January 12, 2009

A&M needs more from Big Three

It's been a long time since Texas A&M senior Josh Carter was held scoreless in a game. It's been nearly two years since Carter put up a goose egg against Nebraska in a 66-55 Aggie win at Reed Arena on Feb. 25, 2006. Back then Carter was just a sophomore and played just 11 minutes against the Cornhuskers.

A lot has changed since then as Carter has become A&M's leading scorer the past two seasons and headed to Stillwater for A&M's Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State once again leading the Aggies on the scoreboard, but after 24 minutes in A&M's 72-61 loss to the Cowboys, Carter was 0-7 from the field with zero points.

It's something that can't continue to happen if the Aggies hope to have success in the Big 12.

"He had some good looks and he didn't knock them down, and then we shot it too quick and turned it over too much to give them more opportunities," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "We do a lot to try to get Josh the ball and that was kind of a dysfunctional game, but Josh has to do more to create his own shot too. You look at the best players on teams and they can figure out how to create their own shot at times, and Josh needs to continue to work on that. He needs to do that more for us."

Getting Carter open on the perimeter where the senior has historically gotten most of his points is one thing, but with opponents planning on stopping Carter for the 3-point line he's got to get more aggressive off the dribble. It's something that Carter has been working on and doing more this season, but Saturday he didn't find much success.

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