NCAA Game Summary - Prairie View at Texas A&M
(Wednesday, December 2nd)
Final Score: (19) Texas A&M 84, Prairie View 59
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Khris Middleton poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, as the 19th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies used a strong second half to defeat the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 84-59.
Donald Sloan added 11 points and four rebounds for the Aggies (6-1), who were coming off a 66-65 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Naji Hibbert also tallied 11 points and four rebounds for Texas A&M, which shot 50.9 percent from the field, including 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from three-point range.
"We started slow. Sometimes we get this really cool attitude," Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said. "Prairie View was fired up and ready to go. Their quickness gave us some problems. They had 15 points at the first timeout and then we really started to guard."
Michael Griffin chipped in 16 points for the Panthers (3-3), who were coming off a 101-38 rout of Champion Baptist on Saturday. Dorian McDaniel ended with 11 points and seven rebounds for Prairie View A&M, which shot 37.1 percent from the field.
After each team exchanged three-pointers to start the second half, the Aggies went on an 14-4 run to take control. Hibbert made a shot from beyond the arc to end the burst, giving Texas A&M a 52-32 lead with over 14 minutes to play.
The Aggies put the game away moments later with a 13-2 flurry. Middleton drilled a trey and recorded a three-point play before Hibbert made a three- pointer for a 65-38 lead with 9:42 to go.
Prairie View A&M never got closer than 20 the rest of the way.
Ahead 8-6 early, Griffin used a personal 7-0 spurt to give the Panthers a 15-6 lead just four minutes into the contest.
Texas A&M used an 8-1 flurry later in the half to cut the deficit to one. Derrick Roland's layup made it 18-17 with over 7 1/2 minutes left until intermission.
Down 21-17 moments later, the Aggies went on an 18-3 run. Middleton had a pair of three-pointers during the burst, which David Loubeau capped with a slam for a 35-24 margin. Brandon Webb's foul shot cut the gap to 10 at the break.
Texas A&M outscored Prairie View A&M, 49-34, in the second half...The Aggies opened a three-game homestand on Wednesday...Texas A&M has won 59 straight regular-season non-conference games at Reed Arena...The Aggies are nationally ranked for the first time since February 18, 2008...Texas A&M leads the all- time series with Prairie View, 9-0.
12/03 01:35:32 ET