COLLEGE STATION -- No. 14-ranked Texas A&M plays host host to the Tarleton State Texans on Monday at 7 p.m. at Reed Arena in the final exhibition game for both teams.
The Texans are 1-0 in the exhibition season after knocking off Baylor,
95-85, on Friday night in Waco. The Aggies (1-0) downed Emporia State, 85-73, in their exhibition opener on Thursday.
An NCAA Division II member, Tarleton State is the preseason favorite to win the Lone Star Conference after finishing 18-10 last year. The Texans were ranked as high as No. 3 early last season. In 2006, Tarleton State advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
Tarleton returns three starters and seven lettermen from last season's
squad, but are led by a pair of NCAA Division I transfers. Senior guard
Jeffrey Henfield (New Mexico) scored a game-high 28 points against the Bears, while senior guard Avery Patterson (St. John's) added 23 points and made 6 three-pointers.
Two other Division I transfers -- Mike Daniels (Utah State) and Limar Wilson (Minnesota) -- also played significant minutes against Baylor.
"We feel like we have a team right now that can compete for the national championship (in Division II)," TSU Coach Lonn Reisman said.
Five Aggies scored in double figures against Emporia State, led by junior
Josh Carter with 14. Sophomore Donald Sloan and freshman DeAndre Jordan each added 12 points. A&M shot 52.5 percent from the field and posted a 44-31 rebounding edge.
"Emporia was a tough match-up for us," A&M Coach Mark Turgeon said. "I was disappointed in our defense because I thought our play was uncharacteristic of what we¹ve done in practice. That was about as ugly as I¹ve seen one of my teams play."
A&M opens the regular season at home on Friday against McNeese State at 7 p.m.