November 20, 2006
Aggies improve to 4-0
The Texas A&M men's basketball team won the inaugural Shelby Metcalf Classic by easily defeating Lamar, Louisiana Tech and Saint Louis over the weekend.
The Aggies jumped out to a 23-2 lead and never looked back on Friday against Lamar. A&M cruised to a 94-60 win, despite losing the rebounding battle, 46-41. In fact, the Aggies surprisingly gave up 20 offensive rebounds, which is rare given such a lopsided victory. Joseph Jones led the team with 19 points and six rebounds, while Josh Carter (14), Antanas Kavaliauskas (12), Dominique Kirk (12) and Bryan Davis (11) all scored in double figures.
Acie Law continued his slow start in 2008 with a nine point effort, but more importantly committed five turnovers. But with A&M's top player still shaking off the effects of a deeply bruised tailbone, the team easily won by 34 points.
On Saturday, the Aggies faced Louisiana Tech, and the team looked extremely flat. Law again struggled early, and saw limited minutes in the first half. A&M could never generate any momentum, and took a 36-28 lead in the half. Louisiana Tech started the second period with a flurry, and A&M didn't match their intensity. The game closed to 38-36 with 17 minutes to play.
That's when Law finally broke out of his doldrums and took charge, scoring 13 points to finish with 21 on the night with only one turnover. Jones added another 19 points in the 75-59 win. Overall, the defensive play lacked energy and was disappointing with Lamar hitting 37.5-percent from three-point range.
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