Saturday , Dec , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Aggies try to tame Tigers

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – The ninth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies will
attempt to avoid an upset as they host the Pacific Tigers today in a non-
conference clash.

Pacific managed to halt a two-game slide on Wednesday with a 79-72 decision
over San Francisco. The Tigers are now an even 3-3 on the season, and two of
the losses for the squad have come by a total of five points.

As for Texas A&M, it has won all six of its games thus far, all of which have
taken place at home. Five of the six victories have come by double figures,
including a 75-35 romp over Arkansas-Little Rock on Monday. While the Aggies
have yet to face a quality opponent, it appears that the team is worthy of
its high ranking.

Although Texas A&M does own a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with Pacific,
the Tigers posted a 63-56 victory over the Aggies in last season’s meeting.

Steffan Johnson was outstanding for Pacific in the win over San Francisco last
time out, as he tallied 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor. Michael
White added 15 points for the squad, while Antony Esparza (11 points, eight
rebounds) and Antony Brown (11 points, eight boards) added some balance to the
lineup. The Tigers connected on 54.2 percent of their shots from the floor,
overshadowing the fact that they permitted the Dons to shoot 50.9 percent. A
32-22 rebounding advantage and a 21-10 edge in points from the foul line also
helped the cause. Ironically, the Tigers are scoring and surrendering the
exact same amount of points on average (74.0 ppg). Brown is posting 17.8 ppg
to pace the club, and he is ripping down 9.0 rpg as well. Johnson checks in
with 13.5 ppg, and C.J. Morgan is scoring 10.7 ppg.

The Aggies have played exceptionally well at both ends of the court this
season, as they are scoring 78.0 ppg on 53.7 percent overall shooting while
limiting opponents to 46.7 ppg on 28.0 percent efficiency from the field. Four
players average double figures in scoring for Texas A&M, which is a legitimate
contender for the first time in a while. Acie Law paces the club with 16.7
ppg, and Joseph Jones adds 13.7 ppg to the mix. Josh Carter is netting 13.2
ppg, and Antanas Kavaliauskas rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.2
ppg. In the 40-point romp over Arkansas-Little Rock, Law tallied 17 points and
seven assists while shooting 7-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from
behind the arc. The Aggies connected on 57.8 percent of their field goal
attempts while limiting the Trojans to 26 percent efficiency. Without
question, the most eye-popping stat from the game was that UALR missed all 20
of its three-point attempts.