SEC: Texas A&M rallies past Auburn 65-56

BY JUSTIN LEE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Texas A&M had to battle from behind after a slow start Wednesday night against Auburn, but the Aggies eventually earned a comeback win on the road, 65-56, on the legs of a 21-point performance from Elston Turner. Turner scored seven straight points during a 1:06 stretch in the second half to overtake the Tigers and give the Aggies a 48-42 lead with 10:05 to play.
Texas A&M never trailed from there. "When Elston Turner gets 20 points, we win," Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. "It's hard to get 20 when teams do a good job defending him. He shared the ball tonight and he had good support from everybody else." Auburn opened the game with a 12-0 run through the first 6 minutes of play, but Texas A&M (16-10, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) fought back to cut the Tigers' lead to 31-29 by halftime. The Aggies closed the game on a 12-5 run over the final 5 minutes to pull away. "I thought we had great shots in the beginning, we just missed a lot of layups," Kennedy said of his team's slow start. "We had great shots inside. If we weren't getting shots we would've called a timeout, but I wanted to play through it. I knew there would be some times like that during this game, and fortunately that was the only segment that we struggled in." Texas A&M answered Auburn's 12-0, game-opening run with a 24-11 run over the next 11 minutes to take its first lead at 24-23. Auburn went on a 7-3 run from there, but a Turner 3-pointer with 2 seconds showing before halftime made to a two-point game. The Aggies outshot Auburn from the field, finishing 22 of 50, while the Tigers made 21 of 56 shots. Texas A&M shot 11 of 30 from the field in the first half before turning things around and shooting 11 of 20 in the second half. Auburn's shooting dropped off from 13 of 26 in the first half to 8 of 30 in the second. "We couldn't make a shot," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said on his team's struggles down the stretch. "It is hard to win the game shooting 26 percent (in the second half). At the same time, we guarded fairly well and they shot 55 percent in the second half. "We are not a very good team right now. I am not being a very good coach with this team. It is just disappointing." Allen Payne led Auburn (9-17, 3-10) with 11 points, while Rob Chubb, Chris Denson and Jordan Price each added 9 points. Texas A&M's Alex Caruso finished with season highs of 14 points and eight assists, after entering Wednesday night's game averaging 4.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More Sports

High School Football

Cougars hoping to stay away from tricks of Indians' wing-T

If Newnan wants a treat on Halloween tonight at Garland Shoemake Stadium, the Cougars are going to have to avoid getting tricked by a wing-T ... Read More


Indians look to run past Cougars for second straight year

Coaching in big rivalry games is nothing new for first-year East Coweta football coach Steve Pardue. He experienced it when he was head coac ... Read More


High School Football

Central looks to advance in playoffs in rematch

The calendar still reads October, but for Central Christian's football program, the playoffs are already here. But in order to push its seas ... Read More


Lady Indians Fall Short

Historic year comes to close

By DOUG GORMAN dgorman@newnan.com  KENNESAW—The 2014 volleyball season will go down as the best ever for East Coweta’s Lady ... Read More


High School Softball

Lady Indians anxious for return to Elite 8

This time last year, East Coweta's softball team had to buy a ticket at the gate of the South Commons Complex if they wanted to attend the E ... Read More

High School Softball

Newnan's 'royal' recovery provides boost

Newnan's softball program could be described as the Kansas City Royals of this week's GHSA Class AAAAAA Elite 8 Tournament, a team that many ... Read More