On Nov. 28, 2014, Texas A&M’s men’s basketball team showed many reasons why those who don’t already have season tickets should think seriously about following the Aggie men, who improved their record to 4-1 and brought the university a win to cheer about after last night’s Thanksgiving Day massacre on Kyle Field. The Aggie men beat the University of New Orleans 87-65 on the strength of nine 3-point shots, seven of which came from new players on the Aggies’ roster. A strong crowd of 5,281 was on hand today to appreciate the victory.
Peyton Allen continues to live up to his potential, shooting 6 of 7 field goals and nailing 4 of 5 of his powerful 3-point shots for 16 total points, today’s team high. Jalen Jones had 15 points and showed his rebounding strength as he pulled in 3 defensive and 2 offensive rebounds, and logged the most time at the free throw line, where he was 7 for 11.
Alex Caruso added 6 points and 6 more assists to his totals, as Caruso was brilliant at unselfishly finding the open player. In his second game for the Aggies, Danuel House made a strong showing. Even though he only made 4 of 11 field goals, House was perfect on his free throws and scored 14 points. In his first home court game this year, Tony Trocha-Morelos had 9 points and 4 rebounds in his 20 minutes of play and Aggie fans can look forward to those numbers improving even more from the 6’10” center.
Another positive asset this season is point guard Alex Robinson, who had nine assists and his career personal-best, also “marked the first time someone besides Alex Caruso led the Aggies in assists since Feb. 20 of last season.” Freshman point guard Avery Johnson Jr. also saw some court time with 2 points and 1 rebound. His previous game play has shown great promise for the coming season.
Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy started the combination of House, Caruso, Jordan Green, Jalen Jones and Tonny Trocha-Morelos for the first time this season. Although the Aggies were a bit slow off the starting point as a result, it didn’t take long to show why Jones’ joining the team plus the addition of House and Trocha-Morelos has been so long worth the wait. The Texas Aggies men’s team has solid understanding of the Kennedy game plan, which includes playing several groups of players throughout the game.
Tensions ran high at one point as the Aggies’ Tavario Miller and New Orleans’ Terrance Syon matched up for a pair of technical fouls, part of the frustration that comes from trying to get a break after the closely matched first half saw some tight play. Antwan Space had 4 points and grabbed six rebounds, continuing to show his value under the basket but he and Caruso struggled to keep hold of the ball, with 7 turnovers between them. In two plays Space lost, but recovered, the ball, only to have it grabbed away again. Peyton Allen had 2 turnovers, but he had 1 assist, 1 block and 16 points on near-perfect shooting on the day.
Next home game for the Aggie men is next Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm, when they host the Bearcats from Sam Houston State. Single-game nonconference and other ticket specials, including two nonconference games plus the University of Kentucky (in a 3-point pack for $30) are available now, as well as season tickets, which are a good idea, given the quality of play that you can expect to see this year.