Aggies Rock Detroit

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Freshman DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 14 Texas A&M to a 79-39 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.

It was the third straight victory for the Aggies (10-1) and their most lopsided of the season.

Jordan, who leads the nation in field goal percentage, missed only the last of his eight shots. He is 46-of-58 over his first 11 games.

He hasn't been nearly as good at the free throw line, however,and he missed all three free throws he took Wednesday and is just 12-of-43 overall.

Jordan's only miss from the field against Detroit came with about seven minutes left when his layup rolled in and out.

He set a Big 12 record for consecutive field goals in November when he made 17 without a miss.

The win was Texas A&M's 100th at Reed Arena and the Aggies have a 100-47 overall record in the building that opened in 1998.

Jon Goode had 13 points for the Titans (4-7), who lost their fifth straight. It was the first time in five games that Goode hadn't scored at least 20 points.

Texas A&M led by 21 at halftime and opened the second half on a 9-0 run. The Aggies were ahead 51-22 when sophomore Derrick Roland scored seven straight points in less than 1 1/2 minutes to put the game farther out of reach.

Josh Carter added 11 points and Bryan Davis had 10 for the Aggies.

The Aggies led 17-10 in the first half before both teams went on a scoring drought that spanned more than four minutes. A fastbreak layup by Davis with about nine minutes left got the Aggies back on the board.

Those points were the first of a 13-2 run that gave the Aggies a 30-12 lead with 5:01 left in the first half.

Detroit's Chris Hayes was upended by the scorer's table trying to save the ball from going out of bounds and it was caught by Jordan who raced for a one-handed dunk. When Hayes finally got untangled from the table and back on the court, Jordan was already lining up for the free throw after his dunk.

Jordan scored the last six points of the half and the Aggies led 36-15 at halftime.

The Aggies held Detroit to 24 percent shooting and have held eight of their first 11 opponents to less than 40 percent.

POSTGAME QUOTES AND NOTES

Sophomore Guard Sloan:

“Tonight we put Kirk on their best perimeter scored. Turgeon decided to go back to him guarding their best player. We just got back to what we use to do on defense, and just what we’ve done in the past.”

“We did better on free throws in the second half. I focused on making the next one. Thinking I need to make this one, instead of just shooting. Sometimes you get caught up in different things throughout the game, but in the last past week, we just focused on improving from the line.”

Freshman Center DeAndre Jordan:

“The first couple of game I was nervous, just trying to get into the game, and how to play. Now that we are ten or eleven games in, I’m use to it and it’s a routine now. So let’s just keep it going.”

Head Coach Mark Turgeon:

“I’m pleased with how we played tonight. I thought that we guarded well. In the eleven to thirteen time-out, we held them to ten points, and five in transition. We jumped them a little bit, but I thought we did well. The one thing we didn’t do well is rebounding. This team still isn’t we want them at. This team frustrates me on that.”

“Tonight we made a couple changes on our defensive philosophy, which helped us. We’ve given up thirty-nine and thirty-six points the last two games. So we challenged them to continue that. I’m frustrated with their habits. We don’t have the habits you need to beat good teams yet. So this coaching staff is working on creating those, and tonight’s game was a step to creating those habits. I know that when I look at the film of tonight’s game that it will be good.”

A&M NOTES:

*Tonight's win was the 100th for Texas A&M at Reed Arena. The Aggies are 100-47 in their 10th year in the building.A&M was 41-41 in its first six seasons at Reed, but is 59-6 in the last four years.

*A&M is 8-0 at home this season.

*The Aggies have won 42 straight regular-season non-conference home games.

*A&M has won 31 of its last 32 home games.

*A&M posted a 44-31 rebounding advantage. The Aggies have out-rebounded every opponent this season. Coming into tonight's game, the Aggies ranked fifth nationally in rebounding margin (+11.7).

*A&M has held eight opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field. Each of the last two opponents have shot under 25 percent.

*A&M has shot better than 50 percent in six games and better than 43 percent in all 11 contests.

*Freshman DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points with 8 rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting.

*Junior Josh Carter scored 11 points, making 3-of-6 treys, his fifth straight game in double figures.

*Sophomore Bryan Davis scored 10 points with 5 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocked shots.

*Senior Dominique Kirk scored 9 points with a season-high 7 rebounds.

*A&M made a season-best 52.9 percent from three-point range (9-of-17). The nine treys also were a season-high.