November 21, 2008

A&M runs to win over Jackson State, 96-78

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It took three games, but Texas A&M finally hit second gear this season and ran the up-tempo style head coach Mark Turgeon has been trying to install ever since taking the job in College Station prior to last season. A very athletic Jackson State team stayed with A&M for 15 minutes, but the Aggies were just too much in the long run as they opened as much as a 29-point lead on their way to a 96-78 win in the first round of the South Padre Invitational at Reed Arena in front of 7,866 fans.

Hot shooting and the play of forward Grant Maxey, who led all scorers with 28 points and added 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, saw the two teams change leads for much of the first before the Aggies opened up a 10-point lead with Bryan Davis owning the offensive paint and Josh Carter getting hot from outside.

"I was really pleased tonight. I thought Jackson State was a heck of a team. It was a pretty close game at LSU at about the four-minute mark, so we were a little nervous coming into it," Turgeon said. "I was disappointed the way we started defensively. We didn't transition and we didn't guard the ball and they hit some shots we didn't expect them to hit early in the game either. I think about the eight-minute mark to about the 7:30-mark of the second half we were pretty good. It went from a two-point game to about a 30-point game in that stretch."

Carter led the Aggies with 25 points to go along with six rebounds. He was 5-8 from beyond the 3-point arc in just 26 minutes. Davis poured in 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds to go with four blocks in only 20 minutes.

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