Rockets best Warriors in 2OT; Mavericks downed by Hornets

Harden’s triple-double leads Rockets over Warriors in 2OT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ James Harden notched his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Warriors 132-127 in double overtime Thursday night to end Golden State’s 12-game winning streak.

Harden put his team ahead on a 30-footer with 3:12 left in the second overtime and hit a pair of free throws with 2:10 to go following a flagrant foul on Draymond Green.

Eric Gordon scored 23 off the bench as Houston snapped an eight-game skid to the Warriors, who lost MVP Stephen Curry with 3:25 left in the last extra session when he was whistled for a charge. Ryan Anderson also scored 29 with five 3-pointers and the teams combined to shoot 88 3s, 44 apiece.

Kevin Durant matched his season high with 39 points to go with 13 rebounds. Green had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.

Walker lifts Hornets past Mavericks, 97-87

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Kemba Walker scored 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-87 on Thursday night for their third win in the last four games.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points and Jeremy Lamb had 12 off the bench for the Hornets, who remained in first place in the Southeast Division.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points and Justin Anderson added 15 for the Mavericks, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

The Hornets led by two when Walker drained a long 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 3:51 to give his team the spark it needed. Lamb followed with a driving layup that resulted in a three-point play to push the lead to 86-78.

The Mavs would battle back behind Barnes to cut the lead to three, but Lamb hit two free throws and Walker buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 41 seconds left.

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Crosby leads Penguins past Stars 6-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Sidney Crosby broke the game’s final tie and assisted on another score in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Thursday night.

Crosby scored his league-leading 16th goal in the second period and assisted on Conor Sheary’s sixth as Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final 4 minutes. Eric Fehr’s third of the season was the 100th of his career and Patric Hornqvist’s seventh came on the power play. Nick Bonino and Ian Cole both scored their third for Pittsburgh, which avoided consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves for Pittsburgh. Fleury, who won for the first time in five starts, has six wins in his last nine home games.

Tyler Seguin scored his eighth and Devin Shore his second for the Stars, who continue to struggle on the road. Dallas has lost its previous five away from home and has three wins in 14 road games this season. The Stars have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

Antti Niemi , playing in his 400th career game, stopped 34 shots.

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Cowboys hold on against Vikings for 11th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Dez Bryant caught four passes for 84 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping the Dallas Cowboys win their 11th straight game with a 17-15 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.

Bryant’s 56-yard catch in the first half set up Ezekiel Elliott’s 1-yard plunge. The receiver caught an 8-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter after a fumbled punt by Minnesota’s Adam Thielen.

Elliott rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries for the Cowboys (11-1). They have the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history.

Sam Bradford threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jerick McKinnon with 25 seconds to play, but the 2-point conversion failed for the Vikings (6-6), who found out earlier on Thursday that coach Mike Zimmer would not be able to attend the game after having emergency eye surgery on Wednesday night.

Dak Prescott was 12 for 18 for 139 yards passing for Dallas.

The Vikings forced two turnovers from a team that had not coughed one up in the previous four games, including a strip sack by Brian Robison that set up Forbath’s 33-yard field goal for a 9-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

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Eye surgery to keep Zimmer from coaching Vikings vs. Cowboys

By DAVE CAMPBELL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will miss Thursday night’s home game against Dallas following emergency surgery to repair a detached retina.

Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the interim head coach against the Cowboys, a decision that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said would be the least disruptive to the team. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and offensive line coach Tony Sparano have experience as NFL head coaches, but they’ll remain in their roles. Zimmer is the play-caller for the defense, a duty that will fall to defensive coordinator George Edwards.

This was the third procedure Zimmer has had over the past month. Spielman said Zimmer would stay at home to rest and not attend the game.

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Bowl season could still be exciting for Texas A&M

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Hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor analyze the newest College Football Playoff Top 25 and make a case for an eight-team format. Also, Brown and Taylor take a look at possible opponents for A&M, should the Aggies go to the Texas Bowl. Finally, they discuss theories for the new HBO show Westworld and pick this weekend’s best college football games.

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Mills helps Spurs rally to beat Mavericks 94-87

DALLAS (AP) _ Patty Mills scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and Kawhi Leonard added 21 points, helping the San Antonio Spurs rally for a 94-87 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

San Antonio became just the third team to start the season 11-0 on the road, following last year’s Warriors (14-0) and the 1969-70 Knicks (12-0).

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 26 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes added 17.

Dallas had a 60-47 lead in the third quarter after a 13-0 run in which the Spurs went 13 consecutive possessions and nearly seven minutes without a point.

The Mavericks still led by eight with seven minutes to play, but Mills hit his first of three huge 3s in the quarter to start an 11-2 run. Leonard scored seven points in the run, and his 3 with 4:23 to play gave the Spurs their first lead since early in the third quarter at 80-79. Leonard had 18 points in the second half.

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Aggies Knight, Babers Named to SEC Community Service Teams

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight was named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team for football, which highlights an athlete who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.

Knight, a graduate transfer from San Antonio, Texas, is also a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” The winner of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy will be announced at the National Football Foundation’s 59th Annual Award Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Monday, Dec. 6.

Knight was instrumental in the organization of a diverse group of Texas A&M student-athletes that went on a humanitarian trip to Haiti last summer and Knight has been a part of four excursions at Texas A&M and OU to the impoverished island nation. He’s also been extremely active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at both schools.

The 2016 SEC Football Community Service Team is as follows:

O.J. Howard, Alabama
Has spent extensive time working with the elderly and youth organizations across Alabama … Regularly visits children’s hospitals in Birmingham … Spent time at the children’s hospital in New Orleans during the team’s two trips to New Orleans and also spent time at the Dallas children’s hospital during the trip to the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl … Volunteered numerous hours at retirement homes across Tuscaloosa … Made visits to the Tuscaloosa VA hospital in each of the last three years … Most recently, spent a day this summer doing a Habitat for Humanity build with his teammates … Also helped in packing up football equipment for schools in West Virginia affected by the significant floods that affected the state over this past summer.

Brooks Ellis, Arkansas
2016 William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist … 2016 Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalist … Leverett Elementary School and Lifestyles group (people with disabilities) …  Participated in “Book Hogs Read to Win” and “Book Hogs Pizza Party” with local elementary school students … Reading with Razorbacks initiative … Spent time with kids at Special Olympics Arkansas and MLK Youth Day … Signed autographs in conjunction with the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters or Northwest Arkansas … Volunteered with Mayflower Tornado Relief … Assisted Coach Bielema at the Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate “Football 101” benefit … “Be with Becca” fundraiser; Participated in Boys & Girls Club food giveaway and on-campus trash pickup.

