COLLEGE STATION--Elston Turner scored a career-high 26 points to lead Texas A&M to an 83-65 win over Troy Monday night in the CBE Classic.
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Reed Arena • College Station
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| Stats at a Glance
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||E Turner, 26
||E Turner, 3
Ray Turner and Fabyon Harris each added 14 points and Alex Caruso chipped in 13 in the winning effort. Hunter Williams led Troy (1-1) with 15 points, and Ray Chambers followed with 10.
The Aggies (2-0), who leaped to a 45-29 halftime lead, shot 52.7 percent from the field compared to Troy's 43.6 percent. Elston Turner, the Aggies' leading scorer last season with 13.9 points per game, made 9 of 14 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers in seven attempts.
A&M was particularly effective from the free-throw line, making 18 of 20. The Aggies also had 21 assists to only eight turnovers in a crisp early-season effort. Freshman J'Mychal Reese tallied a game-high six assists.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 83, Troy 65
Nov. 12, 2012 ● Reed Arena
RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M improved to 2-0 on the
season while Troy fell to 1-1.
● Monday's game marked the first meeting
between the two schools on the hardwood.
● The game was the Aggies' second contest
of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic ... A&M will travel to Kansas
City's Sprint Center next week to participate in the CBE semifinals ... while in
KC, the Aggies will face Saint Louis on Nov. 19 before taking on either Kansas
or Washington State the next day.
● The Aggies displayed great ball movement
in Monday's contest, racking up an impressive 21 assists on 29 made field
● Texas A&M was also consistently good
from the free throw line, making 18-of-20 shots ... Forwards Kourtney Roberson
and Ray Turner each went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
● On the glass, the Aggies were on the
positive side of a 35-22 rebounding margin.
● A&M remained hot from the floor for
the duration of the game, shooting 52.7 percent (29-of-55) as a team.
● The Trojans attempted 32 3-pointers on
the night, making 13 of the efforts.
● Elston Turner set his career-high with
26 points in the win ... the effort topped his previous best, a 24-point output
at Kansas on Jan. 23 of last season.
was the ninth career
20-point game for Turner, who finished 9-of-14 shooting on the night with a
4-of-7 mark from beyond the 3-point arc.
● Three other Aggies joined Elston in
double figure scoring as Fabyon Harris and Ray Turner scored 14 apiece and
freshman Alex Caruso chipped in with 13.
● Freshman guard J'Mychal Reese dished out
a game-high six assists on the night while Caruso and Elston Turner each added
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now
16-18 in his second season at Texas A&M and 227-197 in 15 years as a head
● Texas A&M led 45-29 after 20 minutes
of play ... it was the biggest lead of the period after swelling to 16 on a
lay-up by Alex Caruso with five seconds remaining.
● A&M shot a blistering 57.1%
(16-of-28) from the floor during the period, adding nine assists on the 16 made
● Elston Turner lead all scorers with13
points at intermission, going 5-for-7 from the floor during the opening period.
● The A&M advantage ballooned to as
many as 19 points at 60-41 on a 3-pointer by Fabyon Harris with 12:39 remaining
in the contest.
● Three of Elston Turner's four 3-point
field goals came in the second half.
● The Aggies host Prairie View A&M on
Thursday night at Reed Arena in a 7 p.m. contest.
● Troy, meanwhile, will head to
Chattanooga, Tenn., to face Louisiana Tech as it continues play in the CBE
83, Troy 65
Nov. 12, 2012 ● Reed Arena
Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
"I'm really proud of our team. To have 21 assists means
we're sharing the ball. I think the guys did a good job of finding the extra
pass. When you have 21 assists and eight turnovers, you're going to be in good
shape most nights. We played a good Troy team. They're hard to play against.
They went zone in the second half. We hadn't seen any zone before that. It
slowed the pace of the game down. They made threes. It was another tough
matchup for our post guys who go out and have to cover guys that shoot the ball
On the play of Alex Caruso
"Alex does so many things to help you win. If you look at
his stat line, he gets steals, he rebounds, he gets defensive deflections. He's
a really good passer. He has a really good knack for how to play. His dad has
taught him well."
