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December 8, 2007

A&M takes care of Texas State 109-73

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- DeAndre Jordan and Donald Sloan scored 18 points each and No. 16 Texas A&M bounced back from its first loss with an easy 109-73 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.

Joseph Jones had 12 points and seven rebounds and Josh Carter added 12 points and five boards for the Aggies (8-1), who've won 40 consecutive nonconference home games and 29 of their last 30 home games overall.

The Bobcats (5-3) stayed close for eight minutes, but A&M turned it into a blowout by halftime, getting a feel-good win after a 78-67 loss to Arizona last Sunday.

The Aggies shot 67 percent (41-of-61), their fourth-best shooting night in school history. They also blocked 10 shots, one shy of a school record, and outrebounded Texas State 50-37. The Aggies have outrebounded all nine of their opponents.

Dylan Moseley scored 16 to lead the Bobcats.

The bigger, stronger Aggies opened the game with a 15-5 burst, dunking on four of their first seven baskets.

Moseley hit four 3-pointers over the next three minutes as Texas State closed the deficit to 19-18. Moseley was only 5-of-15 from 3-point range through the Bobcats' first seven games.

After Brandon Bush scored inside to give Texas State a brief 20-19 lead with 12:03 left in the half, the Aggies took control.

Jones scored six points during a 19-2 spurt and Nathan Walkup finished it with a layup off a behind-the-back assist from Bryan Davis that put the Aggies up 38-23.

Jonathan Sloan's free throw with 6:36 left in the half ended a four-minute scoring drought for the Bobcats. Chinemelu Elonu grabbed a rebound and threw down A&M's fifth dunk 30 seconds later.

Walkup hit a 3-pointer and Derrick Roland converted an alley-oop dunk as the Aggies stretched the lead to 45-24.

The Bobcats missed 14 consecutive shots before Ty Gough's pull-up jumper with 3:58 left in the half, Texas State's first field goal in eight minutes.

A&M led 56-35 at halftime after outrebounding the Bobcats 26-17, scoring 28 points in the paint and blocking five shots.

Texas State never threatened after the break as the Aggies continued to dominate inside and work on their dunks. Coach Mark Turgeon had all his starters benched with 5:25 left.

Freshman B.J. Holmes sank a 3-pointer with 3:34 left to give A&M at least 100 points for the first time since a 100-82 win over Texas last Feb. 5.

The victory opened an eight-game homestand for A&M. The Aggies don't play another road game until visiting Texas Tech on Jan. 16.


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