November 2, 2007

A&M takes care of Emporia State in first exhibition

Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon paced the sideline Thursday night at Reed Arena for the first time as new general of the Aggie program as A&M beat Emporia State, 85-73, in the an exhibition. Pacing the sideline is a good way to describe it as the No. 14 Aggies never had complete control of the game over the Division II Hornets.

The Aggies looked sloppy on offense, which was expected. Defensively, however, A&M looked lost at times. That wasn't expected.

"I was disappointed in our defense," Turgeon said. "I thought we were uncharacteristic of what we've done in practice as far as help side, containing the basketball and taking charges. We've been really solid that way, so they made us do some things we didn't want to do defensively."

Offensively, the Aggies are learning a new offense from Turgeon, and it's taking some time to master. Thursday the Aggies put up 85 points and shot 52 percent from the field, but it was obvious that the Aggies haven't gelled with the new offensive philosophy.

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