Mavericks, Spurs and Rockets Fall on the Road


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ DeMarcus Cousins scored 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, and the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Dallas Mavericks 112-98 on Monday night.

Rajon Rondo had 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 for the Kings, who had dropped six straight to Dallas and 21 of the previous 23 meetings. Sacramento outscored the Mavericks 22-13 in the third to take the lead for good.

Chandler Parsons had 14 points for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia both scored 13.

Dallas, which has dropped four of five, missed 28 of 37 attempts from 3-point range.

Darren Collison added 15 points and Omri Casspi 10 for the Kings. Cousins grabbed nine rebounds and Rondo had five assists.


CHICAGO (AP) _ Pau Gasol had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls snapped San Antonio’s five-game winning streak with a 92-89 victory over the Spurs on Monday night.

Jimmy Butler scored 14 points and reserve Doug McDermott had 12 for Chicago in the opener of a four-game homestand. Joakim Noah contributed eight points, seven assists and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

Gasol blocked LaMarcus Aldridge on a drive with 1:06 left, and then hit one of two foul shots on the other end for a 90-89 lead. After Manu Ginobili missed for San Antonio, Butler hit two free throws with 10.6 seconds left.

The Spurs had one last chance, but Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker each missed 3-point attempts in the final seconds. Parker’s try was partially blocked by Derrick Rose, who finished with 11 points and six assists.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Reggie Jackson had 31 points and Andre Drummond added 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 116-105 on Monday night.

The game was decided by a first half where the Pistons built a 23-point lead over a team that went to the Western Conference finals six months ago. Houston shot 31. percent in the half, managing only four assists on 50 possessions, and allowed the Pistons to hit 55 percent from the floor.

The Rockets got back into the game by constantly intentionally fouling Drummond _he went 4-for-18 from the line _ but were never within one possession.

Rookie Stanley Johnson had 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for Detroit, while James Harden scored 29 for the Rockets.

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Kirk Named a Semifinalist for Tyler Rose Award

TYLER, Texas – Texas A&M freshman Christian Kirk was named one of 16 finalists for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award announced Monday afternoon. The candidates includes five quarterbacks, five running backs and six wide receivers from five conferences.

Kirk gained 130 all-purpose yards against LSU on Saturday to set a new Texas A&M freshman single-season record, passing the total of 1,542 set by Cyrus Gray in 2008. The Arizona native raised his season total to 1,659 yards, which ranks fifth in school history behind Cyrus Gray (1,806, 2010), Darren Lewis (1,739 in 1990 and 1,705 in 1988) and Leeland McElroy (1,709 in 1995). Kirk needs 65 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season, to go along with his 45 rush, 341 punt-return and 348 kick-return yards.

The freshman wide out paced the Aggies with eight touchdowns on the year, six receiving and two punt return. Kirk’s pair of punt return touchdowns, a 68-yard return against Alabama and 79-yard run back against Arizona State, made him the first Aggie with multiple punt return touchdowns in a single season since Aaron Glenn in 1993.

Finalists for the Tyler Rose Award will be selected and announced on Dec. 7 followed by an award banquet in Tyler, Texas, on Jan. 13, 2016, to name the winner.

2015 Tyler Rose Award Semifinalists
J. T. Barrett, Ohio State, QB, Sophomore – Wichita Falls, Texas   (Rider HS) – Big Ten
Trevone Boykin, TCU, QB, Senior – Dallas, Texas (West Mesquite HS) – Big 12
Corey Coleman, Baylor, WR, Junior – Richardson, Texas (Pearce HS) – Big 12
Josh Doctson, TCU, WR, Senior – Mansfield, Texas (Legacy HS) – Big 12
Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, WR, Senior – Daingerfield, Texas (Daingerfield HS) – American Athletic Conference
Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech, WR, Senior – Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite Horn HS) – Big 12
Aaron Green, TCU, TB, Senior – San Antonio, Texas (Madison HS) – Big 12
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, WR, Freshman – Scottsdale, Arizona (Saguaro HS) – SEC
Shock Linwood, Baylor, RB, Junior – Linden, Texas (Linden-Kildare HS) – Big 12
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, QB, Sophomore – Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse HS) – Big 12
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB, Junior – Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS) – Big 12
Samaje Perine, Oklahoma, RB, Sophomore – Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS) – Big 12
Larry Rose, III, New Mexico State, RB, Sophomore – Fairfield, Texas (Fairfield HS) – Sunbelt Conference
Greg Ward Jr., Houston, QB, Junior – Tyler, Texas (John Tyler HS) – American Athletic Conference
DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech, RB, Senior – Missouri City, Texas (Thurgood Marshall HS) – Big 12
James Washington, Oklahoma State, WR, Sophomore – Stamford, Texas (Stamford HS) – Big 12

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year D1 Texas college.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: or 903-592-1661, extension 237.

