Aggies Dunk Texas State

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- DeAndre Jordan and Donald Sloan scored 18 points each and Texas A&M (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) bounced back from its first loss with an easy 109-73 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.

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.

The Bobcats (5-3) stayed close for eight minutes, but A&M turned it into a blowout by halftime, getting a feel-good win after a 78-67 loss to Arizona last Sunday.

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. The Aggies have outrebounded all nine of their opponents.

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.

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.

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. Coach Mark Turgeon had all his starters benched with 5:25 left.

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.

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.

POSTGAME QUOTES AND NOTES

Donald Sloan-

“I think the great thing about tonight is that we were able to get better. We executed every possession at a high level and I think we got better tonight. Coach told us exactly what they were going to do so I feel like we were very prepared.”

(On the good thing about playing in a game like tonight.) “I think that as a player you are able to show off your skills in a game like tonight. You can go out there and just show what you can do.”

DeAndre Jordan-

(On whether he had ever played in a game with this many dunks.) “I’m not sure, we were just able to execute and our guards handled the press very well and got us easy shots.”

(On his improved free throw shooting.) “I’ve been working on it a lot before and after practice. I think I’m definitely shooting better than the first couple games. I need to keep working on it. I just need to go up there and shoot the ball without worrying about it.”

Texas A&M Head Coach Mark Turgeon-

“I was pleased tonight. We shared the ball, we shared minutes and our guys played hard. We finished tonight. Everyone has been practicing well so I’m glad we got to get everyone in. I feel like every time we step on the court we get better. At least one person gets better every game. I was really proud of our post guys, they did a great job passing the basketball. Brian Davis was great, he led us with seven assists. I thought we guarded the ball well tonight. Our transition defense was at times very good and at times not so good. I think we learned a lot of things defensively tonight. Our guys are gaining a lot of confidence. They were cheering each other on and encouraging each other and I think they are definitely getting more confident.”

A&M NOTES:

*The Aggies’ 109 points were a Reed Arena record and their most since a 114-90 win against Florida International in the 1989 Golden Panthers Holiday Classic in Miami, Fla.

*A&M shot 67.2 percent from the field, the fourth best in school history and its best since it shot a record 72.7 percent against Stephen F. Austin in 1988-89. A&M made 80.9 percent (34-42) inside the three-point line, including 16 dunks, which is believed to be a school record.

*A&M’s 10 blocked shots tied for the third most in school history and was its most since it had 10 against Nebraska in 2005-06.

*Freshman DeAndre Jordan scored a career-high 18 points with 9 rebounds, making 6-of-7 from the field. All six made field goals were dunks.

*Sophomore Donald Sloan tied his career high with 18 points. He also scored 18 against Washington in the NIT semifinals last month in New York. Sloan tied his career best with three three-point field goals. He also made three last season against Jacksonville.

*Sophomore Bryan Davis handed out a career-high 7 assists. His previous high was 5 in the Aggies’ last game at Arizona.

*Freshman B.J. Holmes scored a career-high 9 points with a career-best 5 rebounds. His previous best was 7 points against Ouachita Baptist. Coming into the game, he had only one rebound for the season.

*Sophomore Chinemelu Elonu scored a season-high 10 points with 5 rebounds. His career-high is 12 last season against Prairie View A&M.