Ray Turner scored a career-high 20 points and No. 20 Texas A&M cruised past Liberty 81-59 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Aggies played without first-year coach Billy Kennedy, on
leave following his recent diagnosis of an early stage of
Parkinson's disease. Texas A&M associate head coach Glynn Cyprien
has run the team in Kennedy's absence.
Kennedy has visited the arena daily over the past week and
Cyprien has said Kennedy is expected back full-time "soon."
Texas A&M put away the Flames early with a 24-4 run midway
through the first half. The Aggies shot 59.3 percent (16 of 27)
from the field in the first half and jumped to a 37-14 lead at the
break before a crowd of 6,118 at Reed Arena.
Elston Turner had 16 points and David Loubeau added 14 for the
Aggies in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
David Minaya led Liberty with 14 points.