Coming off victories over Clemson and Minnesota in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, No. 19 ranked Texas A&M returned home to host Prairie View at Reed Arena on Wednesday night in a game that was supposed to provide little challenge for the Aggies.
But less than four minutes into the game, Texas A&M found itself trailing Prairie View by nine, 15-6.
"We started slow. Sometimes we get this really cool attitude," Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said. "Prairie View was fired up and ready to go. Their quickness gave us some problems."
Texas A&M still trailed by eight, 17-9, at the 9:41 mark in the first half, when they began to mount a comeback.
The Aggies tied the game at 21 on a David Loubeau layoff with 5:26 left in the first half, and used a 26-8 run to open up a 35-25 halftime lead.
The Aggies opened the second half with a 14-5 run to extend the lead to 19, 49-30, and cruised to an 84-59 win over Prairie View.
Freshman Khris Middleton had a breakout game for the Aggies, coming off the bench to score 17 points.
Middleton hit consecutive 3-pointers during a key surge late in the first half that finally put Texas A&M (6-1) in control.
The 6-foot-7 Middleton has struggled early in his college career shooting just 22 percent from the field, including 1 of 11 on 3-pointers. But against the Prairie View, he went 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 8 from long range.
"We know what he's capable of. He can score so quickly," Turgeon said. "It's amazing what a couple of shots can do for your confidence. I had heard a couple of seniors saying, 'We need to get Khris going.' He's a streak shooter."
The Aggies played all 14 players on their bench, with nine players seeing over 16 minutes and none over 25 minutes.
Michael Griffin had 16 points for Prairie View (3-3).
Texas A&M now leads the all-time series 9-0 between the two schools.