Aggies roll to 79-39 rout of Detroit

Freshman DeAndre Jordan (left) led No. 11 ranked Texas A&M to a 79-39 rout of Detroit on Wednesday night.

Freshman center DeAndre Jordan (left) led No. 11 ranked Texas A&M to a 79-39 rout of the University of Detroit Mercy Titans (4-6) on Wednesday night in front of a Reed Arena crowd of 8,912.

It was the third straight victory for the Aggies (10-1) and their most lopsided of the season.

The Aggies led 17-10 in the first half before both teams went on a scoring drought that spanned more than four minutes.

A fastbreak layup by Bryan Davis with about nine minutes left got the Aggies back on the board, and the Aggies went on a .13-2 run that gave the Aggies a 30-12 lead with 5:01 left in the first half.

DeAndre Jordan scored the last six points of the half and the Aggies led 36-15 at halftime.

Texas A&M opened the second half on a 9-0 run. The Aggies were ahead 51-22 when sophomore Derrick Roland scored seven straight points in less than 1 1/2 minutes to put the game farther out of reach.

DeAndre Jordan was a force on both offense and defense on Wednesday night, scoring 14 points and pulling down 8 rebounds..

"I thought DeAndre Jordan played his best game since he's been here," first-year Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said. "I know it wasn't his best numbers, but it was his best defensive game by far. I just want him to do all those little things defensively. There were times before when I felt like he was hurting us out there on defense and he did all those little things tonight."

Jordan, who leads the nation in field goal percentage, missed only the last of his eight shots. He is 46-of-58 (79.3 percent) over his first 11 games.

He hasn't been nearly as good at the free throw line, however, and he missed all three free throws he took Wednesday and is just 12-of-43 overall.

Jordan's only miss from the field against Detroit came with about seven minutes left when his layup rolled in and out.

He set a Big 12 record for consecutive field goals in November when he made 17 without a miss.

The 7-footer said he is gaining confidence with each game and that could spell trouble for future opponents..

"Those first couple of games I was pretty nervous," he said. "With 11 games now I've kind of gotten used to it and gotten into a routine."

Junior Josh Carter scored 11 points, making 3-of-6 treys, his fifth straight game in double figures.

Sophomore Bryan Davis scored 10 points with 5 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocked shots. *Senior Dominique Kirk scored 9 points with a season-high 7 rebounds.

Jon Goode had 13 points for the Titans (4-7), who lost their fifth straight. It was the first time in five games Goode hadn't scored at least 20 points.

The Aggies held Detroit to 24 percent shooting and have held eight of their first 11 opponents to less than 40 percent.

The Aggies have out-rebounded every opponent this season. Coming into tonight's game, the Aggies ranked fifth nationally in rebounding margin (+11.7).

Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon was impressed with his team's defense Wednesday night after what he deemed a lackluster performance in the last game, a 64-37 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The Aggies said they focused on defense in practice this week.

"I think we came out and executed well and played solid on defense," Aggies sophomore Donald Sloan said. "That's what we've been working on all week. In our last game we got caught up in the scoring and didn't play defense like we do."

Tonight's win was the 100th for Texas A&M at Reed Arena. The Aggies are 100-47 in their 10th year in the building but are 59-6 in the last four years, including winning 31 of their last 32 home games.

The Aggie 8-game homestand continues on Saturday afternoon when they host Cal Irvine.


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