Texas A&M-CC loses to No. 25 Texas A&M 56-43
Willis Wilson was pleased with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s
performance in the second half of a 56-43 loss at No. 25 Texas
A&M on Saturday. The Islanders’ first-year coach had a much
different opinion about the first half.
”We were lethargic at the start and had a wait-and-see
attitude,” said Wilson, who coached Rice from 1992-2008. ”The
thing we have to improve on most is shooting the basketball.”
Myron Dempsey had 14 points for the Islanders (1-3), who
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
Meanwhile, the Aggies played their first game in eight days and
the rust was evident, especially with 18 turnovers, including a
dozen in the first half.
”We didn’t come in here ready,” said Ray Turner, who finished
with 13 points and eight rebounds. ”Their team came in here and
kept fighting, and we let ourselves down by not being ready
mentally and physically.”
Elston Turner scored 14 points for Texas A&M (4-1), which
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
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.
”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 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.
”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.”
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.
The Aggies 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