November 25, 2008

Aggies ride solid defense to 3-0 start

The Texas A&M men's basketball team finally got things going offensively in a 96-78 win over Jackson State in the first game of the South Padre Invitational, and Tuesday evening the Aggies will get another up-tempo opponent in UNC-Wilmington who likes to run a fullcourt press on defense and run-and-gun on offense.

The Seahawks averaged just shy of 92 points a game, but the Aggies have shown that their defense is something that has been strong out of the gate this season. In two games where the Aggies didn't have much going offensively, it was the defense that preserved two wins especially in the hard-fought 55-48 victory over Stephen F. Austin.

The Lumberjacks hit just five shots from the field in the second half, and had just one player score inside the three-point arc in the game. Despite having to deal with intense pressure from SFA's defense, the Aggies were able to suffocate the Lumberjacks on defense to earn the win.

It's that kind of play on the defensive end that has A&M head coach Mark Turgeon proud of his team early this season.

"We were unbelievable on defense the other night. Our defense was phenomenal," Turgeon said. "You think about the shots that the Josh Alexander kid did make. They only had so many field goals. They only had five in the second half and we were right there shaking hands on all those. The thing that they showed me the other night is that they played with great intelligence on defense."

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