February 28, 2009

Aggies get fourth in a row in rout over ISU

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M senior small forward Josh Carter caught fire at Nebraska on Tuesday, and he still hasn't cooled off as Iowa State found out Saturday in A&M's 87-69 win over the Cyclones at Reed Arena. Carter poured in a season-high 29 points, shooting 7-10 from the 3-point arc and 9-12 overall.

But Carter has been hot for much longer than Saturday. Over A&M's last seven games, Carter has now averaged 17.4 points per game, which shouldn't be a surprise when considering he's A&M's leading scorer and also watching his senior season come to a close. But on a team that was once 3-7 in the Big 12 conference, Carter has led the Aggies to a 7-7 mark and all-of-a-sudden optimism about his team's NCAA tournament chances.

"My teammates were setting good screens for me and was just knocking down shots tonight," Carter said. "I'm just trying to be a little bit more aggressive. I'm actually taking more shots that I wouldn't have taken before. I still don't like forcing shots. That's just not the player I am and I like having the game come to me, but whenever I'm in a groove I like to shoot."

Carter led the Aggies (21-8, 7-7 Big 12) at the half with 11 points, but it was Carter's two made free throws and a defensive rebound that kickstarted an A&M 9-2 run to close out the half and give A&M a 44-37 lead as the two teams heading into the locker room.

Carter started off the second half the same way with a jump shot 13 seconds into the half and a steal on the other that got the Aggies off to a 10-2 run out of halftime. With the combined 19-4 run, the rout in Aggieland was on.

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