Andre Gordon scored 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the floor and Texas AM hit on all cylinders during an 85-65 win over visiting New Orleans on Tuesday in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies led by 18 points at the break and by 20 five and a half minutes into the second half before New Orleans pulled to within 53-41 via an 8-0 run. But Wade Taylor IV canned a 3-pointer and a layup for AM, and Hassan Diarra added a pair of buckets to rebuild the Aggies' advantage to 21 points, and they cruised to the finish.
It was the third consecutive win for the Aggies (7-1), who got just five points in 16 minutes from leading scorer Quenton Jackson and were without Henry Coleman III, their second-leading scorer and top rebounder this season.
Tyrece Radford added 13 points for Texas AM, with Diarra and Taylor IV scoring 11 apiece and Marcus Williams hitting for 10 points. The Aggies were 11 of 23 from beyond the arc and outrebounded New Orleans 41-33.
Derek St. Hilaire led all scorers with 20 points while Troy Green added 17 and Simeon Kirkland tallied 10 points for New Orleans. The Privateers (3-5) have lost two of their past three games.
The Aggies took charge early on, running out to a 16-6 lead after Williams' 3-pointer at the 15:49 mark. New Orleans cut its deficit to six points on two occasions, the latest after a layup by Green with 13:15 to play in the half before AM drew away again, leading by 20 points with 2:34 left. Neither team scored over the final 2:12 of the period as the Aggies assumed a comfortable 44-26 advantage at the break.
Williams led the Aggies with 10 points in the first half as Texas AM outshot the Privateers 47.1 percent to 33.3 percent and forced 10 New Orleans turnovers over the first 20 minutes of play.
St. Hilaire paced the Privateers with 10 points at halftime.
--Field Level Media