February 6, 2007

Carter steals the show in win over Longhorns

It was billed as a match up between two of the most clutch second half performers in the country in Texas freshman Kevin Durant and Texas A&M senior guard Acie Law. And even though both players shone bright in A&M's 100-82 win Monday at Reed Arena, it was another that stole the show.

A&M sophomore Josh Carter has shown flashes of brilliance this season from the perimeter and off the dribble, but until Monday night he hadn't put it all together. After an array of offensive output that equaled 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists, Carter has put his name firmly on the map.

Sixteen of Carter's points came in the second half after Law was hobbled by a rolled ankle, and a lot of those points came in the grill of the Durant - the national Golden Boy and Monday's officials' as well.

"That's what I believe Josh can be on a daily basis," said A&M coach Billy Gillispie. "You know he's going to make shots if he gets them. As far as him developing into the kind of player that I think he can be, because everyone is going to take his shot away and make him be a driver, so when he becomes multi-dimensional to where he can finish plays like that in the lane he's going to be something special."

The potential has been there all season long. After a freshman campaign that saw Carter become a deep threat, he grew an inch and a half and put on about 20 pounds in the weight room. The added bulk is noticeable compared to the lanky freshman that would get roughed up when, and if, he drove the lane.

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