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TURNER, HARRIS
POWER AGGIES
PAST PANTHERS, 81-59
 

COLLEGE STATION (AP)-- Five Texas A&M players scored in double digits as the Aggies defeated Prairie View A&M 81-59 on Thursday night.

59 - 81
Reed Arena • College Station
Attendance: 4,201
Boxscore: HTML  |  PDF
1 2  
PV A&M   (2-2) 25 34 59
A&M   (3-0) 37 44 81
 Stats at a Glance
PV A&M
FG Percentage 32.8 44.4
3-Pt FG Percentage 31.6 47.4
FT Percentage 86.7 82.8
Rebounds 41 34
Turnovers 14 11
Points in the Paint 16 26
Points off Turnovers 10 21
Second Chance Points 18 14
Fast Break Points 2 2
Bench Points 26 19
PV Leaders A&M
Montgomery, 12 Pts Harris, 18
Chapman, 10 Reb R Turner, 9
Blair, 5 Ast Green, 6
three, 2 Stl Caruso, 2
two, 1 Blk Caruso, 2

Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 18 points, including making 4 of 6 3-pointers, and he was followed by Ray Turner (17), J'Mychal Reese (15) and Elston Turner and Jordan Green (10 each). Ray Turner led A&M (3-0) with nine rebounds, but the Panthers (2-2) had a 41-34 advantage on the glass.

Jules Montgomery led Prairie View with 12 points. Both teams struggled from the field, as the Aggies shot 44.4 percent (24 of 54) and the Panthers shot 32.8 percent (20 of 61). While the turnover battle was fairly close (Prairie View with 14 and A&M 11) the Aggies outscored the Panthers 21-10 on points off of turnovers.

Panthers guard Louis Munks left the game with 6:04 remaining in a wheelchair with a compound fracture of his right leg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Game Notes

Texas A&M Basketball

Postgame Notes

Texas A&M 81, Prairie View A&M 59

Nov. 15, 2012  Reed Arena

TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

● Texas A&M improved to 3-0 on the season while Prairie View A&M fell to 2-2.

● This is the eighth time in the last nine years that A&M men's basketball has started 3-0.

● The Aggies are now 11-0 all-time against the Panthers in a series that dates back to 1978.

TEAM NOTES

● The Aggies' impressive ball movement was once again on display Thursday as they dished out 18 assists on 24 made field goals.

● Texas A&M was again solid as a team from the free throw line where it made 24-of-29 (.828) attempts ... for the season, A&M is shooting 82.2 percent (60-of-73) from the charity stripe, led by senior forward Ray Turner who is 17-of-17 in free throw attempts on the year.

● After starting the game 2-for-17 from the floor, the Aggies shot 22-of-37 (.595) the rest of the way (beginning at the 8:24 mark of the first half).

● The Aggie bench outscored their PVAMU counterparts by a count of 26-19 ... A&M also held a 21-10 edge in points off turnovers.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

● Senior forward Ray Turner finished just one rebound shy of his fifth career double-double as the Houston native compiled 17 points and nine boards against the Panthers ... Turner was 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

● Junior guard Fabyon Harris led all scorers with a season-best 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting ... the Chicago native was 4-for-6 from beyond 3-point range.

● After not scoring in the win over Troy on Monday, freshman guard J'Mychal Reese tallied a personal-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting against Prairie View A&M, including a trio of 3-point baskets ... The Bryan, Texas, product also dished out three assists and grabbed six rebounds.

● Elston Turner reached double digits in points for the third straight game to begin the season by scoring 10 points, but was also a facilitator in the passing game by notching a team-best four assists.

● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 17-18 in his second season at Texas A&M and 228-197 in 15 years as a head coach.

FIRST HALF NOTES

● Texas A&M made its opening shot of the contest before going ice cold from the floor and missing 16 of its next 17 shots.

● Prairie View A&M used an 11-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 15-10 with 10:56 to play in the period.

● The Aggies recovered from their early shoot woes to recapture the lead by using an 11-0 run of their own to go ahead 21-15 on a J'Mychal Reese 3-pointer with 5:50 before intermission.

● Overall in the half, Texas A&M shot 12-of-29 (.414) from the floor and made 8-of-13 (.615) 3-point baskets ... PVAMU shot 9-of-29 (.310).

● A&M's Fabyon Harris led all scores at the break with 14 points, followed closely by Reese' 11 points.

SECOND HALF NOTES

● The Texas A&M lead did not hit its peak until the final moments of the game when senior Jarod Jahns hit a lay-up with five seconds to play, giving the Aggies their biggest lead of the night at 81-59.

● 15 of Ray Turners' 17 points on the night came after the intermission with one of the night's most memorable moments coming on a thunderous dunk by Turner at the 9:06 mark.

● The Aggies shot 48 percent (12-of-48) during the second half.

UP NEXT

● The Aggies will leave the friendly confines of Reed Arena for the first time next week when they travel to Kansas City's Sprint Center for the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic ... A&M faces Saint Louis on Monday before returning to the court against Kansas or Washington State on Tuesday ... Monday's game will be televised on ESPNU while Tuesday's contest will be shown on ESPNU or streamed on ESPN3.