Daniel Carlson, Auburn
Has participated at Champions of Chemo Lake Party for children fighting cancer and is a regular visitor at Birmingham Children’s Hospital … Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Involved in the SAAC holiday toy and clothing collections and the Beat Bama Food Drive.

Jarrad Davis, Florida
Has spent more than 25 hours volunteering at Shands Hospital, Boys & Girls Club, Williams Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity and the Newberry Library … Named as one of 19 finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, one of five finalists for the 2016 Pop Warner College Football Award and Butkus Award, and a semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, has been one of Florida’s leaders on and off the field this season … Advertising major at the University of Florida and was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2013 … Has spoken to a Little League team, among other activities.

Jeb Blazevich, Georgia
One of 12 players nationwide named to AFCA Allstate Good Works Team … Included as a 2016 Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist … Worked with “Learn, Play, Excel” to educate and provide leadership for elementary and middle school students … Visited Camp Sunshine and spent time with children who have cancer … Volunteered for Countdown to Kickoff, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation and the UGA College of Education … Worked with Extra Special People, an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, among other charities.

Courtney Love, Kentucky
Participated in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia … Serves in a mentoring program with high school students … Participated in an event at the Indian Summer Camp for children who are cancer survivors or currently have cancer … Has taken part in events with the UK Children’s Hospital, Read Across America, Special Olympics and “Champ’s Camp” youth football camp, along with other service activities … Nominee for the Danny Wuerffel Trophy for academic, football and community service excellence … A transfer from Nebraska, he was active there as well, earning a Student-Athlete Hero Leadership Award and being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Danny Etling, LSU
Member of the Boys Scouts and achieved Eagle Scout status … Routinely spends free time in community giving back and using his LSU accomplishments to help inspire others … Active participant in LSU’s CHAMPS program.

Evan Engram, Ole Miss
Has been very active in the community during his time at Ole Miss, while showing a special passion for physically and mentally handicapped people … Volunteered his time with the Special Olympics, including the 2014 and 2015 Unified Egg Bowl events, which pit Special Olympics athletes from Ole Miss and Mississippi State against each other for a flag football game to raise funds for those programs at both schools … Has spent time with adults at the North Mississippi Regional Center and children at the C.M. Scott Center in Oxford … Participated in Reading with the Rebels and made several appearances at local schools, stressing to students the importance of good health and education … Camp counselor for an FCA football camp, has helped needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and has visited patience at children’s hospitals in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans.

Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
Since the summer of 2015 has volunteered at 15 different community event … This fall, participated at the Henderson Walk to School Day with elementary kids and the TK Martin Super Fun Run … Spent three hours working the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and at Camp Rising Sun … Visited with patients at Levine Children’s Hospital and Mississippi State Dance Marathon (a movement of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals) … MSU’s representative for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and Wuerffel Trophy.

Michael Scherer, Missouri
Serves on team’s discipline council … Works with “Moving Ahead Program” where he interacts with underprivileged children (9-11 ages) in after school program, tutoring and encouraging/mentoring them … Caleb’s Pitch charity – helping children battling cancer to fun artwork projects in hospital … Mid-Missouri Food Bank – worked in warehouse packaging food for distribution to needy families in the Columbia community … Big Brother/Big Sisters – worked at kids football clinic … Granny’s House – mentored young children after school … Special Olympics – served as athlete buddy and coach … Coyote Hill Children’s Home – mentored children displaced from their homes due to various reason.

Elliott Fry, South Carolina
Nominated for AFCA Good Works Team … Two-time member of SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll; School’s all-time leading scorer … Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a seven-year old, now is active with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) … 2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee.

LaTroy Lewis, Tennessee
Started his own charitable organization – Project Elevate – which is a non-profit organization that focuses on mentoring local children and helping them with goal setting and goal achievement … Organized and ran “Hero Day” on Oct. 22 at Lonsdale Park where he and fellow student-athletes ran a special community service event in honor of the late local hero Zaevion Dobson, who died last December while shielding friends from gunfire … Spoke about the importance of helping others and created activities at “Hero Day” like washing cars and picking up trash around the neighborhood for local children to participate in so they could understand the value of giving back to the community; charitable donations from the event went directly to Lonsdale Elementary School … Spends every Wednesday as a mentor for a group of fourth graders at Lonsdale Elementary to discuss their dreams and goals and what they can do to achieve them.

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy … Helped organize mission trip to Haiti for Aggie student-athletes, has spoken to many FCA and other community groups and assisted with Aggie Athletes Involved.

Oren Burks, Vanderbilt
2016 Allstate-AFCA National Good Works Team recipient (FBS) … 2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee … Co-founder and program director for REVAMP (Revitalizing & Empowering Vanderbilt’s African-American Male Population); it was voted top new organization on campus for 2015-16 school year …  Current President, Vanderbilt Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) … Helped organize shoe drive in association with Soles4Souls national organization for 2016 season opener vs. South Carolina.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers has been named to the SEC Volleyball Community Service Team, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The 14th annual women’s volleyball Community Service Team follows:

Brittany Thomas, Senior, Outside Hitter, Alabama
Thomas led the team in volunteer hours over the calendar year, giving her time to a number of worthy causes. In the spring, she volunteered with the East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl, which serves hot meals twice a week and sack lunches on Sundays, a tradition that has continued ever since the devastating tornado that hit Tuscaloosa in April of 2011. Thomas also volunteered along with numerous other student-athletes at gymnastics’ annual Power of Pink meet, helping light luminaries along the front steps of the coliseum in honor of those who lost their lives in the fight against breast cancer. Even during the volleyball season, Thomas managed to find time to help with the annual Halloween Extravaganza event, joining more than 250 other student-athletes who wore costumes and played games with area youth.

Breana Jones, Senior, Middle Blocker, Arkansas
As part of Arkansas’ Family Fun Day initiative, Jones and other Razorback student-athletes distributed backpacks and school supplies to elementary students prior to the 2016-17 academic year. She has also continued her role in the Book Hogs program with visits throughout the semester to local elementary schools to read to children. In pursuing her degree and goal of becoming a teacher, Jones currently spends 3-4 days a week as a student teacher at Sonora Elementary School in nearby Springdale, Ark. She is a member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and carries a 3.628 cumulative grade-point average as an elementary education major. Jones is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. During her playing career at Arkansas, she has amassed more than 500 kills, 200 blocks and is on pace to record a top-five hitting percentage in program history.

