No. 25 Texas A&M beats Alcorn State 56-44
COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Ray Turner scored 16 points and No. 25 Texas A&M overcame a sleepy start and awful shooting to defeat Alcorn State 56-44 on Wednesday night.
David Loubeau added 14 points and Naji Hibbert had eight rebounds for the Aggies (5-1), who won their 64th consecutive nonconference 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. The Aggies outscored Alcorn State 20-2 on the fast break, and 42-26 in the paint.
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.
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.
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.