November 2, 2006

Law hurt as Aggies beat Midwestern State, 79-54

The Texas A&M basketball team opened up the exhibition portion of their schedule with a 79-54 victory over Midwestern State Wednesday night at Reed Arena.

Billed as a triumphant return to Reed Arena after last season's exciting run in the NCAA Tournament, the fortunes of the No. 13 ranked Aggies were in question just five minutes into the game when Rivals.com preseason All-American point guard Acie Law fell hard to the court on a layup.

Law appeared to have hurt his hip or lower back and was gingerly assisted to the locker room. He later reappeared on crutches, but his status was not known late Wednesday night.

A&M's MASH unit didn't end there. Joseph Jones was in street clothes and did not play for precautionary measures and point guard Logan Lee, who endured a season-ending knee injury last year, limped off the court in the second half, but later seemed fine.

With two of A&M's most notable veterans out of action, other players stepped up to the plate and seized the opportunity. After a sloppy opening to the game that saw A&M remain scoreless for the first 4:35 minutes of the game, senior Antanas Kavaliauskas and junior Dominique Kirk took control of the action and proved that they can step up and lead the team in the absence of its high profile veterans.

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