COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Five Texas A&M players scored in double digits as the Aggies defeated Prairie View A&M 81-59 on Thursday night.
Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 18 points, including making 4 of 6 3-pointers, and he was followed by Ray Turner (17), J'Mychal Reese (15) and Elston Turner and Jordan Green (10 each). Ray Turner led A&M (3-0) with nine rebounds, but the Panthers (2-2) had a 41-34 advantage on the glass.
Jules Montgomery led Prairie View with 12 points. Both teams struggled from the field, as the Aggies shot 44.4 percent (24 of 54) and the Panthers shot 32.8 percent (20 of 61). While the turnover battle was fairly close (Prairie View with 14 and A&M 11) the Aggies outscored the Panthers 21-10 on points off of turnovers.
Panthers guard Louis Munks left the game with 6:04 remaining in a wheelchair with a compound fracture of his right leg.
Texas A&M 81, Prairie View A&M 59
Nov. 15, 2012 ● Reed Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M improved to 3-0 on the season while Prairie View A&M fell to 2-2.
● This is the eighth time in the last nine years that A&M men’s basketball has started 3-0.
● The Aggies are now 11-0 all-time against the Panthers in a series that dates back to 1978.
● The Aggies’ impressive ball movement was once again on display Thursday as they dished out 18 assists on 24 made field goals.
● Texas A&M was again solid as a team from the free throw line where it made 24-of-29 (.828) attempts … for the season, A&M is shooting 82.2 percent (60-of-73) from the charity stripe, led by senior forward Ray Turner who is 17-of-17 in free throw attempts on the year.
● After starting the game 2-for-17 from the floor, the Aggies shot 22-of-37 (.595) the rest of the way (beginning at the 8:24 mark of the first half).
● The Aggie bench outscored their PVAMU counterparts by a count of 26-19 … A&M also held a 21-10 edge in points off turnovers.
● Senior forward Ray Turner finished just one rebound shy of his fifth career double-double as the Houston native compiled 17 points and nine boards against the Panthers … Turner was 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
● Junior guard Fabyon Harris led all scorers with a season-best 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting … the Chicago native was 4-for-6 from beyond 3-point range.
● After not scoring in the win over Troy on Monday, freshman guard J’Mychal Reese tallied a personal-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting against Prairie View A&M, including a trio of 3-point baskets … The Bryan, Texas, product also dished out three assists and grabbed six rebounds.
● Elston Turner reached double digits in points for the third straight game to begin the season by scoring 10 points, but was also a facilitator in the passing game by notching a team-best four assists.
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 17-18 in his second season at Texas A&M and 228-197 in 15 years as a head coach.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Texas A&M made its opening shot of the contest before going ice cold from the floor and missing 16 of its next 17 shots.
● Prairie View A&M used an 11-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 15-10 with 10:56 to play in the period.
● The Aggies recovered from their early shoot woes to recapture the lead by using an 11-0 run of their own to go ahead 21-15 on a J’Mychal Reese 3-pointer with 5:50 before intermission.
● Overall in the half, Texas A&M shot 12-of-29 (.414) from the floor and made 8-of-13 (.615) 3-point baskets … PVAMU shot 9-of-29 (.310).
● A&M’s Fabyon Harris led all scores at the break with 14 points, followed closely by Reese’ 11 points.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● The Texas A&M lead did not hit its peak until the final moments of the game when senior Jarod Jahns hit a lay-up with five seconds to play, giving the Aggies their biggest lead of the night at 81-59.
● 15 of Ray Turners’ 17 points on the night came after the intermission with one of the night’s most memorable moments coming on a thunderous dunk by Turner at the 9:06 mark.
● The Aggies shot 48 percent (12-of-48) during the second half.
● The Aggies will leave the friendly confines of Reed Arena for the first time next week when they travel to Kansas City’s Sprint Center for the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic … A&M faces Saint Louis on Monday before returning to the court against Kansas or Washington State on Tuesday … Monday’s game will be televised on ESPNU while Tuesday’s contest will be shown on ESPNU or streamed on ESPN3.
● Prairie View A&M, meanwhile, will head to Fort Worth to face TCU on Sunday.