Abrams was helped along by sophomore point guard guard D.J. Augustin's 25 points and two boards. Sophomore G/F Damion James lead the team in rebounds by cleaning the class six times. James also managed to put up a healthy 12 points. Junior F/C Connor Atchley shot six for seven with four rebounds.
Missing from the action were Matt Hill, who hurt his left heel, and freshmen guard Dogus Balbay, who suffered a right knee injury in October and is out for the season after undergoing surgery. Also absent was freshmen forward Gary Johnson, a third-team high school all-American at Aldine High School who has an undiagnosed heart condition. Although he racked up 13 points and six rebounds during his 19 minutes off the bench against Xavier (La.) in exhibition, Johnson has yet to take the court during the first four regular-season games.
The Aggies managed to shoot 49.2 percent and slam 14 of 17 three-pointers. Guard Jonathan Gibson led the team with 21 points and forward Justin Hawkins trailed him slightly, making six of his 13 to total 19 points of his own. Hawkins cleaned the glass eight times to tie center Hatila Passos for the team lead.
In New Jersey, at least, the Longhorns found some Aggies they could beat Friday.