No. 11 Texas A&M won its fourth game in a row, pulling away from UC Irvine in the second half for an 88-66 victory in front of a Reed Arena crowd of 8,064 on Saturday afternoon.
Donald Sloan had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead a balanced Aggie attack, as every Aggie starter scored in double figures. Dominique Kirk (pictured above) added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and five rebounds for the Aggies (11-1), who have won 32 of their last 33 games at Reed Arena.
The Aggies led 44-34 at halftime and Josh Carter made two 3-pointers as A&M stretched the lead to 59-43 in the first five minutes of the second half.
A&M made 11 of its first 13 shots to start the second half and led 70-53 after reserve Beau Muhlbach hit a jumper from the wing with 11 minutes left.
As we projected in our preview, the UC Irvine front line did match up better with the Aggies, and the Anteaters shot a respectable 44 per cent, but they just couldn't keep up with the Aggies' scoring pace.
A&M shot 68 percent in the second half (19-of-28) and 63 percent for the game. The Aggies had a 32-22 rebound advantage and have outrebounded all of their 12 opponents./
Texas A&M has won 43 consecutive regular-season nonconference home games.
The Aggies now get a seven-day Christmas break before hosting Florida A&M next Saturday afternoon.