Stephanie Campbell, Senior, Middle Blocker, Auburn
Campbell serves as the Co-Community Service Coordinator for Student-Athlete Advisory Community (SAAC), planning community service events for all Auburn student-athletes. She volunteers with canine performance sciences, working with bomb detection dogs. Campbell has worked with Bravehearts, an organization that gives teenagers with disabilities the opportunity to participate in art, music, and dance. She also volunteers at the BIG event on a yearly basis, going out into the Auburn community and fixing up parks, picking up trash, and doing painting projects for the city. Campbell helps coordinate the annual Toys for Tots toy drive and participates in Holiday visits to the local hospital and nursing homes. She was named to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll, and has earned spots on the 2014 and 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams.

Shainah Joseph, Redshirt Junior, Outside Hitter, Florida
Joseph has totaled 53 service hours since April 2014. Her projects include: Girls Place Clinic, mentoring at Duval Elementary, Hidden Oak Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, Williams Elementary, J.J. Finley Elementary. Joseph has also participated in a Special Needs Prom, Climb For Cancer (2015 and 2016), Dreamer’s Foundation Prom and Baby Gators Field Day. She has made multiple visits to UF Health Shands Hospital. Joseph currently serves as Vice President of SAAC.

Elle McCord, Senior, Defensive Specialist, Georgia
McCord has worked with Athens Stomp Poverty, a program designed to help impoverished families in the Athens-Clarke County area with groceries, housing maintenance and social time. She has also worked with Jam Quest Hoops, a program that helps with children in Kenya by raising money and awareness through basketball. The Georgia native also helped organize the Relay for Life Date Auction and serves on the Relay for Life Athletic Recruitment Board Committee. She attends the annual Special Olympics prom and spends times with the children at the Special Olympics Home Runs for Hometown Rivals Baseball Game. She is also actively involved in the “End It” and “No More” campaigns. McCord has served as a volleyball representative on SAAC since 2013 and served as the committee’s marketing chair. She is a part of the LEAD Society, UGA’s Honor Society and an inductee to the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society. McCord has been named to the Athletic Department’s Honor Roll five times and to the SEC Fall Honor Roll. McCord has also studied abroad in Australia/New Zealand to learn about business and different cultures at the global scale.

Darian Mack, Junior, Outside Hitter, Kentucky
Mack is involved in several different community service initiatives. She has served as a walk-a-child to school volunteer and worked at the Ronald McDonald house. Mack has also spent many different days at the elementary schools in the area, talking to you kids about the importance of eating healthy, helping kids make snacks and give volleyball lessons. She spent time Bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and made blankets for Kentucky Children’s Hospital patients.

Kelly Quinn, Junior, Libero/Defensive Specialist, LSU
Quinn joined the LSU volleyball team in more than 15 hours of volunteering after the Baton Rouge Flood in August. She helped multiple LSU volleyball fans clean out their homes, which had been destroyed from the flood. Once a month, Quinn attends a local middle school and assists in teaching a physical education class. She also attends lunch with the Tigers once a month at a local elementary school where she eats lunch and plays with kids during recess. Quinn joined student-athletes from every sport in moving in LSU freshmen in August. She serves as Secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Volleyball representative to SAAC.

Aubrey Edie, Senior, Setter, Ole Miss
Edie has participated in More than a Meal, Groovin at Move-in and Reading with the Rebels. She is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Edie is a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a three-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She is the school record holder in career, single-season and single-match for assists. Edie is currently fourth in the NCAA in active career assists.

Khris Carr, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Mississippi State
Carr has participated in Camp Rising Sun, which is a camp for children living in Mississippi, Alabama and southwestern Tennessee who have been or are currently being treated for cancer. She served breakfast to local Starkville elementary school children during the annual Breakfast of Champions event. Carr Joined fellow MSU student-athletes in Walk To School Day, walking with local Starkville school children to school. She teamed up with other MSU students and the Starkville Police Department to collect water for residents of Flint, Mich. Several times throughout the year, Carr has participated in Gameday Carpool, meeting and greeting children as they arrive to school. She participated in Chick-Fil-A Family Night and took part in the Student-Athlete Panel at Mississippi State, volunteering to speak to a group of freshmen student-athletes this summer to prepare them for their new lives in college, addressing issues like academics-athletics balance, service opportunities, time management, and general student-athlete preparedness concerns. Carr took part in Project Linus, which collects blankets and distributes them to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need. She is a second-generation Bulldog, as her mother lettered in basketball from 1987-90 and her father lettered in football from 1990-92. Her mother, Ann Carr, is a senior associate athletic director and the senior women’s administrator at Mississippi State, while also overseeing student-athlete services. Carr is majoring in communication with an emphasis in broadcasting.

Emily Thater, Senior, Middle Blocker, Missouri
Thater has volunteered for numerous events during her college career, accumulating 66 hours of community service. She served as a NSAD Special Olympic Buddy, and was a volunteer at the Children’s Hospital Street Party, the Benton Elementary Summer School and Going Bonkers Volunteer. Thater has participated in the Girl Scout Volleyball Clinic, the Black & Gold Youth Clinic and the Mizzou Volleyball Youth League Open House. She visited a young Tiger fans’ birthday party with other team members, and was a part of a visit to the American Legion and a Meet and Greet Autograph Signing at Columbia Ball. Thater worked the Mizzou Athletics’ Back to School BBQ, the Tiger Scholarship Fund Thank-A-Thon and the Mizzou Athletics’ Women 4 Women. She is regularly recognized as one of the Tigers’ top community service participants and leaders. Thater owns a 3.2 cumulative GPA in the nationally regarded University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Megan Kirkland, Senior, Defensive Specialist/Libero, South Carolina
Kirkland Has totaled over 200 hours of community service through the first three seasons at South Carolina, including 126 hours alone as a junior in 2015-16. Her service projects include work at the Harvest Hope food bank, the Christopher Towers senior living home, the local homeless shelter, Transitions, and the local Meals on Wheels program. She has also gone out to local elementary schools representing the team, delivering books and reading to the children. Through her work with the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and with the team, Kirkland has also helped to organize numerous other fundraisers and events on campus. She has been an active member of South Carolina’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her career. Kirkland carries a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and made the CoSIDA Academic All-District team this season. She is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for each of her first three seasons and represented South Carolina on the 2014 SEC Community Service team.

