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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Bryan Davis scored 15 points and freshman DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double to lead No. 15 Texas A&M to an 85-59 win over Ouachita on Saturday night.

Jordan also broke the Big 12 record for consecutive field goals made. He has made 16 straight field goals over the last four games to break the previous record of 13, set by Nebraska's Mikki Moore in three games in 1998.

His 13th consecutive basket was a layup to open the second half. The record-breaking shot came on an off-balance hook shot about a minute later. He was fouled on both shots, but missed the free throws.

The 7-footer gave A&M a 47-26 lead when he made another layup on the Aggies' next possession.

Jordan hasn't missed a field goal since the first half of Texas A&M's opener against McNeese State. The prized recruit was 6-of-6 on Saturday, made his last two shots against McNeese, was 5-of-5 against Oral Roberts and 3-of-3 in a win over UTEP.

He also broke the school record for consecutive shots made, 13, set by Vernon Smith in 1978. Jordan is the first freshman to record a double-double at A&M since senior Joseph Jones did it as a rookie.

The Aggies led this one from the beginning and Jordan's six quick points to open the second half put the game further out of reach.

A dunk by Jordan with 9 minutes left stretched A&M's lead to 64-39. Coach Mark Turgeon pulled his starters soon after that. Jordan also had a steal, an assist and a block, but missed his four free throw attempts.

Ouachita was led by Daniel Maddox with 21 points.

In the first half, a missed 3-point attempt by Josh Carter bounced off the top of the backboard three times before Jordan grabbed it for a dunk that gave A&M a 20-point lead with 3:32 left. Carter finished with 12 points.

Freshman Nathan Walkup scored the first points of his collegiate career with a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the first half to push A&M's lead to 41-24. Walkup finished with seven points and three rebounds.

Ouachita's Ed Keyes made a free throw to make it at 41-25 at halftime.

The Aggies travel to New York next week to play Washington in the semifinals of the NIT preseason tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Postgame Quotes & Notes

Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon: “I’m glad we got through this game without any injuries. We were up and down on our offense and defense all night long. We had way too many turnovers. It’s just so hard to chase little guys around with our size. Games like this are fun because we get to play so many of the guys that work so hard in practice. It’s good to get them out there and I know they enjoy it. We need to get more comfortable in our motion offense. We didn’t run any sets tonight. We were trying to get these guys some time running the motion. Over the next few days we’ve got to go back to defense. Our guys are tired. We’ve implemented a lot lately. I feel confident when I put Joe (Jones) and Bryan (Davis) in the game because their consistency really helps our game. These freshmen have a long way to go, but one thing they can do is shoot the jump shot. If we’re going to hang our hat on one thing, it’s going to be defense. So, between now and Wednesday night we’ve got to get a lot better defensively.

Texas A&M Sophomore Forward Bryan Davis: “We overwhelmed them with our size difference. We need to work on team defense and rebounding. (On going to New York) We don’t need to be satisfied with just going. We need to work hard and take advantage of this opportunity that we have.”

Texas A&M Freshman Center DeAndre Jordan: (On setting Big 12 record) “I’m just thankful that my teammates have enough trust in me to give me the ball. It was nice to get some rebounds tonight. It’s something I have really focused on since the first game when I only had two. I need to get rebounds before I worry about scoring.”

Ouachita Baptist Head Coach Charlie Schaef: “They have a tremendous front line. I thing we did a good job with the size differential. We needed to do a better job of keeping them off the glass. It is hard to simulate their kind of speed and size in practice. We did not do a good job of capitalizing on things we can control. There are a lot of things we can build on. I was really proud that we only had one turnover at halftime. Overall, it was not a bad first night considering the team we were playing.”

A&M Notes:

*Freshman DeAndre Jordan has made a Big 12 and Texas A&M record 16 straight field goals. His last miss came late in the first half of the season opener against McNeese State. The previous Big 12 mark was 13 straight by Nebraska’s Mikki Moore over two games in 1998-99. The NCAA mark is 25 straight by American’s Ray Voelkel over 9 games early in the 1978-79 season. Jordan is 20-of-22 (.909) from the field this season.

*Jordan tied his career-high with 12 points and posted his first career double-double with 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. He is the first A&M freshman to record a double-double since Joseph Jones in 2004-05.

*Sophomore Bryan Davis led A&M with a career-high 15 points and added 6 rebounds.

*Sophomore Chinemelu Elonu posted a career-high 9 rebounds.

*Senior Dominique Kirk had 5 assists and 0 turnovers.

*Junior Josh Carter scored 12 points and made 3-of-5 three-pointers. For the season, he’s connected on 12-of-23 (.521) from three-point range.

*Freshmen Nathan Walkup and B.J. Holmes each posted career highs with 7 points.

*A&M had a +23 rebounding margin, its third straight game with at least a +15 margin. The Aggies had 19 offensive rebounds.

*All 18 players on the roster saw action in the game with 13 scoring.