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Alcorn State vs Texas A&M

A&M downs Alcorn State in sloppy win

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M didn't enjoy its latest win.

Ray Turner scored 16 points and the 25th-ranked Aggies overcame a sleepy start and awful shooting to defeat Alcorn State 56-44 on Wednesday night.

"Everyone is disappointed because of this game," Turner said. "Even though we got the win, it wasn't good enough."

David Loubeau added 14 points and Naji Hibbert had eight rebounds for the Aggies (5-1), who won their 64th consecutive non-conference home game.

KeDorian Sullivan led the Braves (1-6) with 11 points and eight rebounds.

A&M, in its most off-kilter outing of the early season, missed all 17 of its 3-point attempts.

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"The zone has given us problems this year," Loubeau said of A&M's terrible night of shooting. "We've got to find a half-court offense and go from there."

Alcorn State was only 3 of 11 from beyond the arc.

"We're obviously disappointed we didn't make a shot from the perimeter against their zone," Aggies coach Billy Kennedy said. "Bottom line is if you go 0 for 17 from the 3-point line against the zone, it's going to be difficult to look good offensively."

One place the Aggies looked good was on the run, outscoring Alcorn 20-2 on the fast break, and 42-26 in the paint in overwhelming the Braves with their size, if not shooting acumen.

"We didn't want to give them a good look at the basket," Braves coach Luther Riley said of A&M's awful long-range shooting. "We wanted to take some of their points away by contesting the kick-out pass. It was just a bad shooting night for them, and we were in zone for that reason."

Alcorn led 9-8 with 11:33 remaining in the first half before a layup by Jamal Branch gave the Aggies the lead for good. A&M shot only 40.3 percent (25 of 62), while Alcorn was even worse at 32.7 percent (18 of 55).

Texas A&M, which has won three straight, is still without its top player, guard Khris Middleton, who is expected back in less than two weeks after recovering from surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee.

"[Shooting] has been a concern, especially with Khris out," Kennedy said.

Alcorn State, which lost its sixth consecutive game, outscored A&M 30-16 off the bench, one of the Braves' few highlights on the night and yet another lowlight for A&M.

"We're not getting much help from our bench right now," Kennedy said. "We've got to get more help, or we're just going to have to shorten our rotation."

Texas A&M's five blocks were a season-high, and the seven assists by Aggies point guard Dash Harris were also a season-high.

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It's not easy for Ray Turner and the Aggies, but they manage to pull out their 64th consecutive non-conference home win. (AP)
It's not easy for Ray Turner and the Aggies, but they manage to pull out their 64th consecutive non-conference home win. (AP)
Scoreboard
Alcorn State (0-6)172744
Texas A&M #25 (5-1) «302656
ALCST:K. Sullivan 11 Pts
ALCST:K. Sullivan 8 Reb
ALCST:I. Francis 1 Ast
TXAM:R. Turner 16 Pts
TXAM:N. Hibbert 8 Reb
TXAM:D. Harris 7 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Alcorn StateTexas A&M
ALCST
KeDorian Sullivan
TXAM
Ray Turner
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
11801660
Alcorn State Braves
T. Oakley, G362-120-03115
C. Brand, F331-81-43144
K. McDonald, G191-10-05012
I. Francis, F141-61-11133
J. Moore, G110-20-00100
K. Sullivan, F305-101-280111
J. Hawkins, G214-80-02118
X. Rimmer, G192-31-21006
M. Starks, F142-41-14035
M. Sanders, G20-10-00100
T. Tufono, G10-00-00000
M. Baker, GDid Not Play
Totals 18-555-102761444
 32.7%50.0% 
Texas A&M Aggies
E. Turner, G302-60-03314
R. Turner, F286-94-560416
D. Harris, G261-60-05702
D. Loubeau, F247-130-161414
J. Green, G212-80-34304
J. Branch, G203-50-13216
N. Hibbert, G182-72-28016
K. Davis, C160-20-02020
D. Alexander, F60-10-04010
K. Roberson, F62-20-02004
Z. Kinsley, G-F50-30-01010
K. Middleton, FDid Not Play
A. Baird, GDid Not Play
J. Jahns, FDid Not Play
B. McDonald, GDid Not Play
G. Jolly, FDid Not Play
Totals 25-626-1244161556
 40.3%50.0% 
SWAC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Alabama St.0-01-265
Alcorn St.0-01-4304
Grambling0-01-4333
Jackson St.0-01-4239
Southern U.0-01-4308
Ark.-PB0-01-5205
Alabama A&M0-00-3212
Miss. Val.0-00-5201
Prairie View0-00-5294
Texas So.0-00-5338

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Oklahoma St.0-06-0112
W. Virginia0-06-014
TCU0-05-0168
Texas0-05-041
Baylor0-04-094
Iowa St.0-03-117
Oklahoma0-03-1257
Texas Tech0-03-190
Kansas0-02-1122
Kansas St.0-03-3165
 
Other games
PITT 80 Final
DUQ 69
FAU 54 Final
Kansas 77
Wisc 57 Final
NC 60
UNLV 94 Final
UCSB 88
ND 53 Final
GONZ 73