North Texas vs Texas A&M

No. 16 Aggies handle Mean Green for fourth straight win wire reports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Donald Sloan likes what he sees from No. 16 Texas A&M's rugged defense.

"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 Green.

"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 good start."

Jones added that he was impressed with A&M's toughness - especially defensively.

"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."

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The Aggies get a lift from senior guard Donald Sloan, who scores a game-high 21 points.  (AP)
The Aggies get a lift from senior guard Donald Sloan, who scores a game-high 21 points. (AP)
North Texas (5-3)254065
Texas A&M #16 (8-1) «403575
NTX:Eric Tramiel 17 Pts
NTX:George Odufuwa 9 Reb
NTX:Josh White 5 Ast
TXAM:Donald Sloan 21 Pts
TXAM:Bryan Davis 6 Reb
TXAM:Donald Sloan 4 Ast

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Texas A&MNorth Texas
Donald Sloan
Eric Tramiel
North Texas Mean Green
J. White, G385-134-625115
G. Odufuwa, F315-82-491312
R. Thomas, G311-52-24345
E. Tramiel, F316-114-762517
T. Thompson, G263-83-33209
S. Shorter, G221-30-00142
J. Holmen, F91-40-01003
C. Spencer, F61-20-03032
B. Knox, C30-00-00010
A. Williams, G30-00-00000
N. Goff, GDid Not Play
K. Hogans, FDid Not Play
D. Johnson, GDid Not Play
C. Mangrum, GDid Not Play
A. Matlock, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5415-2228142165
Texas A&M Aggies
D. Sloan, G345-810-1034221
D. Roland, G314-71-242110
D. Harris, G252-60-04125
B. Davis, F216-93-660315
N. Walkup, F151-50-02043
D. Loubeau, F255-72-240412
B. Holmes, G202-54-40019
K. Middleton, F160-10-03130
N. Hibbert, G120-20-03200
J. Blasczyk, C10-00-00000
D. Lewis, GDid Not Play
A. Darko, GDid Not Play
C. Chapman, GDid Not Play
M. Carrell, FDid Not Play
S. Schepel, GDid Not Play
R. Turner, FDid Not Play
J. Adams, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5020-2429102075
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arkansas St.10-419-877
Georgia St.10-517-10125
Ga. Southern10-517-11124
Coast. Car.9-614-14141
Texas St.8-615-11208
UL Lafayette6-816-11144
S. Alabama6-813-14222
Little Rock4-1013-14246
App. St.3-128-18265

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia10-522-631
Iowa St.10-518-941
Oklahoma St.8-719-928
Kansas St.6-917-1160
Texas Tech5-1017-11100
Other games
Mich St 69 Final
CIT 56
LB St 74 Final
Texas 107