NOTE: Following a post-game video review, the score was adjusted to reflect the correct final score of 70-58.
HOUSTON— Elston Turner matched a career high with 26 points to lead Texas A&M to its third straight win, 70-58 over Houston Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
||70 - 58
Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston, Texas
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|Texas A&M (6-1)
| Stats at a Glance
|3-Pt FG Percentage
|Points in the Paint
|Points off Turnovers
|Second Chance Points
|Fast Break Points
|E Turner, 26
|R Turner, 11
The Aggies (6-1) led 42-24 at halftime before Houston climbed back in the contest by slicing Texas A&M's lead to 62-54 with 2:09 remaining. But Turner, a senior guard and team leader, tallied 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in the final 4:52 to hold the Cougars at bay.
J.J. Thompson led the Cougars (5-2) with 16 points, and Jherrod Stiggers followed with 12.
Texas A&M post players Kourtney Roberson and Ray Turner chipped in 14 points each, and Alex Caruso notched a game-high seven assists.
The Aggies doubled up the Cougars on offensive rebounds, 14-7, and won the overall rebounding margin 40-26. The former Southwest Conference members collided at Hofheinz for the first time since 2003.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 70, Houston 58
Dec. 1, 2012 ● Hofheinz Pavilion (Houston, Texas)
RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M improved to 6-1 overall
and 1-0 on the road this season.
● Houston, meanwhile, fell to 5-2 on the
year and 3-1 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
● The all-time series between the former
Southwest Conference partners now stands at 53-31 in favor of Houston.
● The Aggies owned a 40-26 advantage in
the rebounding column, their biggest margin this season.
● A&M dominated the interior of the
lane all night, holding a 40-16 edge in points in the paint.
● For the game, A&M shot 29-of-60
(.483) while Houston hit 20-of-49 shots from the field (.408).
● Senior Ray Turner collected his fifth
career double-double, finishing with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
● Senior Elston Turner scored 16 first
half points en route to a career-high tying 26 points ... he led the team in
scoring for the fifth time this year and the 16th time in the last
● Elston also extended his streak of
scoring double-digit points to seven ... he has 30 games of 10 or more points
during his two-year A&M career.
● Sophomore Kourtney Roberson also reached
double-digits in scoring for the Aggies, finishing with 14 points on 7-of-9
● Freshman Alex Caruso set a new
career-high by dishing out a game-best seven assists.
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now
20-19 in his second season at Texas A&M and 231-198 in 15 years as a head
● The Aggies took a 42-24 lead into the
● Texas A&M set the tone early by
beginning the game on a 6-0 run that was powered by a dunk from Kourtney
Roberson and two early baskets from Ray Turner.
● A&M came out hot, shooting 19-for-31
(.613) from the floor in the game's opening 20 minutes ... Houston, meanwhile,
shot 8-of-24 (.333) in the first half.
● The Aggies ended the half on a 12-0
spurt, taking their biggest lead of the afternoon to the intermission.
● Elston Turner led all players with 16
points at the half, shooting 7-of-12 in the opening period.
● The Cougars held a 35-28 lead in second
half scoring, led by J.J. Thompson and Jherrod Stiggers, who each had nine
points in the second half.
● Elston Turner led the Aggies with 10
points after the intermission.
● The Aggie shot 10-of-29 (.345) during
the second half while the Cougars made 12-of-25 field goal attempts (.480).
● The Aggies return to the Reed Arena for
their next contest, which will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when Texas
A&M hosts Stephen F. Austin.
● Houston, meanwhile, will travel to Fort
Worth to battle TCU on Tuesday, Dec. 4.