Aggie Basketball Game
Texas A&M (8-2;
0-0 SEC) vs. Southern (4-6; 0-0 SWAC)
December 22, 2012 ·
3:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
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Texas - The Texas A&M men's basketball team continues its five-game
homestand Saturday when the Aggies welcome Southern to Reed Arena for a 3 p.m.
FSN will televise the match-up with Ron Thulin and Jim
Haller calling all the action from Aggieland. Every Texas A&M basketball
game this season will be broadcast, marking a first in program history.
The Aggies enter the contest with an 8-2 record on the
season and looking to improve on a history of outstanding success against
non-conference foes at Reed Arena. A&M is 106-10 (.915) all-time on its
home court with a perfect 6-0 record inside the facility this season.
During its most recent outing on Tuesday, Texas A&M defeated
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66-54 while shooting an impressive 52.9 percent (27-of-51)
from the floor, marking the fourth time this season A&M has hit the 50
percent mark or better in field goal percentage.
On the defensive end of the court, A&M held the
Islanders to just 19-of-58 shooting for the game (.328). It was the fifth time
this season that the Aggies have held an opponent under 40 percent shooting and
the third time they've pushed a foe below 35 percent.
Against A&M-Corpus Christi, junior guard Fabyon Harris
led the Aggies in scoring for the second time this season, notching 17 points
on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor with a 3-of-4 mark from beyond the 3-point
arc, while senior forward Ray Turner narrowly missed his second double-double
of the season, ending play with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Southern enters Saturday's contest with a 4-6 overall record
after seeing a three-game winning streak snapped during its most recent outing
with a 68-57 loss at TCU on Wednesday.
Senior guard Derick Beltran highlights a trio of Jaguars with
double-figure scoring averages this season, contributing a team-best 17.3
points per game. Southern is led by second-year head coach Roman Banks, who
spent the eight previous seasons as an assistant at the school.
On Nov. 13 of last season, Ray Turner poured in 20 points
and the Aggies defeated Southern 83-58 at Reed Arena.
Don't miss your chance to catch a great deal to see all the
Aggie basketball action this holiday season with our Half-Price Holiday Hoops
Included in the promotion are upcoming men's games against Southern
(Dec. 22), Army (Dec. 29), Houston Baptist (Jan. 3) and Arkansas (Jan. 9).
Additionally, women's games against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 28), Rice (Jan.
1), Alabama (Jan. 3) and Auburn (Jan. 13) are also part of the promotion.
Visit the Reed Arena box office, the 12th Man Foundation's
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- Texas A&M has won three of four all-time meetings with
Southern, most recently defeating the Jaguars 83-53 on Nov. 13, 2011, at Reed
- A&M senior guard Elston Turner enters Saturday's
contest second the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting an impressive
.456 from long range ... the Sacramento, Calif., native leads the Aggies and ranks
seventh in the league in scoring at 16.1 points per game.
- Turner will be looking to continue a trend of scoring consistency
during which he has reach double-digit totals in points each game this season
including a pair of career-high setting 26-point performances, most recently on
Dec. 1 during a victory at Houston.
- As a team, the Aggies lead the conference with a .402 team
- Saturday's game is a part of A&M's "Half-Price
Holiday Hoops" promotion and fans can purchase discounted tickets for the
contest at the Reed Arena Box Office or by contacting the 12th Man Foundation
at (888) 992-4443 or on-line at www.12thmanfoundation.com/ticket-center.
REED ARENA SUCCESS
- A&M is 63-12 at Reed Arena since the start of the
2008-09 season with a 22-11 mark in conference games.
- The Aggies are 97-17 (.851) at home since the start of the
2006-07 season and are 130-22 (.855) since the start of the 2004-05 campaign.
- A&M has won 45 of its last 50 home games against
unranked opponents (15 of last 19 in conference play).
- A&M is 171-63 (.731) in 14 seasons at Reed Arena ...
the Aggies were 41-41 the first six years at Reed and are 125-22 since.
- Texas A&M are 5-0 in non-conference games at Reed
Arena this season ... the Aggies are 106-10 (.914) all-time in non-conference
games inside the facility, which hosted its first basketball game in the fall
of 1998 ... a loss to Rice on Dec. 22, 2011, snapped A&M's 67-game
non-conference home win streak at Reed Arena (which dated back to the start of
the 2005-06 season) and 80-game regular-season, non-conference home win streak
(which dated back to 2003), both school records.
A FLASHBACK TO LAST
SEASON'S MATCH-UP (TEXAS A&M 83, SOUTHERN 58)
Junior forward Ray Turner scored 20 points and No. 20 Texas
A&M beat Southern 83-58 Sunday in coach Billy Kennedy's return to the
The 47-year-old Kennedy was diagnosed with Parkinson's
disease in October of 2011 and had taken a leave of absence from the program
under doctor's orders. Associate head coach Glynn Cyprien had led the Aggies in
practice and in their season-opening victory over Liberty.
Derick Beltran scored a team-high 19 points for Southern.
A&M raced to a 46-21 halftime lead against the Jaguars,
and the contest never was in doubt in the second half. Turner tied his career
for the second straight game and the Aggies (2-0) outrebounded the Jaguars
A&M outscored the Jaguars 15-0 on second-chance points,
and 46-18 in the paint. A&M also outscored Southern 16-8 on fast-break
points, and 29-10 off the bench. Forward Kourtney Roberson added 12 points for
A&M, while forward David Loubeau and guard Elston Turner had 11 points