Aggies push non-confrence streak to 40

COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Coming off its first loss, Texas A&M put on an offensive show on Saturday night.

DeAndre Jordan and Donald Sloan scored 18 points each and the 16th-ranked Aggies cruised to a 109-73 victory over Texas State.

Joseph Jones had 12 points and seven rebounds and Josh Carter added 12 points and five boards for the Aggies (8-1), who've won 40 consecutive nonconference home games and 29 of their last 30 home games overall.

A&M's guards shredded Texas State's full-court press, generating a season-high 26 assists and one layup or dunk after another. The Aggies finished with 17 dunks, getting a much-needed, feel-good win after a 78-67 loss to Arizona last Sunday.

"You're able to show off your skills in a game like tonight," said Sloan, who matched a career-high point total. "You can go out there and just show what you can do."

The Bobcats (5-3) stayed close for eight minutes, but A&M turned it into a blowout by halftime.

The Aggies shot 67 percent (41-of-61), their fourth-best shooting night in school history. They also blocked 10 shots, one shy of a school record, and outrebounded Texas State 50-37.

Coach Mark Turgeon says A&M's rebounding still needs work, even though the Aggies have outrebounded all nine opponents. Otherwise, he liked what he saw after his team blew a 20-point lead against the Wildcats last week.

"I didn't act much different after we won the (preseason) NIT than I did when we lost to Arizona," said A&M coach Mark Turgeon. "I went on the road recruiting for a couple of days, came back. They weren't very good that first day and I kind of threatened them. And they responded. They had two really good days of practice.

"I had a feeling we were going to play really good."

Dylan Moseley scored 16 to lead the Bobcats.

The bigger, stronger Aggies opened the game with a 15-5 burst, dunking on four of their first seven baskets.

Moseley hit four 3-pointers over the next three minutes as Texas State closed the deficit to 19-18. Moseley was only 5-of-15 from 3-point range through the Bobcats' first seven games.

After Brandon Bush scored inside to give Texas State a brief 20-19 lead with 12:03 left in the half, the Aggies took control.

Jones scored six points during a 19-2 spurt and Nathan Walkup finished it with a layup off a behind-the-back assist from Brian Davis that put the Aggies up 38-23.

The Bobcats stubbornly stayed in their full-court press and the Aggies repeatedly ran right through it.

"I told our staff before the game, if we don't score 100 tonight, we won't score 100 all year," Turgeon said.

Jonathan Sloan's free throw with 6:36 left in the half ended a four-minute scoring drought for the Bobcats. Chinemelu Elonu grabbed a rebound and threw down A&M's fifth dunk 30 seconds later.

Walkup hit a 3-pointer and Derrick Roland converted an alley-oop dunk as the Aggies stretched the lead to 45-24.

"We never made them uncomfortable," said Texas State coach Doug Davalos. "I'm still trying to figure out what their weakness is."

The Bobcats missed 14 consecutive shots before Ty Gough's pull-up jumper with 3:58 left in the half, Texas State's first field goal in eight minutes.

A&M led 56-35 at halftime after outrebounding the Bobcats 26-17, scoring 28 points in the paint and blocking five shots.

Texas State never threatened after the break as the Aggies continued to dominate inside and work on their dunks. Davalos jokingly said he counted "about 50."

A&M officials couldn't say if the 17 dunks was a school record -- they've never kept that statistic. Maybe they should start.

"We always practice alley-oops," Sloan said with a smile.

Turgeon had all his starters benched with 5:25 left. That was the best part of the night for Turgeon, getting valuable minutes for his reserves.

"Everyone has been practicing well, so I'm glad we got everyone in," he said.

Freshman B.J. Holmes sank a 3-pointer with 3:34 left to give A&M at least 100 points for the first time since a 100-82 win over Texas last Feb. 5. It was A&M's highest point total since a 114-90 win over Florida International in 1989.

The victory opened an eight-game homestand for A&M. The Aggies don't play another road game until visiting Texas Tech on Jan. 16.


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