November 29, 2008

Aggies rebound with win over Kent State

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - After a Friday night of missed shots that couldn't find their way into the Gulf of Mexico from the South Padre Convention Centre in a loss to Tulsa, Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon shook things up against physically-gifted Kent State. The result may cause Turgeon to shake things up further as the Aggies (5-1) toughed out 77-71 win over the Golden Flashes (3-2) in the third-place game of the South Padre Invitational Saturday.

After using the same starting lineup in each of the first five games this season, with one exception when Nathan Walkup started in place of Chinemelu Elonu against a smaller UNC-Wilmington lineup, Turgeon completely switched it up. Only regular starters Donald Sloan and Josh Carter were in the lineup to start with true freshmen Dash Harris and David Loubeau joining sophomore forward Denzel Bowles in getting their first career starts at A&M.

"I just want Dash to lead the team, but Denzel and Loubeau can score. We got off to a better start because of it," Turgeon said. "Those guys were good. Denzel is still not in the game shape he needs to be, but I think come Big 12 he's going to be a key player for us."

Bowles and Loubeau, obviously fueled from their first collegiate starts, excelled early as the two combined for eight of A&M first 10 points. Bowles would finish with six points while Loubeau was a perfect 6-6 from the field with 12 points and eight rebounds.

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