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A&M men's basketball team loses; Elston Turner misses game with injury

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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 8:21 am, Sun Mar 10, 2013.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Mike Anderson felt the need to shake things up following a season-worst loss at Missouri earlier in the week.

Anderson's decision to take his top two leading scorers, BJ Young and Marshawn Powell, out of the starting lineup paid off Saturday.

Mardracus Wade scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures as the Razorbacks secured their first unbeaten run through the Southeastern Conference at home since the 1997-98 season with a 73-62 win over Texas A&M.

The loss was the fourth in five games for A&M (17-14, 7-11), which played without leading scorer Elston Turner because of a hand injury.

Fabyon Harris led the Aggies with 16 points, while Jordan Green had 14 and Kourtney Roberson 13.

The Razorbacks (19-12, 10-8) secured their first overall winning mark in the SEC since the last time the school reached the NCAA tournament, five years ago. Arkansas closed out the regular season 18-1 at home, with its only loss coming to then-No. 6 Syracuse on Nov. 30.

"It means that we're getting better," Wade said. "We're taking [care] of our home like we're supposed to do. ... Hopefully we can just keep on rolling with it and just keep on doing what we do best."

The Aggies made a push in the second half.

After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, A&M closed the Arkansas lead to 38-35 early in the second half after a 3-pointer by J'Mychal Reese. The basket capped a 15-2 run for the Aggies, who trailed 31-13 in the first half.

"I thought we adjusted, but the first 10 minutes is where we struggled the most," A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. "I thought once we settled into it, we got good production. We had our opportunities."

Kikko Haydar answered on the other end for Arkansas following Reese's 3-pointer with a basket of his own from behind the arc. Haydar's basket began a 15-4 run for the Razorbacks, during which Qualls had 6 points, to extend their lead to 53-39 and put the game out of reach.

Michael Qualls added 13 points for Arkansas, while Ky Madden had 11 and Anthlon Bell and Powell had 10 each. The school improved to 34-4 at home in its two seasons under coach Mike Anderson.

A&M defeated Arkansas 69-51 when the two teams played in College Station on Jan. 9. That was the SEC opener for both teams, and Turner had 15 points and eight rebounds in the convincing win.

The senior injured his left wrist and pinkie finger in a loss to LSU on Wednesday, and he didn't go through warm-ups before Saturday's game -- which capped the Aggies' first run through the SEC.

"I thought we fought hard, and this is a tough place to play," Kennedy said.

Without Turner, the Aggies struggled in the early going -- committing 12 first-half turnovers as they fell behind 31-13 following a 3-pointer by Arkansas' Bell. The basket capped eight straight points by the freshman, and it closed out a 10-0 run overall by the Razorbacks, who entered the game coming off their worst defeat of the season -- a 93-63 loss at Missouri on Tuesday.

Anderson shook up his starting lineup before Saturday's game, with the team's two leading scorers, Young and Powell, coming off the bench in what he called a "coach's decision" while also saying it was "absolutely" a disciplinary decision.

The two, who entered the game averaging a combined 30.3 points per game, combined to finish with just 12 against the Aggies -- including a 1-of-3, two-point effort in a season-low 11 minutes by Young. The sophomore has struggled from the field for much of the season, though he entered the game averaging 15.6 points per game.

"Some guys were playing a little bit better at that time," Anderson said. "I know he can play better. I know BJ can play much better than he did today."

It was the rest of the Razorbacks, however, who responded following the crushing defeat to Anderson's former team, the Tigers. Wade hit two early 3-pointers and finished 3 of 5 from behind the arc, and Qualls was 8 of 10 at the free throw line as Arkansas scored 22 points off 23 A&M turnovers.

More than anything, Arkansas was ready to put the Missouri loss behind it and look ahead to next week's SEC tournament.

"At a certain point in time, it's got to get personal," Qualls said. "No one likes to lose, and if you want to do big things, you can't accept losing. There's a certain point in time where losing isn't good enough."

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  • RJ posted at 12:04 pm on Sun, Mar 10, 2013.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Baylor has done a great job recruiting, but they are under achievers horrible coaching, Drew already caught breaking NCAA rules. One more year for Kennedy, then he is done!

  • jim '78 posted at 11:36 am on Sun, Mar 10, 2013.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    RJ yes Blair improved. Kennedy is going down the tubes very quickly. Hyman do your job and find a top Men's basketball coach. There are some great basketball players in the State of Texas if you can keep them here.

    It is sad that the Baylor program recovered so fast from probation and are a contender and we are not even a pretender right now.

  • RJ posted at 9:04 am on Sun, Mar 10, 2013.

    RJ Posts: 1069

    Unless Kennedy and his coaches recruit better players, results be the same next year, and hopefully a coaching change. Talk to Blair about how to build a program, he took over a much worse situation than Kennedy did, and found a way to recruit and win!!


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