Friday , Dec , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Aggies continue quest for first road win

Auburn, AL (Sports Network) – The 13th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies hit the
road for a non-conference clash with the Auburn Tigers.

Texas A&M opened the season with seven straight victories before falling to
LSU and UCLA, two of the team’s that reached last season’s Final Four.
Fortunately, the Aggies have gotten back on track recently with back-to-
back wins, including a 97-58 romp over Jacksonville Sturday. Nine wins for
A&M have come at home, so the club has yet to win outside of College
Station this season.

Auburn has won three straight games and five of its last six to improve to
9-3 overall. The team was most recently in action on Tuesday when it rolled
to an 86-59 decision over Tennessee State, and the Tigers carry a 9-1 home
record into tonight’s clash.

Texas A&M and Auburn have split their four previous meetings, and the Aggies
won last season’s matchup by a 72-67 final.

Texas A&M jumped out to a 22-point lead over Jacksonville at intermission on
Saturday and cruised to the blowout victory in the second half. The Aggies
connected on 51.4 percent of their field goal attempts in the clash and
finished the contest with 30 assists and 11 turnovers. A 15-6 edge in points
from the foul line helped the cause, as did a 46-37 rebounding advantage. Josh
Carter led the way with 16 points in the win, while Acie Law and Antanas
Kavaliauskas pitched in 15 points apiece. As for Joseph Jones, he contributed
14 points. Jones and Law are tied for the team scoring lead with 14.2 ppg
apiece, and Jones is tops on the boards with his 5.8 rpg. Kavaliauskas checks
in with 13.1 ppg, and Carter is posting 11.9 ppg. The Aggies are averaging
76.1 ppg on 52.0 percent shooting from the field, and they are limiting
opponents to 53.6 ppg on 34.3 percent shooting.

Auburn is posting 77.5 ppg through 12 outings on 48.7 percent shooting from
the floor, and the club is permitting opponents to score 68.0 ppg. The
offensive output for the Tigers would be even greater if not for the fact that
they are shooting 58.5 percent from the foul line. Korvotney Barber is
averaging 14.8 ppg to pace Auburn, and he is pulling down 7.8 rpg to go along
with 36 blocks. Rasheem Barrett adds 13.8 ppg to the mix, and Frank Tolbert is
contributing 13.0 ppg. The fourth and final double-digit scorer is Josh
Dollard with 12.8 ppg. Barber scored 17 points against Tennessee State on
Tuesday, and Dollard had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Strong defense was key to
the win, as Auburn limited its overmatched opponent to 33.9 percent shooting
from the floor while forcing 21 turnovers.