Aggies Take Down Lumberjacks
Dec. 3, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Lumberjacks got 12 points from Jereal Scott and 10 from Antonio Bostic, but shot just 23 percent in the first half and 28 percent for the game as the No. 25 Texas A&M Aggies took a 55-42 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night at Reed Arena.
SFA (3-3) went nearly eight minutes to open the game without a field goal as the bigger Aggies (6-1) picked up their 16th win in 19 all-time meetings between the teams. Texas A&M owned the glass on the night with a 44-28 advantage and outscored the `Jacks 28-14 in points in the paint.
Texas A&M led by as much as 19 points in the second half before a 10-0 run from the `Jacks cut the lead to nine with six minutes remaining; however, that was as close as it would get for SFA as the Aggies got 17 points from Elston Turner, including four threes, after Texas A&M had gone 0-for-17 from beyond the arc in its last game vs Alcorn State.
Scott and Bostic were the only Lumberjacks to reach double figures on the night, while Taylor Smith had a solid night across the board as well with five points, six rebounds and four blocks off the bench. The `Jacks forced 12 Aggie turnovers on the night while turning it over just six times themselves, a season low, and outscored A&M 13-4 in points off turnovers.
But the `Jacks could not overcome its cold shooting and could only muster six points in the final six minutes, with Turner's triple at the 2:17 mark pushing the lead back to 13 and giving the Aggies the cushion it needed to ride out the remainder of the clock.
Both teams started off slowly with nobody getting on the board for the first three minutes of the game before the Aggies broke the ice on a jumper from Ray Turner. SFA missed its first seven shots from the floor and did not score at all until a pair of free throws nearly six minutes into the game from Taylor Smith. Meanwhile, Texas A&M built its lead to 12-4 in the first 10 minutes of the game and despite hitting just one of its seven three-point tries in the opening period, took a 26-15 lead into the break.
The `Jacks hit just 6 of 26 shots in the first half, including misfiring on all six of their tries from behind the arc while the Aggies took advantage of its size by pumping in 16 of its 26 points from inside the paint. The 15 points for the Lumberjacks marked just the second time in the last five years they have been held to 15 points or less in a single half.
SFA will next return to the court on Friday when it takes on Alabama State on the opening day of the Etech Lumberjack Classic.