No. 16 Texas A&,M 75, North Texas 65
Donald Sloan likes what he sees from No. 16 Texas A&M’s
“We just fed off of our defense,” said Sloan, who scored 21
points to lead the Aggies to a 75-65 victory over North Texas on
Monday night. “If we get stops we’re all right. If we don’t –
that’s when we get in trouble.”
Sloan led four A&M players in double figures. Bryan Davis
added 15 points, David Loubeau scored 12 and Derrick Roland had 10
for the Aggies (8-1), who have won four straight.
Eric Tramiel scored 17 points to lead the Mean Green (5-3), who
lost their second in a row.
The Aggies trailed 17-14 with 11:43 remaining in the first half
before outscoring North Texas 26-4 over the next 10 minutes. In
that span, the Aggies forced seven of the Mean Green’s 14 turnovers
in the game.
“They started putting more pressure on us and we let that
affect us,” Tramiel said. “We let their toughness bother us, and
we can’t do that on the road.”
North Texas was 4 of 16 from 3-point range, but the Aggies
weren’t much better with 5 3-pointers in 14 attempts.
Added North Texas coach Johnny Jones: “When you’re playing
against a tough team like that, you can’t make those types of
mistakes. It was a big uphill battle for us (after that).”
The Aggies entered the game shooting 64.1 percent from the
free-throw line, but were 20 of 24 (83.3 percent) against the Mean
“We have a few slip-ups now and then, but we shoot free throws
pretty well,” Sloan said. “Even if the numbers don’t really show
that right now.”
A&M has won 48 consecutive nonconference home games. The
Aggies next play New Mexico in the Toyota Center, home of the NBA’s
Houston Rockets, on Saturday.
Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said he was pleased with how his team
has held up while playing six games over 12 days.
“I thought we had a little fatigue out there,” Turgeon said.
“I was a little concerned about this stretch. We have a long way
to go, but to be 8-1 following the stretch we’ve played – it’s a
Jones added that he was impressed with A&M’s toughness –
“They’re ranked, and rightfully so,” Jones said. “They’re a
senior, experienced team and they played that way tonight. They
step up and make plays when they need to, and that’s what
experience will do for you.”