● Prairie View A&M, meanwhile, will head to Fort Worth to face TCU on Sunday.

Post-Game Quotes

 

Texas A&M Basketball

Selected Postgame Quotes

Texas A&M 81, Prairie View A&M 59

Nov. 15, 2012 ● Reed Arena

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening Statement:

"First of all, I'm thankful for the win. I knew it could be an ugly game. Prairie View is very tough to play early in the year with so much zone. I did a poor job preparing our team to play against a 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone. We struggled getting defensive rebounds tonight."

 

On J-Mychal Reese's play:

"You've got to give him credit. After the last game, he didn't pout. He was happy with his six assists and the win in the last game. He did a lot of good things and showed tonight he's capable of making shots for us, especially against the zone. He'll continue to get better. He needed to make some shots because our post guys were fumbling the ball and struggling with scoring in the paint. That forced us to shoot from the perimeter and J-Mychal got us going."

 

On the play from the guards:

"Offensively, our perimeter guys can score. All three of them are capable of making shots. We had 18 assists tonight which is good to see. We shared the ball. Everything was on the perimeter and everything was jump shots. We've got to be a presence at the basket. Right now, free throws and jump shots are saving us."

 

On the zone defense from Prairie View:

"They were spaced out so much that there were gaps in their zone. I thought we found some people and made some skip passes. We started penetrating that zone.  Jordan did some things against the zone. Jordan and Alex do a lot of good things to help us win. Our perimeter guys, offensively, are playing well. Defensively, we've got a ways to go."

 

On the physicality of the game:

"It was an ugly game. Coach Rimm does a really good job of controlling his team. It's just unfortunate that there was some contact. Fortunately, nothing got crazy and hopefully their kid (Louis Munks) is all right."

 

On the play of Ray Turner:

"He's just got to keep the ball off the floor offensively and defensively he gets lost at times. He did a lot of good things. He's a jump shooter and we need him to be a power player and finish around the basket. We need that more from all of our post guys."

On the lack of defensive rebounds:

"It's a combination of the four guards and lack of guarding the ball. They had dribble penetration then we had to rotate. We got out of position and didn't do a good job of blocking out. They had 23 offensive rebounds against Texas Tech. They do a really nice job of attacking the glass."

 

On Andrew Young:

"He's getting better. He's a power player. He's another one that has to learn to keep the ball off the floor. He throws his body around to give us a presence in the paint."

 

On the offensive game-plan:

"We're a transition team. We like to run. We like to push the tempo on the offensive end. The way they play slowed us up some. We got some easy touches around the basket early, we just didn't finish. We turned it over and missed layups."

On being happy with his team at this point:

"Anytime you see ugly basketball, you don't feel great about it. We've got a lot of work ahead of us. We've got to do a better job defending against ball screens. We've got a good St. Louis team coming in here that made it to the Round of 32 last year. I know they lost last night against a good Santa Clara team. The level of competition is going to pick up and we'll learn a lot more about ourselves in the next few days."

 

 

Texas A&M Forward Ray Turner

On the physicality of the game:

"It's a tough game. It's an emotional game for both teams. Both teams are out there trying to win."

 

On the success from the free throw line:

"I feel confident in my free throws. I've been shooting a lot more free throws since last year wasn't as great. I've been putting a lot of work toward that area. I know that when I get to the line, I've got to knock them down."

Texas A&M Guard J'Mychal Reese

On what the game-plan was offensively:

"They told us to move the ball around and get some open shots, get some post touches and we were able to hit some shots."

 

On having his shots fall:

"My teammates found me when I was open. They told me if I'm open to shoot the ball and I felt good so I just kept shooting. "

 

On the early offensive struggles:

"You've just got to stay focused and keep executing and shots will fall. All you've got to do is keep playing defense."

 

Prairie View A&M Head Coach Byron Rimm II

Opening Statement:

"It's a game that I will never forget. Besides losing the game, we lost one of our best shooters (Louis Munks), one of our best players for the year. He's going into surgery right now and our hearts go out to him. That's a whole lot more important than this basketball game. Our guys fought out there. They fought hard and I'm very proud of them. I don't think they deserve the way they score looked. Texas A&M is a great basketball team. They're going to be a really good team. They're still kind of young. They're going to be exciting to watch. It's a tough game."

On the physicality of the game:

"I think it was a lot of added emotion with Louis gone. Sometimes young kids don't know how to hold their emotion. It was classless on our part. Texas A&M did what they were supposed to do. They played hard and fought through a lot of it. I'm very disappointed with how we were in the last two-to-three minutes of the basketball game. It's uncalled for to shove a kid while he's going toward the basket. If you're going to foul him, foul him the right way while going for the ball. It was chippy. It's a close rival. It's a game that both teams love. Both teams fought hard. Hopefully, Ray Turner will be on Sportscenter tonight. He did a great job."

 


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