The No. 23-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (17-4, 3-3 Big 12) blew the No. 10 Texas Longhorns (16-4, 3-2 Big 12) off the courth in the first 12 minutes of play and then cruised to an 80-63 win in a Big 12 Conference showdown on Wednesday night at a sold-out Reed Arena. Josh Carter had a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Aggies.
The game could not have started any better for Texas A&M.
The Aggies rolled to a 19-3 lead in the first six minutes of the game and extended that lead to 31-10 with 8:30 left in the first half.
From that point forward, the Aggies and Longhorns largely traded baskets the remainder of the first half and A&M took a 46-28 lead to halftime.
Dominique Kirk pace the Aggies in the first half with 11 points.
Texas chipped away at the Aggie leading in the second half, pulling within 11 points, 59-48, with nine minutes left in the game. That was to be a close as the Horns would come.
Texas A&M rebuilt the lead to 20 points, 76-56, with 2:12 left in the game.
From there, the Aggies cruised to a 80-63 victory over the Longhorns.
The Aggies shot 56.3% while An agressive Aggie defense held Texas to 33.8% shooting.
We said before the game that two keys to watch for are rebounding and free throws. In all 16 of Texas A&M's wins, the Aggies had out-rebounded its opponent and have had more free throw attempts.
This game held to form, as Texas A&M out-rebounded Texas 37-30 and had 28 free throw attempts to the Horns' 21..
Josh Carter led the Aggies with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds. Dominique Kirk and Joseph Jones each scored 14 points for the Aggies. DeAndre Jordan came off the bench to score 10 points and pull down 5 rebounds.
The Aggies held Texas' super point guard D.J. Augustin to just 14 points (6-of-19) and forward Damion James to only 4 points (1-of-6). Dexter Piuttman came of the bench to score 14 points for the Horns.
This was a huge win for the Aggies.
Texas A&M now prepares to host the Oklahoma Sooners onm Saturday afternoon.