Claudia Coco, Junior, Defensive Specialist, Tennessee
Coco has logged more than 30 hours of service this year. She helped with the reintroduction of mussels into the wild and composted at a local Knoxville Select Sport Horses farm. Coco taught Pond Gap Elementary School students about endangered species. She also organized the volleyball’s toiletry item drive for the Tennessee Holiday Meal and assisted with Vol-oween, Tennessee’s Halloween event for children of university faculty and staff. A member of the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll, Coco serves as the team representative on Tennessee’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Jazzmin Babers, Senior, Middle Blocker, Texas A&M
Babers is a member of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team and is responsible for community outreach. She also serves as a speaker, sharing testimonies at local schools and churches. In May, Babers and several teammates went on a mission trip to Haiti to spread the gospel and do manual labor. Other charitable activities she has participated in include spending time at the Bryan Adult Learning Center, where she volunteered in an adult ESL class, taught lessons and helped with one-on-one work; Aggies Move, teaching elementary children how to live active lives and stay healthy while also teaching them basic volleyball skills; Science Olympiad, a science competition for middle school and high school students from throughout Texas in which she helped with set up and take down, monitored and distributed tests, graded tests and was an overseer and judge for certain science competitions; The Big Event in which she helped an elderly couple prepare their home for moving out, painting, cleaning windows and boxing up their items; Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day, helping new and returning Aggies move into their dorms; Aggies CAN, a student-run food drive; and the Brazos Valley Food Bank, where she packed family food boxes. She also has volunteered at a local elementary school, working one-on-one or in small groups with students needing extra help or with advanced students needing more challenging work. A 2015 AVCA second-team All-American, Babers is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. She is a three-time member of both the All-SEC Team and the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. Babers holds numerous Texas A&M records, including most recently shattering the all-time career record for total blocks.

Babers, from Syracuse, New York, and the Aggies return to the court on Friday as they open NCAA Championship first-round action against SMU. First serve is at 4 p.m. at Gregory Gym in Austin.

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College Football Playoff Rankings

RANK TEAMRECORD
  • 1

    Alabama

    12-0

  • 2

    Ohio State

    11-1

  • 3

    Clemson

    11-1

  • 4

    Washington

    11-1

  • 5

    Michigan

    10-2

  • 6

    Wisconsin

    10-2

  • 7

    Penn State

    10-2

  • 8

    Colorado

    10-2

  • 9

    Oklahoma

    9-2

  • 10

    Oklahoma State

    9-2

  • 11

    Southern California

    9-3

  • 12

    Florida State

    9-3

  • 13

    Louisville

    9-3

  • 14

    Auburn

    8-4

  • 15

    Florida

    8-3

  • 16

    West Virginia

    9-2

  • 17

    Western Michigan

    12-0

  • 18

    Stanford

    9-3

  • 19

    Navy

    9-2

  • 20

    Utah

    8-4

  • 21

    Louisiana State

    7-4

  • 22

    Tennessee

    8-4

  • 23

    Virginia Tech

    9-3

  • 24

    Houston

    9-3

  • 25

    Pittsburgh

    8-4

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Police checking claim of Manziel punch that led to lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Police say they are investigating an incident involving Johnny Manziel that led to a lawsuit from a man who claims the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback punched him and broke his nose in a bar in Austin, Texas.

The lawsuit was filed Monday, three days before the former Texas A&M star was due in court in Dallas for the potential dismissal of a domestic violence case against him. The alleged incident happened in September at a bar in the popular Sixth Street entertainment district in downtown Austin.

The plaintiff, Eric Newton, said Manziel was attending a private party when Newton turned down Manziel’s request to prepare some drinks. Newton said he was later discussing his opinion of Manziel with another customer and that somebody in Manziel’s group told the former Cleveland Browns quarterback about the conversation.

Newton claims that Manziel “came downstairs, ran behind the bar, cursed at Mr. Newton, and punched him in the face, breaking Mr. Newton’s nose.”

Austin police wouldn’t release details of an incident report, saying it had been marked “private” by an investigator.

A spokeswoman for Manziel said his representatives were aware of the lawsuit but didn’t comment further.

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Texas A&M and Miami (Fla.) Agree to Home-And-Home Football Series

“We are excited to announce this home-and-home series with the Hurricanes of Miami,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said. “Texas A&M and Miami are two of the premier, tradition-rich and storied football programs in the country.”

The Hurricanes will come to Aggieland on Sept. 17, 2022 and the Aggies will return to Miami on Sept. 9, 2023.

The two football programs played a home-and-home series in 2007 and 2008 with Miami taking both contests. In 2007, the Hurricanes defeated the Aggies, 34-17, in the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Hurricanes came to Kyle Field in 2008 and won 41-23.

The two schools had met once before on the gridiron in Florida with Texas A&M defeating Miami, 70-14, in 1944.

This continues the non-conference scheduling philosophy at Texas A&M. The Aggies will open the 2017 season in the Rose Bowl against UCLA on Sept 2 after opening the 2016 campaign at Kyle Field against the Bruins. A home-and-home series with Clemson is scheduled for 2018 and 2019. Colorado from the Pac 12 is slated for 2020 and 2021. Miami in 2022 and 2023 and Notre Dame is scheduled for 2024 and 2025.

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Will Compton Stepping Down as Head Football Coach at Rudder High School

(Source: The B/CS Eagle)

(Source: The B/CS Eagle)

Will Compton Athletic Coordinator and Head Football coach at Rudder High School has announced that he will not return as Head Football coach for the 2017 Season. Coach Compton compiled a 6-24 record in 3 seasons at Rudder. The Rangers were 2-8 in the 2016 season.  Coach Compton will remain as the Athletic Coordinator for Rudder until a replacement is hired.

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Statement from Coach Compton

“These past 3 years have been some of the best of my coaching career. So many things have changed since I first arrived at Rudder. I am extremely proud of how our program has grown. Not all of our wins here at Rudder can be measured on a scoreboard.   I have been blessed to be mentored by some great people during my time here and will forever be in their debt. I want to thank the Bryan ISD administration for all the support that I received. I want to thank the community for welcoming in our family and making us feel at home from the 1st day that we arrived.  Thank you to all the administrators and teachers at Rudder. Your continued support for our programs is something that Rudder will continue to build off of.  I truly want thank all the student-athletes and former students.  You are going to be successful far beyond the fields or courts. I now know that when adversity hits you will know how to overcome it. You are amazing young men and women of character. Thank you for all that you have done for me, my family and for Rudder. Rangers Lead The Way”

Statement from Lance Angel, Athletic Director

“As a Football Coach, Coach Compton epitomizes what coaching should be about, he has worked hard to develop leadership and accountability in his players and has impacted many lives during his time at Rudder.  As a Campus Coordinator, Coach Compton has guided an athletic program that has had some great successes in the past three years.   We are grateful to Coach Compton for being a positive influence for Rudder and Bryan ISD.