On freshman play:
"I thought our freshman did some good things.
Defensively, we had some good minutes at the end of the first half. I thought
that was a good key of breaking the game open because we knew they could shoot
the ball and get back in the game."
On playing with four guards:
"It gives us more confidence than I thought we would have
at this point. We've got to get our post guys more involved which I think will
happen when we see more of a traditional team. The fact that we can play four
guards and be successful is a positive early on."
On balanced scoring:
"We're going to have to win by committee. Elston and
Rayhave to play well. That's what seniors are supposed to do. Elston is a
coming effect for our young guys when things get rattled a bit. He does a good
job of handling the ball and getting everybody in the right spots. It's good to
have two seniors that can play well at times."
On J-Mychal Reese's play:
"He did a lot of good things. He had to guard their best
perimeter player. He did a lot of good things defensively. Offensively, it'll
come for him. He's missed a couple of floaters. That's a good shot for him and
he'll make those. I thought he played well. He's a freshman and our freshmen
are playing big minutes for us. At this level that's unusual."
On confidence at the free throw line:
"I'm ecstatic that we're making free throws and getting
to the line. That was something we really struggled with last year. Hopefully,
we can continue to get to the line because that's where you get some
opportunities to win games. We're driving the ball and getting into the paint.
That's how you get to the free throw line."
Texas A&M Guard Alex Carusso
On his approach to the game:
"Coming off the bench, I just try to do whatever the team
needs me to do, whether it's grabbing a rebound; throwing a pass to Elston or
Fabyon; make a defensive stop, whatever it takes for us to win. We have a
saying on this team: 'All In.' That's what you've got to be to play on this
On the offensive boards:
"We matched up. We played small with them when they had
four guard-like players out there. They put me running the baseline. I just
tried to do whatever I could once the guards shot it. The ball just bounced my
way a couple times."
Texas A&M Guard Elston Turner
On the benefits of the smaller lineup:
"We're going to be playing so many teams that do so many
different things. In the past two games, we've played teams that play a
four-guard lineup. We have to adjust. There's going to be some teams that we
play that are going to have two or three big men and we're going to have to
adjust. I love the versatility of this team and being able to guard from top to
On Troy's run late in the second half:
"We knew that they could shoot the ball and we knew that
they were going to keep shooting. When they beat Mississippi State they made
ten threes and shot 29 of them. We knew coming into the game that they were
going to be firing up the threes. They got hot in the second half and made a
On the opportunities in the second half:
"We were just moving the ball offensively. They went to a
zone as well and there were a lot of gaps. We had 21 assists and eight
turnovers. That's good team basketball."
Troy Head Coach Don Maestri
"When we made a little run, I think Elston put the team
on his back and carried them. He's a good player. I thought they stepped it up
defensively when they had too. I was proud of our guys to get back in the game.
We've got a young group of kids. They're a really close knit group which really
helps them. We're not as talented as we've been in the past. We've had a lot of
talented teams come through Troy. This is not one of them, but their
togetherness and their effort will keep them in games in our league. Hopefully
that's their signature: how hard they play and how close knit they are."
On taking advantage in the second half:
"Hunter Williams is a creative little guard. Some of the
plays that were being run boil down to the end of the play. Texas A&M plays
solid defense so you're not going to get a quick shot against them. You're
going to have to go deeper into your offense to try and get a better shot.
Hunter Williams, for us, is our quarterback that makes it happen. He made some
reads and got it to some guys, and he himself made a couple of threes to eek
our way back in a little bit. He was a key for us tonight to get back into it
because he's got a real good basketball savvy."
On the small lineup:
"Our identity hurts us sometime from that because other
teams know we shoot a lot of threes. For us to win, we're going to have to hit
a lot of threes. It's better sometimes to match up with us and make sure we
don't get wide open shots. We don't score very often inside. We've got to be
perimeter conscious. It was a good adjustment by them."