COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Three Texas A&M players finished in double figures and led by 21 at the half before securing a 76-53 win against the American University men's basketball team on Monday night at Reed Arena.
Delante Jones had a team-best 18 points and Sa'eed Nelson added 12. American (0-2) struggled against a tougher Aggies squad as compared to Friday's more evenly matched game against Maryland. The Eagles allowed 44 points in the paint and 31 bench points.
Tyler Davis led Texas A&M with 17 points while DJ hogg had 12 and Roger Williams had 10. The Aggies shot 54 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the line.
The Aggies had their largest lead of 32 (64-32) with 11:40 left to play in the contest. The Eagles cut that deficit to as little as 17 (70-53) with a layup by Nelson with 3:03 left.
American will travel to Akron on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
"They are a really good team. Big, talented, good at what they do, well coached, solid. We knew it was going to be a huge challenge. We are young. I thought we didn't come out necessarily to compete in the first half, but I thought a few guys did a good job in the second half of competing."
On Mark Gasperini's performance…
"Of course, he had his hands full with Dodd at Maryland but Maryland is more guard oriented and tonight it's like they are trying to throw it into those guys and he's terrific. Physical, really good player, knows angles. Mark had to work relentlessly tonight and for the most part, he did as much as we could ask at this point."
On scoring opportunities for American…
"We got some good drives. It's a young team and I think that they are just figuring out where their scoring opportunities are coming from. We are asking a lot, especially of Mark and Sa'eed who are going to play a lot so I thought they figured it out a little more in the second half. And Delante as well, he's only a sophomore and we are asking a lot of him and treating him like an upperclassman. He played a lot of minutes last year and he's going to do a lot for us this year."