Texas A&M Men's Basketball notes and quotes after loss to Georgia

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Texas A&M Men’s Basketball
Postgame Notes
Georgia 59, Texas A&M 52
Jan. 26, 2013 ● Reed Arena

● Texas A&M fell to 12-7 on the season with a 2-4 mark in SEC play.
● Georgia, meanwhile, improved to 8-11 this year and 2-4 in the league.
● Texas A&M now trails the all-time series with Georgia by the count of 1-0

● The Aggies shot 34.7 percent for the game by converting 17-of-49 field goal attempts.
● Georgia, meanwhile, made 19-of-44 shots from the floor to finish with a 43.2 team shooting percentage.
● The Bulldogs held a slim 32-31 edge in the rebounding column, marking the first time in the last six games A&M has not owned an advantage on the glass.

● Senior guard Elston Turner scored a team-leading 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting … It marked the 22nd time during his two seasons at A&M that he’s led the Aggies in scoring … Additionally, Turner cracked the double-digit barrier in points for the 40th time in 51 games at Texas A&M.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris notched 13 points to reach double digits in scoring for the seventh time in his last 10 games.
● Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led all scorers with 22 points in the contest.

● Georgia led 27-23 after 20 minutes of play … The Bulldogs led by as main as 10 with 2:29 to play, but Texas A&M closed the half on a 6-0 run.
● The Aggies shot 9-for-22 (.409) during the half … Georgia, meanwhile, made 6-of-17 first half field goals to finish at 35.5 percent.
● The Bulldogs’ lead was fueled by a 13 made free throws (on 16 attempts) during the period compared to just two (on six attempts) for the Aggies.

● The Bulldogs held a 32-29 edge in second half scoring.
● Texas A&M shot 29.6 percent (8-of-27) during the second half, while Georgia made 13-of-27 shots after halftime (48.1 percent).
● Georgia built its biggest lead of the night, a 17-point advantage, at the 10:20 mark of the second half on a jumper from Kenny Gains which made it 48-31 Bulldogs.
● The Aggies used a 17-5 scoring run to climb to within three points at 55-52 with 3:59 to play, but UGA claimed the game’s final four points to seal the road win.

● The Aggies hit the road for a midweek contest at Mississippi State on Wednesday … The game will be televised by CSS.
● Georgia will return home to host Auburn on Wednesday.

Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Quotes
Georgia 59, Texas A&M 52
Jan. 26, 2013 ● Reed Arena

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
“We competed hard. Unfortunately, we don’t make free-throws and we missed opportunities to score. That makes it tough on your defense. Georgia did a good job running their offense, taking big shots, getting offensive rebounds and beating the shot clock; it broke us down. The five guys playing at the end did a good job trying to get us back into the game.”

On Georgia put-backs
“(Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) Pope made a nice play, you can tell he’s a special player. We were playing so hard that we get worn down at the end of the possessions sometimes. You’ve got to be able to make two plays and Pope was doing that all night. We can help, but we don’t recover. We’re not able to block out or get rebound. We miss free-throws and opportunities to score. We put so much pressure on the defense, and Georgia was able to take advantage of that.”

Second half struggles
“It’s back to what we talked about. We don’t get the consistent effort from the nine guys. We’re not good enough or talented enough where two or three guys to carry us. Elston is playing hard and doing everything he can, but you can see what people are doing defensively to handle him and he is struggling. They are rotating two or three guys and somebody else needs to make the play for us to take the next step to winning some of these games. We need a third scorer and more consistent play from some other guys.”

Texas A&M Senior Guard Elston Turner
Thoughts on completing comeback
“We have got to have better starts to the game. I feel like our energy is there in spurts. In the last three minutes of the first half we played really great, but we started off really slow in 2nd half. When we’re down 15-16 at home, it’s tough to make a good comeback like that.”

On what needs to happen to have better starts
“Play within ourselves, be better composed. For the most part throughout the SEC, we always started off games really well, but Georgia is a really great defensive team. We started off with 6-8 points in the first 10 minutes. To beat a great team, you have to find ways to score.”

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox
Opening statement
“Offensively, notably we made some shots. Certainly, this incredible team (A&M) came roaring back, and they made a lot of plays to get back in it, but we were able to close it out for the win. We felt really good that we were able to beat a good basketball team. “

On Caldwell-Pope
“He’s really starting to mature as a player. He can score. He’s becoming a more efficient scorer and he’s a good rebounder. Tonight, he needed to be a good defender for us. He’s a guy from a real small town, no stoplights, and he’s just really starting to mature and grow up. He’s got a lot of room to improve, but tonight he played very sound in all facets of the game.”

On team pulling out the win
“We got a little bit comfortable. We’ve got a young team; we didn’t handle the lead very well. We had a couple little soft turnovers that they reached down and picked our pocket and went down there and made the goal.”

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