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December 28, 2006

No. 11 Texas A&M blasts Grambling 101-27

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -Josh Carter and Texas A&M got off to fast start and Grambling State couldn't keep up.

Carter tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and the 11th-ranked Aggies scored the first 28 points in a 101-27 win over Grambling State on Thursday.

Texas A&M won its 15th straight home game and posted the most lopsided win by a Big 12 team in the conference's history.

Carter also tied a Big 12 record with seven 3s in the first half and Joseph Jones finished with 20 points for the Aggies (11-2), who also set a school record for most points in a first half while taking a 65-13 lead at the break.

"Our offense brought the ball to me, they were leaving me open and I was knocking them down today," said Carter, who finished with eight 3s in a game for the second time this season.

Kendric Baker made a 3-pointer with 11:41 left in the first half to stop Texas A&M's 28-0 run to open the game.

"I think our team is maturing into a pretty good team that really understands where the weapons are and where to find them," Aggies coach Billy Gillispie said. "Grambling has been off and was a little bit rusty, but we made a bunch of shots at the start so we got a big lead on them and continued to build from there."

The Aggies shot 64 percent in the first half and limited Grambling (2-5) to 21 percent shooting in the half and 19 percent for the game. The 27 points were the fewest allowed by Texas A&M since the Aggies defeated TCU 48-22 in 1948.

``We wanted to come out and get off to good start,'' Acie Law said. "Coming back from a break, we didn't want to give them any momentum at the start of the game. We were making shots and finishing plays. We got some stops and were able to go from there."

Carter, Jones and Donald Sloan combined to make three straight 3-pointers to make it 84-21 with 11:30 left before Gillispie took his starters out for good.

``He was having one of those nights,'' Law said of Carter. ``He is capable of having that kind of game where he just gets going and we feed him the ball so he can shoot it.''

Law added 13 points and a career-high 14 assists and Sloan had 12 points.

The Aggies scored 49 points off 30 turnovers by Grambling.

``Nothing is easy in college basketball,'' Gillispie said. ``When you are shooting the ball like we were shooting the ball tonight, it gets lopsided in a hurry. I thought we did a lot of really good things. After the first four or five minutes our pace was very good.''

Baker and Anthony Williams scored six points apiece for the Tigers.

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