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No. 25 Texas A&M beats No. 11 West Virginia 88-65 in Germany

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) �� Tyler Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Admon Gilder scored 23 points and No. 25 Texas A&M overcame a sluggish start to dominate No. 11 West Virginia 88-65 early Saturday in the Armed Forces Classic.

D.J. Hogg added 19 points for the Aggies, who played without suspended forward Robert Williams and point guard J.J. Caldwell. Gilder also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

James "Beetle" Bolden led West Virginia with 19 points. Jevon Carter added 13 and Wes Harris scored 12.

The game was played in a hangar on the sprawling Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany and it marked the only matchup among ranked men's teams on the opening day of the college basketball season.

West Virginia had its highest AP preseason ranking since 2009-10. But the Mountaineers struggled mightily after jumping to an early 13-point lead.

West Virginia got sloppy with the ball and committed several turnovers against the Aggies' zone defense late in the first half.

Texas A&M went on a 19-2 run spanning both halves, with Gilder's 3-pointer giving the Aggies a 57-40 lead with 15:29 left.

By then, the Mountaineers looked spent and Texas A&M kept pouring it on.

Behind Gilder and Hogg, the Aggies' bench outscored West Virginia's reserves 49-25.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies shot well from all areas of the court, including 10 of 19 from 3-point range, and will be a team to watch as the season progresses. Three newcomers got their first starts: freshmen Savion Flagg and JayJay Chandler and graduate transfer Duane Wilson.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers forced five turnovers in the first 5 minutes but their relentless pressure defense took a toll on themselves. West Virginia started the game 10 of 17 from the field and finished 24 of 70 (34 percent).

REDUCED ROSTERS

Williams, who had 11 double-doubles last season and returned to school this season instead of declaring for the NBA draft, was suspended for the first two regular-season games for violating school policy. Caldwell will miss the first four regular-season games. West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad, the team's second-leading scorer last season, also was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and will miss the first half of this season.

BACK FROM SUSPENSION

Gilder and Hogg had been suspended for an exhibition game last week against Tarleton State for violating university policy.

TROOPS SALUTE

The game marked the sixth straight year of the Armed Forces Classic, which has been held at venues around the world with a heavy presence of U.S. military personnel. Michigan State and Connecticut participated in the inaugural event at Ramstein Air Base in 2012. Next year's event will be held at Fort Bliss, Texas.

DO IT AGAIN

The teams met in a rematch of last season's Big 12-SEC Challenge, won by West Virginia 81-77 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas A&M should move up in the AP poll but the Aggies will have some tough tests over the next month, including No. 10 Southern Cal and No. 3 Arizona. West Virginia looks to fall several spots.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M faces UC Santa Barbara at home next Friday.

West Virginia plays American at home next Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 3 Wesley Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Logan Routt 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Logan Routt 2.0
  James Bolden missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Logan Routt 14.0
  Savion Flagg missed jump shot 16.0
  Turnover on Jevon Carter 44.0
  Offensive foul on Jevon Carter 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Chase Harler 48.0
  Chris Collins missed 3-pt. jump shot 50.0
  Bad pass turnover on James Bolden, stolen by Texas A&M 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Sagaba Konate 1:12
Team Stats
Points 88 65
Field Goals 31-64 (48.4%) 24-70 (34.3%)
3-Pointers 10-19 (52.6%) 12-40 (30.0%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 5-9 (55.6%)
Total Rebounds 47 35
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 35 23
Team 2 2
Assists 22 19
Steals 10 7
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 17 16
Fouls 16 19
Technicals 1 1
away team logo
34
T. Davis C
23 PTS, 13 REB
home team logo
3
J. Bolden G
19 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo25 Texas A&M 1-0 454388
home team logo11 West Virginia 0-1382765
Team Stats
away team logo25 Texas A&M 1-0 79.2 PPG 45.9 RPG 18.0 APG
home team logo11 West Virginia 0-1 85.4 PPG 42.2 RPG 16.4 APG
Key Players
3
A. Gilder G 12.4 PPG 5.6 RPG 3.8 APG 48.6 FG%
3
J. Bolden G 10.9 PPG 1.8 RPG 1.8 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
3
A. Gilder G 23 PTS 9 REB 7 AST
3
J. Bolden G 19 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
48.4 FG% 34.3
52.6 3PT FG% 30.0
80.0 FT% 55.6
Texas A&M
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Davis 30 23 13 0 0 1 3 2 10/12 0/0 3/3 4 9
S. Flagg 20 7 3 1 0 0 4 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 1 2
D. Wilson 25 6 1 5 2 1 2 3 2/8 0/3 2/2 0 1
T. Trocha-Morelos 24 3 7 1 1 2 0 3 1/4 0/1 1/4 1 6
J. Chandler 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Davis 30 23 13 0 0 1 3 2 10/12 0/0 3/3 4 9
S. Flagg 20 7 3 1 0 0 4 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 1 2
D. Wilson 25 6 1 5 2 1 2 3 2/8 0/3 2/2 0 1
T. Trocha-Morelos 24 3 7 1 1 2 0 3 1/4 0/1 1/4 1 6
J. Chandler 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Gilder 33 23 9 7 2 0 0 1 8/12 4/5 3/3 1 8
D. Hogg 30 19 7 6 2 0 3 3 5/8 4/6 5/5 1 6
T. Starks 20 7 2 2 2 0 3 1 3/10 1/1 0/1 1 1
C. Collins 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
I. Jasey 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
F. Byers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Caldwell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. French - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Walker III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 88 45 22 10 5 17 16 31/64 10/19 16/20 10 35
West Virginia
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Carter 35 13 2 7 2 0 4 4 4/11 1/4 4/4 2 0
W. Harris 28 12 3 1 0 0 3 1 4/12 4/9 0/0 1 2
L. West 21 8 5 1 2 0 1 2 3/11 2/7 0/0 1 4
S. Konate 21 4 6 3 0 4 2 2 2/3 0/0 0/2 1 5
D. Miles Jr. 21 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 1/6 0/3 1/3 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Carter 35 13 2 7 2 0 4 4 4/11 1/4 4/4 2 0
W. Harris 28 12 3 1 0 0 3 1 4/12 4/9 0/0 1 2
L. West 21 8 5 1 2 0 1 2 3/11 2/7 0/0 1 4
S. Konate 21 4 6 3 0 4 2 2 2/3 0/0 0/2 1 5
D. Miles Jr. 21 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 1/6 0/3 1/3 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bolden 24 19 3 1 1 1 4 1 7/15 5/11 0/0 1 2
C. Harler 16 4 1 2 0 1 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 1
T. Allen 14 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 1/7 0/4 0/0 1 1
L. Routt 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
M. Bender 18 0 6 0 0 2 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 4
D. Hunter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
E. Ahmad - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knapper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 33 19 7 8 16 19 24/70 12/40 5/9 10 23