Saturday , Dec , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Winning streaks on the line in College Station

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – The 13th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies
put a couple of extended homecourt winning streaks on the line this
evening, as they play host to the Jacksonville Dolphins from Reed Arena in
College Station.

The Aggies have won 13 straight home games and 30 straight regular season
non-conference home games, including an 84-61 rout of Fordham on Tuesday.
The win put some distance between the Aggies and their only two losses of
the season, back-to-back setbacks against then ninth-ranked LSU and top-
ranked UCLA.

The Dolphins are just 4-5 on the season, but halted their own brief losing
streak (three games) with an 85-72 win over Coastal Carolina last Sunday.
Jacksonville has gotten off to a slow start in Atlantic Sun action, with an
0-2 conference mark at this point. Texas A&M won’t open up Big 12 play until
January 6th.

This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the hardwood.

When a team is averaging 72.0 ppg and giving up 76.0 ppg, it isn’t hard to
figure out why the squad is under .500 in the win/loss column. Despite the
rather bland offensive numbers, the team does have three players currently
averaging double figures. None however, have shown the ability to take over a
game at the offensive end of the court on a consistent basis, with center
Marcus Allen pacing the team in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.4
rpg). Guard Jesse Kimbrough is next in terms of scoring (12.3 ppg), with
forward Lehmon Colbert (11.2 ppg) finishing things off. Allen really stepped
up his game last time out, erupting for a huge double-double of 22 points and
13 rebounds, leading the Dolphins to a big win over Coastal Carolina. Joining
Allen in double digits were Colbert (16 pts), Kimbrough (12 pts), Corey Claitt
(10 pts) and Tyrone Curnell (10 pts). Jacksonville shot a sterling .547 from
the floor in the game and forced the Chanticleers into 17 turnovers.

Texas A&M doesn’t get it done with flashy offensive statistics, rather
settling things down with stifling defensive pressure, leading to easy chances
at the other end of the court. The Aggies are allowing a mere 53.2 ppg this
year, holding foes to just .345 shooting, which includes .268 from behind the
arc. Offensively, the team is netting 74.0 ppg, while delivering on 52.1
percent of its shots. Four of the team’s five starters are averaging double
figures, led by Joseph Jones’ 14.2 ppg. Acie Law is right there as well (14.1
ppg), followed by Antanas Kavaliauskas and Josh Carter with 12.9 and 11.5 ppg,
respectively. In the win over Fordham, it was Carter (24 points) and
Kavaliauskas (19 points), who combined for 43 points to lead the way. Jones
chimed in with 13 points, while Law added 11 points and seven assists. A&M
shot .566 from the floor against the Rams, while holding Fordham to a mere
.375 shooting effort.

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