Sloan leads Aggies to 64-53 win over Nebraska

Texas A&M kicked off its 2010 Big 12 campaign by hosting Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies trailed the Huskers in the second half but came back in the final minutes to win 64-53 in its Big 12 opener. Donald Sloan scored 26 points, including 13 of 14 from the free throw line, to lead Texas A&M.

Texas A&M kicked off its 2010 Big 12 campaign by hosting Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies trailed the Huskers in the second half but came back in the final minutes to win 64-53 in its Big 12 opener.

Donald Sloan scored 26 points, including 13 of 14 from the free throw line, to lead Texas A&M.

Bryan Davis added a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Texas A&M scored the first five points of the game and Donald's Sloan's two free throws at the 6:45 mark in the first half gave the Aggies a nine-point lead, 19-10.

Nebraska scored seven sraight in just over a minute to cut the A&M lead to four, 19-15, and pulled to within two, 20-18, on a three-pointer by Eshaunte Jones with three minutes left i n the first half.

B.J. Holmes scored a driving layup with one second left in the first half, was fouled, and made the free throw to give Texas A&M a 26-21 halftime lead.

Nebraska came back in the second half to tie the game, 33-33, by another three-pointer by Eshaunte Jones at the 13:49 mark.

A three-pointer by seldom used freshman forward Christian Standhardinger from Germany gave the Huskers a 42-40 lead with 10:29 left in the game.

Nebraska maintained a lead until the Aggies regained a lead, 44-43, on two Donald Sloan free throws with 8:22 to go.

The free throws were the start of 14-2 run by the Aggies to extend its lead to 56-45 with 3:29 left in the game.

From there, Nebraska got no closer than seven, as the Aggies cruised to a 64-53 win to open Big 12 play.

In addition to Sloan's 26 points and Davis' double-double, Khris Middleton scored 9 points and B.J. Holmes added 8 for the Aggies.

Christian Standhardinger came off the bench to lead Nebraska with 13 points while center Brian Diaz added 10.

The Aggies held the Huskers' leading scorer, guard Ryan Anderson, to 7 points.

This proved to be a hard-fought win for the cold-shooting Aggies, but they gritted this one out with a strong final eight minutes of play to open their Big 12 campaign with a win.

Neither Texas A&M or Nebraska shot well for the game, with the Aggies hitting just 38% of the shots and the Huskers 37%.

Two deciding statistics for this game were the Aggies making 25 free throws to the Huskers' 6, and A&M outrebounding Nebraska 39-25.

Texas A&M (12-3, 1-0 Big 12) now travels to Manhattan, Kansas to face a No. 10 ranked Kansas State (13-2, 0-1) side on Tueday night that will be looking to rebound from a 74-68 upset loss at Missouri on Saturday afternoon.

 


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