November 4, 2008

Scrimmage shows promise

Texas A&M is halfway through preseason camp with the one and only exhibition game of the year against Texas A&M - Kingsville coming up Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Reed Arena. The past Saturday, however, fans were able to get their first glimpse of the Aggies with an open Maroon & White scrimmage prior to the A&M-Colorado game.

The Aggies worked through two sessions, one scrimmage that was two mixed and matched teams and another 16-minute scrimmage between the first-team and second-team. The first team managed a close win, but it was just the first time A&M head coach Mark Turgeon had split the Aggies up into units like that.

"Our guys were really winded and we've had some injuries and we actually had too many guys on the first team so they could never get into a rhythm. We had five guards down there, so the guards could never get into a rhythm during that 16-minute stretch," Turgeon said. "I think it came down to some quick shots and some turnovers. The things we're doing offensively are pretty hard to guard right now and we're making plays. It's been that way in practice. To be honest with you we haven't divided up top guys and so-called lower guys very much, so we're really not used to playing certain lineups. We're hopefully going to do that a little more this week and maybe be better on Wednesday."

The Aggies have been fighting through the aches and pains of the preseason with nicks and bruises here and there. Freshman point guard Dash Harris rolled his ankle on successive days last week and sat out of practice one day. Junior guard Derrick Roland banged his knee while senior small forward Josh Carter banged up hit foot. All three are back on the practice court and working through the minor injuries.

Turgeon, however, is looking forward to Wednesday night's exhibition as it will be the first time he and his coaching staff will have a chance to their team face another team in a 40-minute game. It will go a long way in the Aggies' preparations for the season-opener, which is Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Reed Arena against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

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