December 10, 2007
Holmes passes test with extra burn in win
No. 14 Texas A&M was able to spread the burn around Saturday in its 109-73 win over Texas State at Reed Arena. "Burn," if you didn't already know, means playing time. Freshman center DeAndre Jordan and sophomore guard Donald Sloan were the only players with more than 20 minutes, 23 and 22, respectively.
That means that a lot of Aggies were able to see plenty of "burn" off the bench, which is something head coach Mark Turgeon hopes to accomplish throughout the course of A&M's eight-game home stretch that heads all the way to Big 12 conference play starting in mid-January.
"I was pleased tonight. We shared the ball and shared minutes and played hard. They make you play a style you can't practice and we knew that coming in. I thought we had a great plan of attack and it worked for us. And we finished. We finished on the break. Two-on-1's, 3-on-2's, we finished. We were just good enough defensively. They were playing at an unbelievable level to take the lead in the first half, and then we just controlled the game from there," Turgeon said.
"It was a good win and everybody got to play, and they earned it because we've been practice well and everybody has been practicing well. I'm glad everybody got in. It was a good win for us."
Among some of the players to get a healthy amount of minutes were freshman wing Nathan Walkup, who scored seven points in 14 minutes, and sophomore forward Chinemelu Elonu, who 10 points, five rebounds and one block in 12 minutes.
Another player who figures to make an impact this season is freshman guard B.J. Holmes. Possibly the only true point guard on the Aggie roster, Holmes hasn't been able to log a ton of minutes this season. The 6-foot, 175-pound Holmes hasn't had more than seven minutes in a game, unless you count his 15 minutes against Division II Ouachita Baptist, and didn't play against Ohio State and Arizona.
Saturday, however, Holmes put in 16 minutes of work and had early career highs of nine points and five rebounds to go along with one assist and one steal. The most telling stat would possibly be the fact that he had no turnovers despite having to break a full-court press all game.
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