Sunday, November 19, 2006

Shelby Metcalf Classic Recap

The Aggies completed a three game sweep in the 1st annual Shelby Metcalf Classic with a dominating 69-33 win over Saint Louis on Sunday evening (more below).

On Friday night, they coasted past Lamar by a score of 94-60. The Aggies jumped out to a 30-5 lead and never looked back against the overmatched Cardinals. Joseph Jones led 5 Aggies in double figures with 19 points. Josh Carter chipped in 14, Kavaliauskas and Kirk each had 12, while Bryan Davis scored 11. Gillispie found time to play 16 players in the blowout win of which 13 found a way to score.

Saturday, A&M overcame a sluggish start to pull away from Louisiana Tech 75-59. Acie Law finally broke out of his mini-slump and had his first big game of the 2006-2007 campaign in scoring 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting. Joe Jones added 19 and Josh Carter had 12.

Sunday, the Aggies showed why they are considered to be one of the top teams in the country in dominating what many consider to be a pretty good Saint Louis squad by a final score of 69-33. Coming into the weekend, Saint Louis was receiving votes in both the Coaches and AP polls. The Aggies used suffocating defense to lock down Saint Louis and in the process tied a school record for fewest points allowed by an opponent in the first half (13). During a 9 minute stretch of the opening half, the Aggies held Saint Louis scoreless for 15 straight possessions in extending their halftime lead to 34-13. Acie had another good game scoring 23 points on 10 of 15 from the field. Joe added 11 points as the only other guy in double figures. It's also worth mentioning, and I'm sure quite a few of you saw, but just to put it into perspective, Saint Louis came into Sunday averaging 80+ per game. I don't know much, but I do know that when you hold a team to 50 below their average, you are probably going to win most of those games.

Hopefully you guys were all able to watch some of the game on FSN Sunday afternoon (after the technical difficulties were fixed of course).

The Aggies have another week off this week before taking on Idaho State on Saturday afternoon at 2:00. Don't immediately dismiss Idaho State on name value alone - - so far this season, the Bengals have taken both #16 Marquette and BYU to overtime (both losses for ISU). We are planning to attend the game so we'll be able to have a full report for you week after next.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Carry on.


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