Coach Compton will remain as the Campus Coordinator until we fill the position.

We will begin the process of searching for the next Head Football Coach / Campus Coordinator at Rudder.

We will post the job immediately and take applications until January 6th and begin interviews in mid January.  We plan to present a finalists to the School Board before February 1st.”

Statement from Bennie Mays, Principal at Rudder

“It’s been a honor and privilege for me to work with Coach Compton for the past two years. Coach Compton has touched and impacted the lives of many student athletes in such a positive and profound manner over his time at Rudder High School as well as students on the Middle school level. Coach Compton coached the entire child, to assure academic as well as athletic success in the entire program. It will be hard to replace him. He will be missed on the sideline, as well as the hallways, and all other sporting events that he attends and cheer on all student athletes, but he and his family will always be part of the Rudder Family.”

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Texas A&M to Open NCAAs Against SMU in Austin

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M received an at-large berth to the 64-team 2016 NCAA Volleyball Championship and will face SMU in the first round, Friday at Gregory Gym in Austin, the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced today.

The first-ever matchup between the in-state teams begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a first-round match between No. 4 seed Texas and Texas-Rio Grande Valley at 6:30 p.m. The two winners will meet in the second round, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Gregory Gym.

The tournament’s second-round winners will advance to one of four non-predetermined regional sites, which be announced after play concludes on December 3.The regional winners will advance to the national semifinals and championship final co-hosted by the Ohio State University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on December 15 and 17.

Texas A&M (21-8 15-3 SEC), which closed out the regular season by winning 10 of its last 11 matches and finishing in a tie for third place in the Southeastern Conference, is making its sixth consecutive and 24th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. This marks the Aggies’ 20th appearance under 24th-year head coach Laurie Corbelli.

SMU (25-7) is making its second consecutive and second overall appearance in the tournament. The Mustangs, who fell to Purdue in the first round in Austin last year, received an automatic bid by winning the American Athletic Conference championship with an 18-2 record.

Texas (22-4) received an at-large bid after finishing second in the Big 12 Conference. UTRGV (21-3) received an automatic berth and is making its first NCAA Championship appearance after winning the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Texas A&M NCAA Tournament Notes: A&M is making its sixth consecutive and 24th overall appearance (1981-82, 1985-86, 1993-2005, 2009, 2011-16) since the inception of the tournament in 1981…This is the fourth time in five years the Aggies have been sent to Austin to open the tournament…A&M hosted firsts and second rounds last year after receiving an all-time high No. 10 seed. The Aggies defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-15) and then fell to seventh-ranked Hawaii, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) at Reed Arena…A&M sports a 26-23 (.531) all-time record in the NCAA tournament, including a 24-19 (.558) mark during head coach Laurie Corbelli’s A&M tenure…A&M’s best finish in an NCAA tournament was a regional final appearance in both 1999 and 2001…The SEC landed four teams in the tournament field: No. 11 seed Florida and No. 15 seed Missouri, who tied for the conference championship, as well as Kentucky and Texas A&M…The Aggies are 2-7 this year against teams in the NCAA tournament field, including 1-4 against seeded teams.

NCAA Tournament Notes: Thirty-two conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 32 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket…The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. Nebraska, the defending national champion, earned the top seed followed by No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 4 Texas.

For complete tournament bracket and information, visit the NCAA official Website at www.NCAAsports.com.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M volleyball. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M volleyball team on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram by following @AggieVolleyball.

Coach Laurie Corbelli

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Aggies Fall Late to No. 14 UCLA in Wooden Legacy Title Game

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Lonzo Ball had 16 points and 10 assists to help No. 14 UCLA beat Texas A&M 74-67 on Sunday as the Bruins won the Wooden Legacy championship game.

Issac Hamilton scored all 17 of his points in the first half, to lead UCLA (7-0), which beat Portland, New Mexico and Texas A&M to win the title.

Ball, who was named the tournament’s MVP, had 47 points and 28 assists over the three games.

Texas A&M (4-2) had a lead at 63-62 late in the second half, but was done in by turnovers and missed shots in the final minutes.

Admon Gilder led the Aggies with 17 points, and Tyler Davis added 16.

Ball missed six of his first seven shots but still founds ways to help the Bruins, especially as a facilitator. The UCLA guard set the tournament record for assists.


Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
#14 UCLA 74, Texas A&M 67
Nov. 27, 2016  Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)

RECORDS & TOURNAMENT NOTES
– Texas A&M fell to No. 14 UCLA 74-67 during the championship game of the 2016 Wooden Legacy on Sunday inside Anaheim’s Honda Center … The Aggies’ season ledger now stands at 4-2 on the season.
– Sophomore center Tyler Davis was named to the Wooden Legacy All-Tournament Team after averaging 12 points and 7.3 rebounds during the Aggies’ three-game run at the event.

TEAM NOTES
– The game was a tight affair throughout, featuring nine lead changes, six ties and neither team holding a lead of more than nine points.
– A&M came out of the chute hot in the contest, scoring 11 of the game’s first 13 points before UCLA  responded with a run of its own to tighten the game … the Bruins took a slim 35-34 lead into halftime.
– Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of JC Hampton, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Tyler Davis for the sixth time this season (4-2).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
– Sophomore guard Admon Gilder tied his career high with 17 points in the contest, converting on 6-of-12 field goal shots including a trio of 3-point baskets (3-of-6).
– Sophomore center Tyler Davis, meanwhile, contributed 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds and grabbing three steals.
– Junior Tonny Trocha-Morelos fell just short of a double-double, piling up 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
– Rookie Robert Williams continued his impressive play on the young season by blocking three shots and scoring 12 points.
– Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 103-72 in his sixth season at Texas A&M and 314-251 in 19 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT
– The Aggies will return to College Station to begin preparing for their next contest which will come Dec. 5 when they host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m.


