Longhorns 'Whip' Aggies

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon quipped after Texas's 80-61 thrashing of the Aggies Wednesday night that center Tristan Thompson made shots he didn't know Thompson could hit, including free throws.

Thompson set the early tone for the Longhorns' rout, while Texas forward Jordan Hamilton fended off the Aggies' only comeback attempt.

"We were whipped," Turgeon said, simply.

That whipping started off quickly, with Thompson scoring eight straight to give the Longhorns a 12-5 lead. That advantage ballooned to 16-5 when, following a foul on Alexis Wangmene, Turgeon committed a technical. Wangmene's free throws and Brown's technical free throws gave Texas a 20-5 advantage, but also served to wake up a sleep-walking Aggie squad.

"I had to make an absolute fool of myself to get us going," Turgeon said.

"We just came out soft," conceded Nathan Walkup, Texas A&M senior forward. "They just out-toughed us at the start."

Khris Middleton helped rally the troops, scoring inside and out and propelling the Aggies to within six at 32-26. That's when Hamilton came alive, scoring 12 of Texas's next 14 points. That gave the Longhorns a 17-point lead and essentially put the game out of reach. The Aggies never closed to less than 15 points the rest of the way, while the Longhorns led by as many as 23 late.

Hamilton finished with 27 points and eight rebounds, while Thompson ended with 18 and six, with four blocks.

Middleton led the Aggies with 16 points, though 12 of those came in the first half.

The Longhorns boasted a huge advantage inside, where Hamilton, Thompson and Gary Johnson combined for 59 points and 17 rebounds. Their Aggie counterparts, Middleton, Walkup and David Loubeau scored 31 and had 11 boards. Texas's trio also shot almost 69 percent from the field, about 31 percent better than the Aggie threesome.

Freshman Cory Joseph added that the 16,734 fans on hand helped spur the Longhorns to a hot start.

"Of course you get pumped up. We get pumped up for every game, but the crowd was fantastic tonight," Joseph said. "It was a crazy atmosphere, so we were really excited to go out and play."

The Longhorns (15-3, 3-0 Big 12) will move on to play at Kansas on Saturday in a matchup of the only remaining undefeated Big 12 teams.

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