TEXAS A&M ENDS
SEC TOURNEY RUN,
FALLS TO TIGERS, 62-50
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alex Oriakhi scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Thursday night as No. 6 seed Missouri defeated cold-shooting No. 11 seed Texas A&M 62-50 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

62 - 50
Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 11,798
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A&M (18-15) 19 31 50
Missouri (23-9) 28 34 62
 Stats at a Glance
A&M MU
FG Percentage 24.1 44.7
3-Pt FG Percentage 31.3 38.5
FT Percentage 70.8 71.4
Rebounds 31 46
Turnovers 12 19
Points in the Paint 14 28
Points off Turnovers 16 19
Second Chance Points 7 11
Fast Break Points 2 4
Bench Points 14 22
A&M Leaders MU
Harris, 15 Pts Oriakhi, 13
Roberson, 6 Reb Oriakhi/Ross, 10
four with 1 Ast Pressey, 5
Harris, 3 Stl five with 1
Young, 1 Blk four with 1

Texas A&M (18-15) shot a season-low 24.1 percent (14 of 58) in the first SEC tournament confrontation between these two former Big 12 rivals. Missouri (23-9) led from start to finish and earned a quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 seed Mississippi (23-8).

Laurence Bowers, Jabari Brown and Tony Criswell had 10 points each as Missouri benefited from the balanced scoring that has sparked the Tigers' success all season. Missouri is the only major-conference team that has six players with scoring averages in double figures.

Fabyon Harris led Texas A&M with 15 points.

Texas A&M had ranked fourth in the SEC in field-goal percentage (.447) during the regular season, but the Aggies had all kinds of trouble scoring Thursday with star guard Elston Turner playing hurt.

Turner broke the pinkie finger in his left hand March 6 in Texas A&M's 68-57 loss to LSU and sat out the Aggies' regular-season finale. Turner returned to action Wednesday and scored 22 points in a 71-62 victory over Auburn, but he wasn't nearly as effective against Missouri.

The 6-foot-5 senior shot 3 of 17 and scored seven points, only the third time all season he had been held to single digits.

Texas A&M's shooting woes Thursday started immediately.

The Aggies shot 4 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half, but they made just two of their 16 attempts from inside the arc. Turner delivered a fadeaway jumper and a lay-in off the glass in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game, but Texas A&M wouldn't convert another two-point basket until 17:10 remained in the game.

While Harris and Turner teamed up to shoot 6 of 14 in the first half, the rest of the Aggies were a combined 0 for 12.

Although Texas A&M continued misfiring in the second half, the Aggies stayed within striking distance for a while and only trailed 30-23 after Alex Caruso scored with 17:10 left.

But that's as close as they would get.

Missouri then went on a 15-3 run to put the game away. During that spurt, Texas A&M went over seven minutes without a basket.

The Tigers led by as many as 21 points until Texas A&M went on a late run after both teams had emptied their benches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Game Notes

Texas A&M Men's Basketball

Postgame Notes

Missouri 62, Texas A&M 50

March 14, 2013 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tennessee

SEC Tournament - Second Round

TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

● With the loss, Texas A&M fell to 18-15 and bowed out of the SEC Tournament with a 1-1 record.

● Missouri improved to 23-9 with the victory and will face Ole Miss in Friday's quarterfinals.

● Mizzou leads the all-time series, 14-11, although A&M has won nine of the last 12 meetings ... the teams split during the 2012-13 season (Aggies defeated Missouri 70-68 on Feb. 7 in College Station).

TEAM NOTES

● Texas A&M concluded play in its first SEC Tournament with a 1-1 record ... the Aggies have won at least one game in their conference tourney for four straight seasons and six of the last seven.

● A&M started the combination of Fabyon Harris, Elston Turner, Alex Caruso, Kourtney Roberson and Ray Turner for the second straight game and seventh time this year.

● Missouri took control of the first half with a 10-0 run over a nearly 5-minute span of the stanza, one which saw the Aggies miss seven shots in a row before Elston Turner's 3-pointer with four minutes left.

● The Aggies shot 6-of-26 from the floor (23%) in the first half, with four of those buckets coming from behind the arc ... A&M trailed 28-19 at the break ... Mizzou meanwhile scored 14 of its 28 first-half points in the paint.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

● With a running layup at the 16:31 mark of the first half, senior Elston Turner became the 33rd member of A&M's 1,000-point club ... Turner accomplished the feat in just his second season with the Aggies, becoming only the fifth player in school history to do so (Don Marbury - 1,162, Joe Wilbert - 1,123, Tony Milton - 1,015, Bernard King - 1,014) ... Turner finished the game with 1,003 career points.

● Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 15 for the Aggies, his 23rd double-figure game of the year ... it was the 10th time this season that Harris led A&M in scoring.

● Andrew Young's seven points were two shy of his season high, set Dec. 5 vs SFA, and the most points he's scored since the win over the Lumberjacks.

● Kourtney Roberson (6) led A&M in rebounding for the 16th time this season.

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