 

2016 Wooden Legacy
Sunday, November 27, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP
Post-Game Quotes – UCLA 74, Texas A&M 67

UCLA Coach Steve Alford = “Really proud of these guys. Texas A&M is a great basketball team that we got a chance to play that is very well coached. Another team that has a different style. This is our third game in the tournament, so we were not preparing for A&M a week ago when we were home we were really preparing for our bracket. We couldn’t emulate them at practice zone. I thought it got us a little stagnant, we stood around a little bit in the first half, but that is what early season stuff is all about. You learn more and more about different styles and the irony of what we can to this tournament, everyone talking about our offense and yet what we probably learned the most going home is that we got some work to do with half-court offense because we have been in transition so much. I thought we got great strides this week defensively. And the thing I really liked is that against Nebraska and now again against Texas A&M, who I think A&M and I thought Nebraska played well against us the other day. With five minutes left in the game these guys learned just how to go take the win. That is exciting, coaching a new group like that because we are still a new team. But down the stretch they were terrific and these two (Lonzo Ball and Isaac Hamilton) were a big part of that. Very proud of the team it has been a fun team to coach.

Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy – “UCLA showed how good they really are. Alford, the three guards, Ball, Hamilton really gave us problems. Thought we had some bad possessions offensively but a lot of it had to do with UCLA. I was really impressed with their poise on the perimeter. We had a hard time guarding those guys.”

Even though you had an edge in the paint were you hoping for more touches for Tyler [Davis] and [Robert] Williams? – “We were just talking about that. He got 13 shots. They got him off the block and he did a good job of helping off of our perimeter guys and we have to do a better job of getting him the ball. I thought the pace was where we wanted it to be. We wanted to be in the low 70s. DJ Hogg has been shooting the ball really well for us and he had some good looks and unfortunately we weren’t able to put the ball in the hole enough. And again, UCLA is a big reason why.”

Your impressions of Lonzo Ball and did UCLA take on his unselfishness sometimes? – “Yeah and the big thing which made him special is he made big shots. He struggled shooting the ball in the first half and in the second half I mean–at the end of the first half he made some shots. But that big three that he took—that was a deep shot that most of the time as a defense you’re going to say he’s gotta make it. He’s a difference maker for them on the perimeter. I don’t know if they’ve had that the last year or two when he could go make a play for somebody else and he can make a play for himself. He’s a really good player.”

How did you feel with three of four minutes left about your chances? – “We felt good. We thought if we could keep it under five then maybe the pressure would revert back to on them and then Lonzo Ball hit a big shot. Thought we had a transition basket where we threw it behind when we had a chance to lay it up. And then we turned it over at the top where our post guy—Robert Williams and DJ [Hogg] gave them the ball. You can’t make those mistakes against a top 10, top 15 team, basically on the road. Again, UCLA is really good.”

Texas A&M Tyler Davis – What did you think of the way UCLA guarded you and did they have anyone who could really match up with you? – ” No, they had nobody that could match up with me. But they did do a good job of what coach Kennedy said, getting me off the block. I felt comfortable, but in our offense, me being on the block is where the money is at. And I have to do a better job of being in my position and creating angles for my guards to get me the ball.”

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Rivers tosses 3 TDs to help Chargers over Texans 21-13

HOUSTON (AP) _ Philip Rivers threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns to give the San Diego Chargers a 21-13 win over the mistake-prone Houston Texans on Sunday.

Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown to help San Diego (5-6) to the victory.

The Texans (6-5) lost in Houston for the first time this season after winning their first five here. Playing a large part were four turnovers, including three interceptions by Brock Osweiler.

The Chargers were up by four in the fourth quarter when Rivers evaded the rush and delivered a 25-yard pass to Inman. Kareem Jackson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the play, leaving San Diego at the 12-yard line. Rivers delivered a touchdown pass to rookie Hunter Henry on the next play to push the lead to 21-10.

Osweiler’s second interception came after that when he badly overthrew C.J. Fiedorowicz and Dwight Lowery made the easy grab.

Houston added a field goal with 37 seconds left and recovered an onside kick. But Osweiler’s first shot at the end zone was knocked down, and the second one was intercepted as time expired.

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Cowboys Hold Off Redskins, 31-26

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-26 Thursday. The Redskins got swept by their NFC East rival, and the defending division champions fell 3 1/2 games behind Dallas with five games left after their seventh Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys in eight tries.

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Football Falls to LSU in Regular Season Finale

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Derrius Guice ran for a school-record 285 yards with four touchdowns and Danny Etling threw for 324 yards and two scores to give short-handed No. 25 LSU a 54-39 victory over No. 22 Texas A&M on Thursday night.

The Tigers were playing without star running back Leonard Fournette and leading tackler Kendell Beckwith because of injuries. But Guice and Etling did plenty to allow LSU (7-4, 5-3 SEC) to handle Texas A&M, and gave the Tigers a 300-yard passer and a 200-yard rusher in the same game for the first time in school history.

It certainly wasn’t the first time Guice has had a big game this year, with Fournette struggling with an ankle injury for a big chunk of the season. His performance pushed his career-high rushing total to 1,249 and his four TDs were a career high. The game gave him one more yard than Fournette gained to set the school’s single-game rushing record last month.

The Tigers spoke this week about wanting a win to help boost interim coach Ed Orgeron’s chances of keeping the job. But on Thursday reports surfaced that LSU was zeroing in on Houston’s Tom Herman. The reports prompted LSU’s vice chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva and university administration to issue a statement denying they had chosen a new coach and praising Orgeron’s work since taking over in September when Les Miles was fired.

While LSU wasn’t at full strength, the Aggies (8-4, 4-4) were the healthiest they’ve been in weeks, with defensive end Myles Garrett over an ankle injury and quarterback Trevor Knight back from a shoulder injury. Knight made an unexpected return after missing the last two games with the injury. Coach Kevin Sumlin said days after he was injured that he would miss the remainder of the regular season but would return for A&M’s bowl game. Instead he returned to throw for 211 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter with what looked to be a knee injury.

The Aggies cut the lead to 10 with a field goal on the opening drive of the second half, but soon Guice was at work again. His second 45-yard touchdown run came on LSU’s next drive to extend the lead to 27-10. Texas A&M failed to convert on fourth-and-4 to give the Tigers the ball back and Guice got to the end zone again, this time on a 6-yard run, to make it 34-10.

Texas A&M cut to deficit with touchdowns three times after that, but each time LSU responded with TDs of its own to keep the game out of reach.

Guice, who had 37 carries, had 65 yards rushing on LSU’s first possession, highlighted by a 45-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0. The Aggies tied it in the first with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Knight to Christian Kirk.

The Tigers added two field goals before Devin White forced and recovered a fumble by freshman Trayveon Williams late in the second quarter. He returned it for what was initially ruled a touchdown but was called back after a review. It didn’t matter much though as Etling connected with Malachi Dupre two plays later on a 20-yard scoring pass that extended LSU’s lead to 20-7.

