December 17, 2008

Carter lifts Aggies over SMU

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M has won five straight with its 66-56 win over a stubborn SMU team Wednesday night at Reed Arena, but not everything is good with the Aggies. Once again, the Aggies stumbled out of the gates and had to come from behind to get the win after the Mustangs raced out to as much as a six-point lead that they sustained for most of the first half.

In four of A&M's last five wins, the Aggies had to come back from first-half deficits. Wednesday's wasn't as bad as the 14-point holes in each game against Arizona and Alabama, but it's starting to be a cause for concern for A&M head coach Mark Turgeon.

"I don't have an answer. I'm going crazy," Turgeon said. "Right now I just feel like whatever we talk about is not getting done. Whatever we're trying to correct is not getting done. Maybe we're trying too hard. We're fighting guys for balls, our own teammates. We're knocking balls out of each other's hands. We're trying so hard to start well."

SMU got in the board first with three-pointer banked in off the glass by redshirt freshman Robert Nyakundi who made his first start of his career Wednesday. The Mustangs quickly raced out to 6-0 lead before A&M got in the board with an offensive putback by Chinemelu Elonu.

SMU stayed out in front by six before the Aggies made a run starting at the nine-minute mark that eventually saw the Aggies take a 37-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.

"This whole week for a while we've been talking about how we want to start games better, and they banked that one three to open the game it was like here we go again," said A&M senior small forward Josh Carter. "We just want to get off to a good start and we've just been real sloppy. We've just got to develop better practice habits, and hopefully that will carry over to the game."

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