November 6, 2008

Aggies shake off rust in exhibition win

Texas A&M got its first taste of life without Dominique Kirk and Joseph Jones Wednesday night in a 72-59 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in an exhibition at Reed Arena that saw nearly 8,000 fans in attendance. The attendance figure was the top aspect for A&M head coach Mark Turgeon after sloppy defense and poor finishing around the basket combined with solid shooting from Kingsville form outside kept the game tight throughout the full 40 minutes.

A&M will have 11 more days of practice before officially opening the season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

"The best part of the night was the crowd. It was a great crowd for an exhibition game," Turgeon said. "We came out nervous at the start and it was good to get rid of the first-game jitters. A&M-Kingsville came out and played a great game. We put zero time into the scouting report for this team."

A&M senior small forward Josh Carter and junior guard Derrick Roland led the Aggies with 14 points each while guard Donald Sloan added 11 points and five assists. The surprise, however, was the play of sophomore guard/forward Nathan Walkup who played much of the night in the post at power forward.

Walkup was factor on the scoreboard as well as on the glass with nine points and game-high nine rebounds.

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