Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jordan Hamilton, Texas Torch Texas A&M

With just under 7 1/2 minutes to play and No. 10 Texas (15-3, 3-0 Big 12) leading No. 11 Texas A&M (16-2, 3-1) by 21 points, Aggies coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout. After inbounding the ball, an A&M guard promptly dribbled the ball off his foot giving it back to the Longhorns.

That pretty much summed up the Aggies' night.

Texas dominated throughout, holding a double-digit lead for the entirety of the second half and winning 81-60 in Austin. Texas A&M never really threatened, and Texas only extended their lead as the game wore on. The advantage reached as high as 23 points after a Jordan Hamilton three with just over 12 minutes to play, and the Aggies never got closer than 17.

Hamilton led all scorers with 27 points and eight boards. Tristan Thompson added 18 and Gary Johnson had 14.

Khris Middleton led A&M with 16 points.

How it was won: Jordan Hamilton. He was clearly the best player on the floor -- and an efficient one at that. He didn't miss a field goal inside the 3-point line, and he made all four of his free throws.

How it was lost: Defense. Typically stingy on defense, the Aggies looked overmatched in all facets of the game Wednesday. The post especially gave the Aggies fits. They were outrebounded by the Longhorns, and Texas also had seven blocked shots to A&M's zero.

Where to from here: Texas has a huge game Saturday in Lawrence against the Jayhawks. A win there -- which is never easy -- would go a long way in terms of NCAA seeding for the Longhorns. A&M has a reeling Kansas State team and Nebraska before facing Texas again in College Station at the end of the month.

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