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Courtney Williams Named SEC Co-Player of the Week

BIRMINGTHAM, Ala.- Texas A&M women’s basketball senior guard/forward Courtney Williams was named SEC Co-Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. Williams had A&M’s first 30+ point game since 2013 in a win over then-No. 16 Cal on Friday.

This is the first SEC Player of the Week honor of Williams’ career, and marks the second straight week a Texas A&M player has been honored by the league.Courtney Walker earned SEC Co-Player of the Week honors a week ago. This is the first time since the 2010-11 season that A&M has won conference player of the week awards in back-to-back weeks (Danielle Adams, Dec. 13 & Dec. 20).

Williams averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and shot 53.3% from the field against two ranked teams, and was named to the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout All-Tournament Team last week.

Williams scored a career-high 32 points against the Golden Bears, leading the Aggies to a 75-58 win, the most for an A&M player against a ranked team since Jan. 20, 2001. With just over 13 minutes left in the game, Williams’ 28 points matched Cal’s total as a team. It was the first 30+ point game of Williams’ career and the second by any SEC player this year.

The Houston, Texas native scored 21 points against then-No. 11 Ohio State, but it was not enough as the Aggies fell 95-80. She had 10 first quarter points, helping the Aggies build a 19-4 lead that they could not hold.

Williams shared the honor with A’ja Wilson of South Carolina.

The No. 12 Aggies return to action at 9 p.m. CT on Friday, December 4 at the Tom Weston Invitational in Laie, Hawai’i against Hawai’i.

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Texas A&M’s Aiple Named SEC Player, Setter of the Week

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M sophomore Stephanie Aiple (pronounced EYE-plee) was named SEC Player of the Week for a second time, and she also was tabbed SEC Setter of the Week for a league-leading sixth time this season, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Aiple, the 2015 SEC Player of the Year, averaged 12.11 assists per set while directing the Aggie offense to a .274 combined hitting percentage in road wins against both Missouri and Arkansas. The Round Rock Texas, native also hit .500 and averaged 1.11 kills, 1.33 blocks and 1.39 points per set as A&M extended its win streak to 14 matches.

Aiple had a career-high 62 assists in the victory against Missouri that clinched A&M’s first-ever conference championship. In the decisive fifth set, the Aggie setter recorded 14 assists as A&M closed out the match with a 15-10 victory. It marked the second time this season Aiple had 60 or more assists in a match and the eighth time she had 50-plus assists in a match this season.

Against Arkansas, Aiple dished out 47 assists and also set a season high and tied her career high with eight kills and finished with a season-high 8.5 points. She also added eight digs in the win against the Razorbacks.

Aiple, who currently ranks 16th in the nation and third in the SEC with 11.43 assists per set for the full season, finished SEC play with 11.50 assists per set in conference matches only. She directed an A&M offense that led the league in assists (13.46) per set and finished second in hitting percentage (.275) and kills per set (14.32). A&M also finished SEC play 16-2 (.889), marking the highest conference winning percentage in school history.

Other SEC honorees are Offensive Player of the Week Alex Warren of Mississippi State, Defensive Player of the Week Ashley Dusek of Kentucky and Freshman of the Week

Texas A&M received an automatic berth to the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Championship and will host first and second rounds, Friday and Saturday at Reed Arena. The Aggies (23-6), an all-time high No. 10 seed in the 64-team tournament, play host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (31-4) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena. The match follows another first-round match-up between Hawaii (26-1) and TCU (19-9) at 4:30 p.m. at Reed.

The two first-round winners will meet in the second round, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Reed, with the winner earning a berth into the Des Moines Regional, Dec. 11-12, at Wells Fargo Arena.

A&M, which enters the tournament riding a 14-match win streak and 12-1 in home matches, is making its fifth consecutive and 23rd overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. This marks the Aggies’ 19th appearance under 23rd-year head coach Laurie Corbelli.

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Aggie Volleyball Jumps to #15 in AVCA Poll


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Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Creighton 81; Arizona 80; Michigan 49; Colorado 33; Long Beach State 28; San Diego 19; SMU 17; Arizona State 8; Loyola Marymount 5; Wichita State 3

Three teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of six combined points.

