Aggies Beat Anteaters

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Donald Sloan had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists and Texas A&M (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) pulled away from UC Irvine in the second half for an 88-66 victory on Saturday.

Dominique Kirk added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and five rebounds for the Aggies (11-1), who have won 32 of their last 33 games at noisy Reed Arena. Texas A&M has won 43 consecutive regular-season nonconference home games.

A&M shot 68 percent in the second half (19-of-28) and 63 percent for the game. The Aggies had a 32-22 rebound advantage and have outrebounded all of their 12 opponents.

Darren Fells scored 19 points and Patrick Sanders added 18 for Irvine (4-7).

The Aggies led 44-34 at halftime and Josh Carter made two 3-pointers as A&M stretched the lead to 59-43 in the first five minutes of the second half.

Sanders hit a 3-pointer and a long jumper for Irvine, but the Anteaters couldn't keep up with the Aggies' scoring pace. A&M made 11 of its first 13 shots out of halftime and led 70-53 after reserve Beau Muhlbach hit a jumper from the wing with 11 minutes left.

Joseph Jones scored inside before Sloan flipped an alley-oop pass to Chinemelu Elonu for dunk that pushed the lead past 20.