Louisiana Tech vs Texas A&M

Texas A&M 71, Louisiana Tech 59

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Elston Turner scored 15 points and Fabyon Harris added 14 in his Texas A&M debut as the Aggies cruised to a 71-59 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Texas A&M was up by five before using a 9-3 spurt to stretch its lead to 39-28 with about 15 1/2 minutes left. A 3-pointer by Turner sparked that run, and the Bulldogs missed eight shots in that span.

That wasn't the end of Louisiana Tech's shooting woes. The Bulldogs made just one of their first 11 shots in the second half as A&M pushed the lead to 44-32 with about 11 minutes remaining.

Harris joined the Aggies after two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.

Louisiana Tech was led by Raheem Appleby's 20 points and Brandon Gibson had 13.

Freshman J'Mychal Reese, who was rated the No. 1 high school point guard in Texas as last season, started in his A&M debut and had six points, three rebounds and two assists.

It's the first meeting between these two teams since a 75-59 win by A&M in 2006 in College Station.

Texas A&M's Kourtney Roberson looked good in his first game since breaking his left ankle after playing just nine games last season, and had 12 points and six rebounds. He helped the Aggies dominate inside, and they outscored Louisiana Tech 32-14 in the paint.

It is coach Billy Kennedy's second season with the Aggies, but this was his first season opener. He missed last year's first game after taking a medical leave when he was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

He returned in the time for the second game. But his illness was the beginning of a tough year for Texas A&M, which entered last season expected to contend with Kansas for the Big 12 title in its last season in the conference. Instead, a rash of injuries and inconsistent play doomed the Aggies and they finished 4-14 in conference play and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven seasons.

He's learned to manage his disease now and is looking forward to A&M's first season in the Southeastern Conference.

Texas A&M was up by one in the first half Friday before using an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 22-12 about 6 1/2 minutes before halftime. Harris made five points in that span.

The Aggies led 30-25 at halftime.

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
M. Kyser, F301-62-26124
R. Appleby, G329-222-340120
K. Smith, G311-30-08612
C. Johnson, G213-82-312310
B. Gibson, G193-85-621513
J. Johnson272-21-24037
C. Anderson131-30-02042
A. Hamilton90-11-20101
K. McNeail80-10-01010
J. Lewis70-00-03010
I. Massey30-20-01110
Totals 20-5613-1838122259
 35.7%72.2% 
Texas A&M Aggies
R. Turner, F232-54-45038
K. Roberson, F215-72-360112
E. Turner, G346-130-242015
J. Reese, G302-62-23236
F. Harris, G294-95-734014
A. Caruso252-32-23347
A. Young172-62-28126
J. Green101-51-20023
K. Davis80-00-02020
D. Alexander30-10-00010
Totals 24-5518-2437121871
 43.6%75% 
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Old Dominion9-516-10134
UTEP9-511-15258
Rice8-618-9183
Marshall8-615-12126
UAB8-715-13178
Western Ky.7-713-14218
UT-San Antonio6-811-16300
Charlotte5-911-14233
FAU5-99-16288
So. Miss5-108-19336
North Texas2-128-18332
FIU2-126-21340

Southeastern
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Florida13-223-58
Kentucky13-223-510
S. Carolina10-520-830
Arkansas9-520-735
Alabama9-516-1075
Ole Miss8-717-1166
Tennessee7-715-1252
Vanderbilt7-714-1349
Georgia6-815-1257
Texas A&M6-814-1294
Auburn6-917-1177
Miss. State5-1014-13135
Missouri2-137-20242
LSU1-149-18172
 
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