississippi had cut the lead to four points with a layup by Nick Williams before Harris scored four quick points to make it 65-57 with less than 6 minutes remaining.
Texas A&M trailed by one point before using a 6-2 run, with two 3-pointers by Turner in less than a minute, to take a 59-54 lead midway through the second half.
Mississippi led 38-35 at halftime, but Turner opened the second-half with a 3-pointer to tie it. The Aggies were down by two points a few minutes later after a dunk by Buckner before scoring five straight points to take a 49-46 lead, and they didn't trail again.
Texas A&M Men's Basketball
Texas A&M 69, Ole Miss 67
Feb. 13, 2013 ● Reed Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● With the win, Texas A&M improved to 15-9 on the season with a 5-6 mark in SEC play.
● Ole Miss, meanwhile, dropped to 18-6 on the year with a 7-4 mark in league action.
● The all-time series between the schools now stands at 2-0 in favor of the Aggies.
● Texas A&M held a 38-33 advantage in the rebounding column and shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) for the game.
● The Rebels made 24-of-53 field goals during the contest to finish with a 45.3 team shooting percentage.
● Senior guard Elston Turner set a new Reed Arena scoring record (men's games only) with 37 points on 13-of-20 shooting ... The previous record for points in a game at Reed Arena was 36 by Curtis Jerrells of Baylor during a five-overtime game on Jan. 23, 2008.
● The 37 points was the second most in Turner's career, behind only a 40-point outburst on Jan. 12 at Kentucky.
● Turner also made a career-best seven 3-point baskets (7-for-10) in the contest, falling just one short of the school record for 3-pointers in a game.
● Senior forward Ray Turner pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds in the contest and finished just two point shy of his seventh career double-double.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris notched 13 points to reach double-digits in scoring for the 12th time in the last 15 games.
● Freshman guard Alex Caruso dished out a game-high six assists, just one below his career high.
● Ole Miss junior guard Marshall Henderson, who entered play as the SEC's leading scorer at 19.9 points per game, was held to 10 points Wednesday ... The output stood just one above his season low of nine points against McNeese State on Nov. 20.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Ole Miss led 38-35 after 20 minutes of play.
● Texas A&M shot 59.1 percent during the half (13-of-22) and were led by Elston Turner's 22 first half points ... Turner went a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor during the period, including a 4-for-4 mark from beyond the 3-point line.
● Ole Miss shot 13-for-27 during the period (48.1 percent).
SECOND HALF NOTES
● The Aggies held a 34-29 edge in second half scoring, led by Elston Turner's 15 points.
● A&M shot 37.8 percent during the period (14-of-37), compared to 42.3 percent for the Rebels (11-of-26).
● The Aggies hit the road for Nashville, Tenn., this weekend where they will face Vanderbilt in a 5:30 p.m. (CT) match-up on Saturday ... The game will be televised by FSN.
● Ole Miss, meanwhile, will return to Oxford, Miss., to host Georgia on Saturday.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 69, Ole Miss 67
Feb. 13, 2013 ● Reed Arena
Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
"Elston (Turner) had a phenomenal performance in the first half as well as the second half. He made some big shots and we were able to ride him for the win. Defensively, he did a good job and our team did a really good job on Marshall Henderson. I thought that was critical."
On guarding Marshall Henderson:
"We started Alex (Caruso) out on him because we didn't want to wear Elston down. I thought that Alex set the tone. We were really up on him but he hit a couple of 3's in the first half. He got loose one good time and got a good shot. Our team was really locked in because we had guys who wanted to guard him. When Alex got in foul trouble, Elston did a really good job."
On Elston practicing coming into this game:
"He's been getting in some more shooting practice, but we have made all our guys come in after our the Georgia experience and try to seize the moment of trying to get better offensively by getting in there and working on shooting the ball. The guys have bought into it and it paid off for Elston for sure."
On Ole Miss:
"I thought they actually tried to attack us inside, too, because that is where our weakness is. They did a good job of getting the ball inside and that's what kept them in the game. Some of that was I thought we did a good job but their attack was a little bit different than they've had before. Their press gave us some problems at times but we were able to score at the end of the press. They played a lot of zone. That's a little bit different than what we usually see. Our post guys, Ray (Turner) and Kourtney (Roberson), as well as our guards Alex (Caruso) and Faybon (Harris) went to the offensive glass at the beginning of the second half. I thought that was a big part of us winning the game. We attacked the glass the first five minutes. I was proud of Ray Turner and the job that he and Kourtney both did getting on the glass in the second half.
On keys to winning against Vanderbilt:
"We are going to try to put two wins together. We haven't done that in a while. It will be difficult playing at Vanderbilt. We have to be consistent offensively on the road, I think that's a big thing. Our defense has been solid most of the year. We rebounded the ball against a good rebounding team today. We've got to get more consistent offensively. We can play better. I don't know if Elston can get 37-40 points every game but we have some guys who can play a lot better than they have been playing. There are three or four guys who I told, 'You've got confidence. You have to find it and play that way.' We need to get more support from some other guys."
On Ray Turner's performance:
"He really went to the offensive glass. I told him at halftime, 'You are so much better than you are playing. You are capable of giving us more. You need to take the power-shots, not jumpshots.' To his credit, he went inside and every shot that he took was five feet or closer to the basket. That was a big difference."
Texas A&M Senior Guard Elston Turner
On improving his shooting:
"I've been in a shooting slump the past couple of games. This past week I stayed longer in the gym, before and after practice and it finally paid off. My teammates did a great job of looking for me. We pushed the pace a little bit in this game. It was a fun game to play."
On his performance:
"It was kind of like the Kentucky game where I just looked up and didn't realize how many points I had. When you're in a close game like that, you don't really pay attention to it until it's over and your team wins."
On making the late field-goal to set the record:
"I told Jared (Jahns) to come screen for me because I had the angle. I knew I had to get the shot off quickly. We didn't want them to come down the court only being down two. I knew I had to make that shot."
On setting the Reed Arena record for points scored in a game:
"I had no idea, that's something special. I had no idea what the most points were. I give my teammates a lot of credit."
On limiting Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson
"We wanted to make it as tough as possible. He's going to get shots up. You can't stop him from shooting the ball. He's going to shoot because he's a great shooter. All he needs is one open look and it's going in. I feel like we did a pretty good job of guarding him."
On the team's confidence level:
"We have a lot of confidence. We've played hard the last four or five games and we're starting to hit shots now. The whole thing is just playing hard and playing together."
On beating good teams:
"Our goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament. You can't do that without beating good teams and beating teams that are for sure going to the tournament. We're playing a tough stretch right now; we're going to be on the road a lot. We just have to beat the teams that we're playing that night."
On the team defense during the last seconds:
"We wanted to play behind them and make sure that they didn't get a good look at the basket. We switched everything to make sure they didn't get any 3's. It helped that Henderson fouled out so we didn't have to worry about him. We played good defense and that's been our calling card. We're going to play good defense. To end it with a defensive stop like that is who we are."
Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy
On planning for Elston Turner:
"We tried to slow down Elston, but it was not enough. We talked for two days about how you can't give him space. He is going to go to his right hand. We gave him space and he got away early."
On game plan:
"We tried to run off some baseline screening actions. Marshall's (Henderson) got to make some hard shots. I don't think his decision making was the best. He had some driving opportunities and trying to force some shots. We were off-kilter. It was kind of a grind 'em up game. The difference was when they dominated the glass. They went on a run in the second half where they ended up missing some shots. After going 59% in the first half they finally missed some shots but were able to get some big rebounds. They stayed in the game when they weren't scoring."