December 15, 2008

Aggies win despite lack in effort

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Concentration in basketball is usually easy to figure out from the stat page. The fewer turnovers a team commits and the more free throws a team makes usually points in the direction of a team with intense concentration on the court.

Monday night in Texas A&M 67-57 win over Florida A&M, the Aggies were all over the board when it came to concentration. A&M (8-1) committed the second-most turnovers of the season with 17, but at the same time the Aggies set a new Big 12 conference record for free-throw percentage after a perfect 20-20 from the charity stripe.

In the end, the distinct difference in cues left A&M head coach Mark Turgeon confused.

"(Team concentration was) all over the place. Usually free throws are an indication of if you're concentrating, but now I have to change my theory," Turgeon said. "A lot of it is you think you're supposed to beat a team by 20 and then you're out there and you start to force things and go a little bit quicker than you should be going. You start thinking, 'Ah man, this other team beat this team by 20 so we should beat this team by 20.'"

Concentration, however, wasn't an issue for junior center Chinemelu Elonu who put together arguably his best game as an Aggie.

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