Aggies Shooting For .500 in SEC
This story originally published on Websider.com
Tennessee Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin
Aggie Websider Publisher
Posted Feb 23, 2013


After back-to-back road contests the Texas A&M men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Reed Arena on Saturday where it will host Tennessee at 3 p.m. The Aggies will be shooting to square their SEC record at 7-7 and remain in the hunt for an NIT bid.

After back-to-back road contests the Texas A&M men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Reed Arena on Saturday where it will host Tennessee at 3 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised by the SEC Network.

The Aggies (16-10, 6-7 SEC) are coming off a road win at Auburn on Wednesday during which they used solid free throw shooting down the stretch to close out the Tigers. In the second half, A&M was 13-of-14 from the charity stripe, including a perfect 6-of-6 mark during the game's final 27 seconds.

Leading the way offensively for the Aggies was senior Elston Turner, who made 6-of-12 shots from the floor with four 3-pointers and a perfect 5-of-5 mark from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 21 points. It marked the 12th time during Turner's A&M career that the Sacramento, Calif., native eclipsed the 20-point mark.

Texas A&M owned an edge in the rebounding column on Wednesday night due primarily to the contributions of redshirt sophomore Kourtney Roberson, who pulled down a game-high 10. The Arcadia, La., native leads the Aggies with 181 boards this season and an average of 7 rebounds per contest.

Also making a big impression on the court was Alex Caruso, as the multi-talented freshman from College Station set career-highs in minutes played (37), points (14) and assists (8) against the Tigers.

Junior guard Fabyon Harris, who ranks second on the Aggies with an 11.5 point per game average, missed the Tennessee game with an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day for the Tennessee game.

The Volunteers, who are one of the SEC's hottest teams after four straight wins, come to Aggieland with a 15-10 overall record and a 7-6 mark in conference play.

Led by second-year head coach Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee features a talented roster that includes guards Jordan McRae, who ranks eighth in the SEC with a 14.6 point per game average, and Trae Golden, who averages 11.4 points per contest.

On the interior, sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes averages close to a double-double at 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest.


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