Texas A&M defeats Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66-54

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Fabyon Harris scored 17 points and combined with Elston Turner to go 7 of 11 on 3-pointers as Texas A&M eased past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66-54 on Tuesday night.

Harris was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers, and Turner, who scored 14 points, was 4 of 7 from behind the arc. The Aggies (8-2) never trailed, led 39-25 at halftime and didn't let up against their brethren from the A&M university system.

Will Nelson led the Islanders (1-7) with 17 points, but A&M-Corpus Christi lost its seventh consecutive game after opening the season with a 60-49 victory over Texas Lutheran. The Aggies, meanwhile, rebounded from a 65-54 loss to Oklahoma, a former Big 12 foe, Saturday in Oklahoma City.

While the Aggies shot 54 percent from the 3-point line - slightly better than their 53 percent overall shooting effort - the Islanders were just 2 of 18 from long range.

Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Quotes
Texas A&M 66, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 54
Dec. 18, 2012 ● Reed Arena

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
Opening statement
“I thought we played a little more up tempo than we did against Oklahoma, especially in the first half and the first five minutes of the second half. Obviously, I’m thankful for the win, but we have to learn how to play the game the right way. We made some errant passes and forced some things offensively, and we can’t do that. We have to get a little tougher. We wanted to play up-tempo and move the ball offensively and not have as many turnovers (as Saturday), and we did. I thought we did that for the most part until the last 10 minutes of the game. We got sloppy with the ball. We have to have more definition in transition and in running the floor and sharing the ball.”

On 3-point success and the play of Fabyon Harris
“When Fabyon makes shots we’re a much better team offensively. He and Elston go 7-for-11 from the 3-point line, when you do that you’ll have opportunities to win. It was good to see Fabyon get back going offensively. I thought we moved the ball and made the extra pass, and he was able to catch and shoot. He wasn’t having to make plays off the dribble.”

On the team’s play late in the game
“I told our guys we have to learn how to play the game the right way. Leaving your feet and making a pass behind your head, going around your back…those are just bad basketball plays that some of our young, inexperienced guys made. I think they thought the game was over with. To be a good basketball team you have to be able to make the simple plays when you’re up big to maintain or extend the lead.”

Texas A&M Senior Guard Elston Turner
On the night
“We worked on getting in the right spots to where we could be spaced and could create passes. Saturday (against Oklahoma) we were all bunched up, (our) spacing was horrible. It was a bad offensive outing. We had to correct some things. For the most part tonight we shared the ball and, up until the last six or seven minutes of the second half, we felt like we took care of the ball. We did have a lot of positives but there is still a lot of stuff to work on tonight.”

On 3-point success
“We were moving the ball, setting screens. When you do that and make the defense work, it gets down to the shot clock running out, and the defense gets tired. My teammates did a good job of finding me and I also did a good job of hitting shots as well.”

On bouncing back with a win
“For most part the OU loss is behind us. We did bad job of sharing ball on Saturday and that was emphasis in today’s game. We did that for the most part. This win builds momentum. We said we need to get on streak before heading into SEC play. Every game is a momentum builder. We know what’s at stake and every day we have to keep working hard.”

Texas A&M Junior Guard Fabyon Harris
On his night
“Coach told me I might be coming off the bench, so I accepted that role, came in and did what I could do to help the team. It felt good. I was out there just playing and not thinking so hard. I just played hard instead.”

On his success behind the arc
“Like Elston said, Coach said that if it’s open, let it fly. So I wasn’t thinking, I was just letting it fly. And it was going in.”

A&M-Corpus Christi Head Coach Willis Wilson
Opening statement
“From our perspective, we have so many moments when we look like a really good basketball team, then we have moments where we look like we have never played the game before. It’s frustrating for everyone--for the kids and for the coaches. What it does over time is you get a lot of mixed singles about what you need to do to move forward. We’ve made progress, but you can’t win if you let A&M score on 7 of 9 possessions to start the game. That’s to their credit. I think A&M has made a lot of progress from last year, there’s a level of toughness and grit I see in them that I hope we can develop. We have a little ways to go but this is a good experience for our guys and a learning experience for our guys. We’re just trying to discover ourselves.”

On the team’s effort
“We allowed our missed shots to affect our defensive effort. That’s what happens to young teams. You miss a shot and you get down. The exact opposite has to be the case. You have to grind and play the scoreboard and battle to try and stay on pace. We had good looks. We have to make open shots. Right now we’re putting so much pressure on our defense because we’re not making open shots and we’re not expecting them to be made. And that’s got to change.”

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