No. 25 Texas A&M 56, Texas A&M-CC 43

Elston Turner and No. 25 Texas A&M turned to their stifling

defense to overcome a rusty performance Saturday.

Turner scored 14 points and the Aggies clamped down on Texas

A&M-Corpus Christi during an ugly 56-43 victory.

Ray Turner had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Aggies

(4-1), who played for the first time in eight days and held the

Islanders to 27.8 percent shooting. It was the lowest shooting

percentage for an Aggies opponent since the first round of the 2008

Big 12 tournament, when Iowa State finished at 27.4 percent.

”We didn’t come in here ready,” Ray Turner said. ”Their team

came in here and kept fighting, and we let ourselves down by not

being ready mentally and physically.”

Hameed Ali, Johnathan Jordan and Jake Kocher made consecutive

3-pointers to help Texas A&M-Corpus Christi close to 45-39 with

7:45 left, but Ray Turner scored on an offensive rebound on Texas

A&M’s ensuing possession and the Aggies outscored the Islanders

11-4 the rest of the way.

Myron Dempsey had 14 points for the Islanders (1-3).

”We were lethargic at the start and had a wait-and-see

attitude,” Islanders coach Willis Wilson said. ”The thing we have

to improve on most is shooting the basketball.”

Texas A&M went 5 for 8 from 3-point range in the first half

and led 30-16 at the break. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi missed all

10 of its 3-point attempts in the first half, and finished 3 of 17

from long range.

Elston Turner tied a career high with four 3-pointers, and

freshman Jordan Green had 10 points and six assists. The Aggies

also won their 63rd consecutive nonconference home game.

”For whatever reason we’re having a hard time being consistent

with our effort and with our efficiency and decision making,”

Aggies first-year coach Billy Kennedy said.

Texas A&M was once again without guard Khris Middleton, who

is recovering from a knee injury and is expected back in about two

weeks. Fill-in Green also had four rebounds.

”He’s a hustle guy, and when you have someone like that the

whole team feeds off of it,” Elston Turner said of Green.

”Sometimes when we’re not into the game enough, we see him dive on

the floor for a loose ball and it fires everyone up.”

The Aggies had 12 turnovers in the first half and six in the

second half, continuing a frenetic pace under Kennedy. They also

outscored the Islanders 10-0 on the fast break.

”We have to be able to slow down at times,” Kennedy said.

”Our guards get to going and pushing the ball and we’re struggling

to slow it down. That takes time, and we just have to make better

decisions.”

The Islanders, who beat Utah State 58-55 on Tuesday in Corpus

Christi, outrebounded the larger Aggies 39-37.

”To see us come out on the upside in rebounds is pretty

important,” Wilson said. ”That’s what we’re trying to hang our

hats on.”