In its final game before opening Big 12 play, Texas A&M hosted North Dakota on Tuesday night at Reed Arena.
There's a reason why North Dakota has an RPI of No. 337 and has not beaten a Division I team this year. The're not very good.
Texas A&M used a dominant defensive performance to totally outclass North Dakota in a 82-41 rout.
Once again the Aggies got off to a fast start, racing to a 14-0 lead in the first four and a half minutes of play.
In the first half, A&M had 7 steals and forced 13 turnovers enroute to a 43-22 halftime lead.
The Aggies outscored North Dakota 13-2 to start the second half to build a 56-24 lead at the 16:11 mark.
From there, Texas A&M (11-3) cruised to a rout of hapless North Dakota (2-14).
The Aggie defense continued its domination from the first half, finishing the game with 13 steals and forcing 24 turnovers.
By contract the Aggies suffered just 2 steals and 7 turnovers.
The Aggies shot 47% for the game but made only 16-of-31 free throws.
Donald Sloan again led the Aggies in scoring with 19 points.
B.J. Holmes ht 5 of 7 three-point attempts for his 15 points.
Bryan Davis had another solid game with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Dash Harris had 6 steals and 4 assists.
Junior forward Derek Benter led North Dakota with 11 points but was their only player to score in double digits.
Oh well, this was fun.
Now back to real competition when the Aggies host Nebraska on Saturday to open its Big 12 campaign.