COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M continued its romp through a soft nonconference schedule with an 88-55 whipping of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night.
The Aggies, 6-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, once again offered up a balanced offensive attack, led by junior-college transfer Jamal Jones' 18 points, and three other Aggies scored in double digits.
A&M has steadily improved from long range over its first six games, and against UAPB shot a season-best 9 of 15 (60 percent) from the 3-point line. Jones led the way from long range by making 5 of 7 3-pointers. The Aggies started fast, built a 44-29 lead at halftime and were never threatened.
Tevin Hammond led the Golden Lions with 15 points, and Daniel Broughton followed with 12.
A&M forced 18 turnovers, including a game-high five by Hammond, although the Aggies had trouble of their own on that front by committing 15.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 88, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 55
Nov. 26, 2013 ● Reed Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Tuesday’s 88-55 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Reed Arena saw Texas A&M remain perfect on the year at 6-0 … It stands as A&M’s best start to a season since the 2007-08 squad began the year with seven straight victories.
● The Aggies now lead the all-time series with the Golden Lions by a margin of 4-0.
● Additionally, Texas A&M improved to 114-11 (.912) all-time in non-conference games inside Reed Arena.
● As a team the Aggies shot 59.6 percent against UAPB, producing their second-best shooting night this season behind a 60.3% shooting performance against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 11.
● The Aggies also enjoyed their best success of the season from 3-point range, where they made 9-of-15 shots (60%).
● UAPB, meanwhile, was held to a season-low 55 points in the loss.
● The Aggies’ depth was on display as the A&M bench outscored its counterparts 52-12.
● A&M also displayed impressive ball movement in the contest by registering a season-high 19 assists on 28 made field goals.
● The Aggies blocked 10 shots to notch their second game with double-digit blocks this year … Last season, A&M ranked last in the SEC by averaging 3.0 blocked shots per game but this season it has already shown great improvement, averaging 7.2 per contest.
● Texas A&M used the starting line-up combination of Alex Caruso, Jordan Green, Kourtney Roberson, Antwan Space and Shawn Smith for the sixth time this season.
● The Aggies owned a 44-29 advantage at halftime.
● Junior guard Jamal Jones enjoyed his best night as an Aggie, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting including a 5-of-7 mark from beyond the 3-point arc … On the defensive end, Jones contributed three blocks and a steal.
● Senior guard Fabyon Harris tied his career best with four assists in the contest, while committing no turnovers … The Chicago native also added 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 ledger from the free throw line.
● Joining Jones and Harris in double-digit scoring were Jordan Green (11) and Kourtney Roberson (11).
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 38-33 in his third season at Texas A&M and 249-212 in 16 years as a head coach.
● The Aggies hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Corpus Christi for the 2013 Corpus Christi Challenge … The Aggies will face Missouri State at 9 p.m. on Friday before returning to the court Saturday to play either SMU or Virginia … Both games will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
● Arkansas-Pine Bluff, meanwhile, will also travel to Corpus Christi to face Sam Houston State on Friday.
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