 

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Aggies Roll Northridge in Wooden Legacy Opener

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

FULLERTON, Calif. — D.J. Hogg scored 25 points, Admon Gilder added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Texas A&M cruised to a comfortable 95-73 win over Cal State Northridge in the first round of the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday.

The Aggies (3-1) used a 27-4 run over the final 7:31 of the first half to separate from the Matadors (2-3), holding CSUN without a field goal for the final 9:12 and off the scoreboard entirely for the final 4:28.

Hogg provided the offense early on for Texas A&M, scoring 10 of the team’s first 14 points, but things got stagnant after he picked up his second foul with 15:11 remaining and sat for the rest of the half. It wasn’t until Gilder and Tyler Davisgot going, combining for 18 points and eight assists in the half, that Texas A&M found its footing.

Micheal Warren had 19 points and Tavrion Dawson added 13 for CSUN, which has now dropped its three games against Power 5 opposition by an average of 21.3 points.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M: The Aggies found their offensive balance. Texas A&M only had three scorers in double figures and was 6 of 23 from 3-point range in its loss to Southern California last week, but had seven players with at least eight points on Thursday as the shot selection and ball distribution was much improved. With a young lineup starting three sophomore and bringing touted freshman Robert Williams off the bench, spreading out production will be key during the ups and downs of SEC play.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M is only assured of one more nonconference game against Power 5 opposition, a December 17th game against No. 8 Arizona. The Aggies will hope to draw Virginia Tech for Friday’s second-round game and get a showcase against the Bruins in the championship game Sunday.


Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
Texas A&M 95, CSUN 73
Nov. 24, 2016 ? Titan Gym (Fullerton, Calif.)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
? The Aggies improved to 3-1 with a 95-73 victory over CSUN Thursday during the opening round of the 2016 Wooden Legacy at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif.
? The meeting was the first ever between the two schools on the hardwood.

TEAM NOTES
? The 53 points scored by the Aggies during the first half set a Wooden Legacy record for points in an opening stanza.
? Texas A&M held an opponent under 38 percent shooting for the fourth consecutive game, allowing the Matadors to convert just 37.5 percent of their attempts in the contest (24-for-64).
? On the offensive end the Aggies shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64), including a blistering 20-of-34 mark (58.8 percent) in the first half.
? A&M ended the opening period on a 17-0 run, holding the Matadors without a field goal for the half’s final 9:12 to take a 53-28 lead into the intermission.
? Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of JC Hampton, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Tyler Davis for the fourth time this season (3-1).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
? Sophomore forward DJ Hogg got off to a torrid start in the contest, scoring 10 points in the game’s first 4:23 en route to finishing with a career-high 25 points … The sharpshooter finished 9-of-12 from the field with a 3-of-4 mark from 3-point range.
? Sophomore guard Admon Gilder also enjoyed a big afternoon, setting his personal best with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting … The Dallas native added seven boards and five assists (just one turnover) in the win.
? Freshman Robert Williams tied his season high with 11 points, while sharing top rebounding honors at seven with Gilderand senior Tavaio Miller. Williams also added a game-best four blocks during the outing.
? Graduate senior transfer JC Hampton also hit a season best with nine points, connecting on 3-of-5 3-point field goals.
? Freshmen Mark French and Kyle Nugent each made their Texas A&M debuts in the contest, while sophomore Frank Byerssaw his first action of the season.
? Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy improved to 102-71 in his sixth season at Texas A&M and 313-250 in 19 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT
? The Aggies return to the court tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. (CT) where they will face the winner of today’s New Mexico-Virginia Tech matchup in the winner’s bracket of the 2016 Wooden Legacy.

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Aggies Celebrate Senior Night with Win Over LSU

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M volleyball team made sure its five seniors were victorious in their final appearance at Reed Arena as the Aggies defeated LSU, 25-17, 25-27, 25-18, 25-22, in front of 2,604 on Thanksgiving Eve.

It was the sixth consecutive home victory for the Aggies, who improved to 20-8 overall and 14-3 in Southeastern Conference matches with only a Saturday match at Auburn remaining on the regular season schedule. LSU, which had gone home triumphant in three of its last four trips to College Station, falls to 9-19 overall and 4-13 in SEC play.

The Aggies set a school record for digs in an SEC match with 103, with senior defensive specialist Victoria Arenas and junior libero Amy Nettles both posting personal season highs with 25 and 24 digs, respectively. Senior setter Kaysie Shebeneck had a career-high 12 digs and also posted the second double-double of her career by adding 15 sets in two sets played. Junior starting setter Stephanie Aiple dished out 28 assists, appearing in three sets.

Senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers added a team-high four blocks to give her 549 for her career, putting her within four blocks of breaking the Texas A&M all-time career record of 552 total blocks held by Cindy Lothspeich (1994-97). Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake had three blocks, including two block assists to give her 136 blocks assists and put her in fourth place all-time in the A&M season block assist records.

The Aggies used an 11-1 run to open up a 14-5 lead in the first set. The Tigers, who were outhit, .192 to .120, got back within seven points for the second time at 22-15 before the teams began to trade points for the remainder of the frame.

There were 17 ties and four lead changes in the second set, which saw LSU outhit A&M, .177 to .137, to pull off the win and even the match at a set apiece. A&M equaled its largest lead at 14-11 before LSU charged back, scoring four unanswered point to go up, 15-14. A&M tied the score seven times before retaking the lead at 23-22 following back-to-back kills by Babers. LSU got a kill coming out of a timeout to tie the score, but McGee put the Aggies at set point with a cross-court shot, which LSU unsuccessfully challenged that the ball landed wide.

An A&M attack error evened the score, and the Tigers served an ace to go up, 25-24. A&M called a timeout, and LSU served long when play resumed, knotting the score at 25-all. The Tigers’ Toni Rodriguez caromed a kill off the Aggie block to put LSU at set point for a second time, and A&M followed with an attack error to end the set.

LSU held a 15-14 advantage in the third set before a dump kill by Aiple marked the start of a 5-0 run by the Aggies. A&M, which outhit LSU, .189 to .026, held the lead for the rest of the set and was ahead, 22-18, when Hans powered the ball through the seam in the LSU block to record her seventh kill of the set. Junior outside hitter Ashlie Reasor followed with a well-placed tip kill, and Hans capped the stanza with an ace.

