Rice hung with No. 10 Texas A&M early, but the Aggies pulled away late in the first half, and went on to a 68-41 win over the Owls. DeAndre Jordan and Josh Carter each scored 16 to lead the Aggies to their 6th straight win.
After six minutes of play, Rice was tied with the Aggies 8-8, and stayed within two for almost twelve minutes of the game. Joseph Jones then scored five straight points as part of a 18-5 Texas A&M run to give the Aggies a 33-18 halftime lead.
A Josh Carter 3-pointer gave the Aggies a 38-18 lead early in the second half.
Rice played level with the Aggies for the next ten minutes of the game, before DeAndre Jordan made a layup, was fouled, and sunk a free throw to give A&M a 53-31 lead with just over eight minutes left in the game.
From there, the Aggies cruised to a 68-41 win over Rice.
Freshman center DeAndre Jordan scored 16 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and had 4 blocked shots in just 20 minutes of play.
Joseph Jones (pictured above) scored 14 points and had 9 rebounds, while Josh Carter scored 16 points.
It was another strong defensive performance for Texas A&M, as the Aggies outrebounded the Owls 49-38 and held Rice to a 26.8% field goal percentage.
Lawrence Ghoram had 16 points and six rebounds for Rice (3-8).
Texas A&M (13-1) moved back into the Top 10 on Sunday, ranked No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The Aggies aare ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll.
Texas A&M now prepares to host perenial power LSU in a nationally televised contest on Saturday night.