COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Freshman J-Mychal Reese scored eight of his 15 points in the final 3 minutes as Texas A&M defeated Stephen F. Austin 62-54 on Wednesday night.
Reese matched his career high and kept the Aggies (6-1) unbeaten in 14 games all-time against the Lumberjacks. Reese made a couple of floaters from the lane and made four free throws down the stretch. Ray Turner also scored 15 points for Texas A&M.
Antonio Bostic and Taylor Smith led the Lumberjacks with 14 points apiece. Stephen F. Austin (5-1) is off to its best start since 1981.
Texas A&M led throughout the second half, but the Lumberjacks pulled within 52-48 with 3:45 remaining on a 16-footer by Thomas Walkup. Reese responded with an 8-foot runner on a fast break, then Ray Turner scored inside after an SFA turnover.
Elston Turner scored 10 points despite missing most of the first half with an ankle injury.
Texas A&M Men's Basketball
Texas A&M 62, Stephen F. Austin 54
Dec. 5, 2012 ● Reed Arena
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M won its fourth straight contest Wednesday night, improving to 7-1 on the season ... Stephen F. Austin, meanwhile, dropped its first game of the year to fall to 5-1.
● Additionally, A&M improved to 105-10 (.913) during non-conference games at Reed Arena.
● Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with SFA by the count of 19-3 ... A&M also holds a 15-game winning streak over the Lumberjacks dating back to 1970.
● The Aggies shot 20-for-40 (.500) in the game, marking the third time this season A&M has hit the 50 percent mark or better in field goal percentage ... on the opposite end, the 'Jacks converted 23-of-58 (.397) shots in the contest.
● The Texas A&M bench was a big factor in the contest, as the Aggie reserves outscored their SFA counterparts by a count of 31-6.
● Texas A&M tallied a season-high seven blocks Wednesday night, led by Kourtney Roberson and Ray Turner who each had two to via for the team lead.
● The game featured seven lead changes and three ties.
● Coming off the bench for the first time this season freshman guard J'Mychal Reese made 5-of-8 shots from the floor and 5-of-6 attempts from the free throw line to tie his career-high with 15 points.
● Senior forward Ray Turner also contributed 15 points to tie Reese for high-point honors in the game ... it marked the 25th double-figure scoring game of Turner's four-year A&M career.
● Junior forward Andrew Young enjoyed a solid evening, scoring a season-best nine points to go along with three rebounds, a block and a steal ... Young was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
● Senior guard Elston Turner missed part of the first half with an ankle injury but returned after halftime to finish with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting for the night ... for the Sacramento, Calif., native it was his eighth consecutive game of double-digit points.
● A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is now 21-19 in his second season at Texas A&M and 232-198 in 15 years as a head coach.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Texas A&M led 31-28 after 20 minutes of play.
● The Aggies used an 11-0 run to open a game-high, 12-point advantage, 18-6, with 9:02 to play ... SFA went almost six minutes without a field goal before scoring at the 8:37 mark of the half.
● SFA countered with an 18-5 run of its own over the next 5:35 to take a one-point lead at 24-23 with 3:06 to play.
● The Aggie bench contributed 17 of A&M's 31 first half points, led by Andrew Young's seven points and five from both Jordan Green and J'Mychal Reese.
● Texas A&M shot 10-for-19 (.526) from the floor during the period while SFA made 12-of-24 (.500) shots.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● The Aggies outscored the 'Jacks 31-26 during the second half.
● A&M shot 10-of-21 (.476) after the intermission compared to 11-of-34 (.324) shooting for SFA.
● Freshman J'Mychal Reese led all scorers with 10 points following halftime, making 3-of-4 second half field goal attempts.
● Texas A&M opened the second half on a 6-0 run to build a 36-28 advantage.
● Although the 'Jacks never led after halftime, they did cut the A&M lead down to just two at 41-39 with 12:06 to play.
● The Aggies will take a 10-day layoff from games during finals week ... the next game for A&M will be on Dec. 15 when it travels to Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena to face Oklahoma during the All-College Classic ... the game will be televised on ESPNU.
● Stephen F. Austin, meanwhile, will host LSU-Shreveport on Dec. 8.
Texas A&M Basketball
Texas A&M 62, Stephen F. Austin 54
Dec. 5, 2012 ● Reed Arena
Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
"I thought that was a very good win, we beat a very good team and a disciplined team. We overcame some diversity with Elston being injured in the first half. We got some good minutes from J'Mychal and I'm really proud of the way he played."
On imposing your will:
"They are hard to speed up. In the first ten minutes we played the way we wanted to play and got a 12-point lead, but then when Elston went down and after the game settled in we got soft defensively. They were tougher than us on a lot of plays. We need to be more productive with our post guys around the basket."
On plays after Elston's injury:
"We tried to go inside, we had size advantage but we didn't finish. We need to be able to consistently make layups, especially against teams that are smaller than us. There won't be many more of those."
On preparing for next game with a 10-day lay-off:
"Just to get more consistent at what we are doing now. Getting some guys to know what we are doing. Guys don't respond well in the pressure of the game and we have a lot of new guys playing a lot of positions. We need to get more consistent and better with what we are doing now."
On team composure after the injury to Elston:
"I thought we handled it well early on. When we started substituting the level of play went down on the defensive end. We only have two seniors who have played Division I basketball and be successful at it. We are thin and don't have a lot of depth."
Texas A&M Senior Forward Ray Turner
On stepping up after Elston's injury:
"We didn't know what was going on, so I knew from that point on that I had to do my role as a senior and step up for my team and be there for them."
"We have big individual workouts. We need to start being able to dominate inside. When we do get the ball back to the basket we need to make sure we can be physical and go through them and not away from them."
Texas A&M Junior Forward Andrew Young
On stepping up after Elston's injury"
"Elston throughout our first six or seven games has been our catalyst, especially scoring-wise. So it had to be a collective effort to pick up the scoring and come together as a unit."
"I don't want to jump ahead; we played against team that was smaller inside. It's nice to have a game like this to get a little more confidence. I just need to keep working hard and get into the gym every day."
"I think that the beauty of the game is you can improve on any aspect of it continuously."
On preparing for a team:
"Every game is different, and you have to prepare for every game in a different way."
SFA Head Coach Danny Kaspar
"I think we were not ready to play at the beginning; we made a great comeback but it took a lot of energy. We got tired at the end; I played three guys for more than 35 minutes. The fatigue factor set in with some key people. I give A&M credit; I think they are a good team. I am proud of my team, but it's disappointing that we let a close one get away from us."
"I've got to get more from my bench. If we could have just two or three more contributors, maybe we wouldn't make the mistakes at the end and allows us pull it out."
On losing to A&M:
"If you're going to play a bigger, stronger, more athletic team, you cannot let that margin of error be so big. They didn't surprise us with anything. To beat a team like A&M, you are going to have to have more production from your bench."