There were 13 ties and six lead changes in the fourth and final set. The Tigers had used a 3-0 run to take a 12-11 advantage, but Hans countered with a kill and an ace to put the Aggies back on top, 13-12. A&M, which hit .270 while holding LSU to a .158 hitting efficiency, took its largest lead of the frame at 19-15 following three consecutive attack errors by the Tigers. LSU would fight back and tie the score at 21- and 22-all before McGee pounded down a kill on one play and then softly tipped the ball in for a kill on the next play to put A&M at match point. McGee then teamed with Babers for a block to close out the contest.

A&M outhit LSU, .192 to .128, for the match, and led in kills (63-46), assists (57-44) and digs (103-78). The Tigers led in aces (5-2) and blocks (10-7).

All five A&M seniors saw action in their final appearance in front of the 12th Man at Reed Arena, including Katelyn Labhart, who was in the starting lineup as a defensive specialist and Emily Hardesty, who came off the bench to play outside hitter. The seniors were then honored in a postmatch ceremony.

With the victory, Texas A&M finished 8-2 in home matches and also reached the 20-win milestone for the third consecutive year and the 17th time in 24 years under head coach Laurie Corbelli.

The Aggies’ match at Auburn on Saturday begins at 12:30 p.m. at Auburn Arena.

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Texas A&M postmatch quotes:

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH LAURIE CORBELLI:

On playing the seniors in the second set…
“I had full belief that they could do it. It was a group that’s not on the court a lot together all the time. I expected it to be a little choppy. Those players have all played together a lot but not in that situation at the same time…I knew at the end we could get this win and so I wasn’t really that concerned about that carrying over into the rest of the match.”

On strategy of the second set…
“… I’m glad that we got to get all the seniors on the floor at the same time. That was really cool, especially when in the second set, there was a time where all five seniors were on the floor with Amy Nettles and it was really cool. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do that in the past.”

On senior Victoria Arenas‘ 25 digs tonight…
“It’s really good for her. [LSU is] a team that hits a lot of shots across their body back towards the right side of our court. It takes a little bit of time getting used to it. She is one of our quickest defenders and she was able to just get her hands on so many of them and did a beautiful job. I was really proud of her.”

On bouncing back from Sunday’s loss and Kentucky…
“We knew once we got our passing going and got our rhythm… that we would be fine. I thought we made more errors than normal. Even in the first set with six hitting errors, it’s kind of unlike us. We had more errors than that team, and lately we’ve been cutting our errors so much. I’m not really sure what it’s representing but I hope we got it out of our system.”

On the crowd at Reed Arena tonight…
“I thought this was more special [than previous senior nights]. I really didn’t know what to expect with campus being so empty today. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I walked out and I was so excited that so many people came. I saw some volleyball teams, students, and season ticket holders; it’s almost like everybody in town showed up. It was a really rewarding feeling to have at the end of the season. It’s been a long season; it’s been a rough season in a lot of ways. We’ve overcome a lot of things, and for those fans to continue to support us through it all has been really nice.”

TEXAS A&M SENIOR MIDDLE BLOCKER JAZZMIN BABERS

On her last game at Reed Arena…
“I’m not a very emotional person. It was great. It came through my mind at one time towards the end of the fourth set. It’s kind of what I expected. It was good at the end.”

On climbing the ladder from freshman to senior year…
“I just try to do the best that I can in every match. The stats and the records are not necessarily something that I’m striving for; it just comes along with playing. It being my fourth year and starting in every match and playing every match, naturally you’ll get stats and break records. It tends to come along every day in our games.  It’s not something I’m really focused on.”

On other seniors playing today…
“That was awesome. It was good just to play with them. I’ve been here for five years, played with them for four years. Just to get to see Kaysie (Shebeneck) and Emily (Hardesty) playing a lot more in this game, it was great.”

On Reed Arena’s crowd tonight…
“We walked out for warmups and there was already a massive amount of people there. That kind of shocked us. Leave it to the 12th Man to come out the day before Thanksgiving and watch us play and support us. It was awesome. That was just great to play in front of such a solid crowd for one last time.”

TEXAS A&M FRESHMAN OUTSIDE HITTER HOLLANN HANS

On playing for the seniors…
“Before the game we talked about what we wanted to do for the seniors, to make this last game at Reed Arena the best for them. We wanted to go out with a bang and play our best.”

On her career-high 20 kills tonight…
“I don’t really go in striving for that. I just go and play to the best of my ability, and it just so happened that I got those kills.”

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Aggies Move to 4-0 with Win at Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Texas A&M took control with a 16-0 run in the third quarter, defeating Little Rock 55-37 in a women’s basketball game at the Jack Stephens Center on Wednesday.

The Aggies move to 4-0 for the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in the past eight years.

Facing a 21-20 deficit at halftime, the Aggies went on a 16-0 run that spanned 7:44 of game time and built a 37-23 lead. Little Rock (1-4) went 0-for-9 from the field in that stretch, and had two shot clock violations.

Khaalia Hillsman led the Aggies with 15 points, and was joined in double figures by Anriel Howard with 11 and Danni Williams with 11. Howard had her second double-double of the season, leading the Aggies with 12 rebounds.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday, November 26 to host Abilene Christian at 6:30 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES
• Texas A&M is 4-0 for the fourth straight year and the seventh time in the past eight years.
• The 37 points allowed are the fewest Texas A&M has allowed since Jan. 10, 2016 at LSU
• Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair ties with Little Rock head coach Joe Foley with 721 career wins. The pair are tied for seventh among active coaches and 13th all-time in career wins.
o Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 721-292 as a head coach and 312-129 at Texas A&M
• The Aggies took control of the game with a 16-0 run in the third quarter that spanned 7:44 of game time and gave Texas A&M a 37-23 lead.
o Texas A&M allowed four points in the third quarter, which ties for the fewest ever allowed by Texas A&M in a quarter.
• Anriel Howard had her second double double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
o She has either 10+ points or 10+ rebounds in every game this season o She has three straight 10+ rebound games and eight in her career
o She has three 10+ point games this season and five for her career
• Khaalia Hillsman scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and 17th time in her career
• Danni Williams scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and fifth time in her career
• Texas A&M has won each of the last seven games that Curtyce Knox has started, dating back to 2015-16.
• The Aggies return to action on Saturday, November 26 at 6 p.m. to host Abilene Christian at Reed Arena.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Former Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson breaks down A&M offense

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Former Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson breaks down the changes in the Aggie offense after Trevor Knight’s injury and analyzes quarterback Jake Hubenak’s play. Ross Dellenger of The Advocate previews LSU and hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor give their thoughts on the Aggies’ Thanksgiving matchup and the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

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