COLLEGE STATION – Derrick Roland and Josh Carter each scored 14 points to lead Texas A&M to a 72-59 victory against Texas A&M-Kingsville in an exhibition game on Wednesday night at Reed Arena.
The Aggies posted a 42-28 rebounding advantage and made 47.5 percent from the field. The Javelinas trailed 35-29 at halftime after making 52.0 percent, but made just 37.0 percent in the second half.
Donald Sloan added 11 points and 5 assists for the Aggies, while Nathan Walkup scored 9 points with a game-high 9 rebounds.
Robert Williams led Kingsville with 16 points.
The game attracted an enthusiastic crowd of 7,963, which included almost 3,000 students.
POSTGAME TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Mark Turgeon: “The best part of the night was the crowd. It was a great crowd for an exhibition game. We came out nervous at the start and it was good to get rid of those first-game jitters. A&M-Kingsville came out and played a great game. We put zero time into the scouting report for this team. We learned a lot about our team tonight. We have a ways to go and we understand that. We have worked hard at guarding the basketball but that didn’t show tonight. We are a much better team than we showed tonight. We will have a good offense. When I look at this roster, I do not see a guy that I do not think will improve. I have a lot of confidence in this team.”
Junior Guard Derrick Roland: “It was nice to play against new people but hard not knowing what to expect. Their style of offense is hard to guard for anybody. The main thing is that coach wanted us to keep the ball in front of us. I think we are much more comfortable with coach in his second season. I think we will be a much faster team this year than we were last year.”
Sophomore Guard/Forward Nathan Walkup: “These guys ran a lot of zone on defense and we did not expect them to shoot the ball as much. I think for as small amount of scouting we did on this team, we played pretty well.”