Dropped Out:
Arizona 23

Dropped Out: December 21, 2015


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Texas A&M Ranked #18 in New AP Poll

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Aggie Women’s Basketball Drops First of The Year

The No. 10 Texas A&M women’s basketball team could not hold off Kelsey Mitchell and No. 11 Ohio State, as the Buckeyes rallied to a 95-80 win over the Aggies in the South Point Shootout at the South Point Arena.

The Aggies (5-1) jumped out to a 19-4 lead, and led 38-36 at the half. Ohio State (4-2) used a 27-13 third quarter, and led by as many as 15 in the game.

Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 42 points, the most by an A&M opponent since Fannie Allen of Pepperdine scored 43 on Dec. 8, 1980.

Texas A&M was led by Courtney Williams who scored 21, her second straight game with at least that many. She was joined in double figures by Courtney Walker (19) and Jordan Jones (12), marking the 16th time in their careers that all three have reached double figures in the same game. The Aggies are 11-5 in those games.

The Aggies return to action on Dec. 4 to take on Hawai’i in Laie, Hawai’i to start the Tom Weston Invitational. A&M returns home to Reed Arena on Dec. 7 to host SMU at 11 a.m. in Elementary School Day.

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A&M Volleyball Makes It 14 In A Row

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 19 Texas A&M will take a 14-match win streak into the NCAA Championship tournament after capping its most successful conference season in school history with a 25-27, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 victory over Arkansas today at Barnhill Arena.

The Aggies (23-6), who clinched their first-ever conference championship on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory at Missouri and secured an automatic berth in the postseason tournament, finish SEC play 16-2 (.889), marking the highest conference winning percentage in program history.

A&M avenged its only home loss of the season, a 3-1 setback to the the Razorbacks in the Aggies’ SEC season opener on Sept. 27. Sophomore outside hitter Kiara McGee led A&M with 15 kills, and junior outside hitter Emily Hardesty and redshirt junior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers also posted double-digit kills with 13 and 10, respectively, as sophomore setter Stephanie Aiple dished out 47 assists. Babers took match-high honors in blocks with nine, and sophomores Amy Nettles and Gabby Litwin led in digs with 14 and 10, respectively.

A&M spotted Arkansas a 4-0 lead to start the match and trailed the opening set, 21-17, before the Aggies recorded four kills and a block during a 5-0 run that gave A&M its first lead, 22-21. Pilar Victoria ended the run and tied the score at 22-22 with a kill, but McGee countered with a kill to put A&M up 23-22. Babers put the Aggies at set point, connecting on Aiple’s one-handed set for a kill, but Victoria kept the Razorbacks alive, tooling the A&M block for her sixth kill. A&M then hit into the net on the ensuing play, knotting the score at 24-24.

Following an A&M timeout, McGee delivered a kill on an assist from Babers, putting A&M at set point for the third time. Arkansas, however, got back-to-back kills form Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Barbara Dapic, putting the Razorbacks serving for the set, 26-25. A&M hit out of bounds on its next attack attempt, giving the Razorbacks the win.

It would mark the sixth time in seven all-time meetings between the two programs that the team that won the first set ends up losing the match.

Babers had four kills during an 8-1 run that put the Aggies ahead, 10-4, in the second set. A&M would continue to distance itself, later going on a 6-1 burst that was spearhead by McGee’s four kills as well as strong serving by senior middle blockerShelby Sullivan. A&M, which outhit Arkansas, .410 to .205 in the frame, built its largest lead at 24-13 following Nettles’ desperation dig that fell on Arkansas’ side, resulting in a kill to put the Aggies at set point. Arkansas extended the set with a kill, and A&M followed with back-to-back errors before Hardesty clinched the win with a kill.

A&M once against spotted the Razorbacks a 4-0 lead to begin the third set but used an 8-1 surge to take the lead, 10-7. Arkansas, which was held to a -.024 hitting efficiency in the stanza, would later regain the lead, 16-15, following a 4-0 run. Sophomore opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor teamed with Babers for a block to tie the score, and Babers followed with a solo block to return the lead to the Aggies, 17-16. Arkansas’ Chanell Clark-Bibbs tied the score for the final time with a kill, but Reasor propelled the Aggies to a 20-17 lead with a block and back-to-back kills.

Arkansas fought back to within a point at 20-19 and again at 22-21 before the teams began to sideout for the remainder of the set. A&M was up, 23-22, and got a lucky break when Arkansas was whistled for being in the net while attacking an A&M overpass, putting the Aggies at set point. McGee hit long on the next play, but then teamed with Babers for a set-ending block.

There were 12 ties in the fourth set, the last coming at 18-18 before McGee gave the Aggies the lead for good after putting down an Arkansas overpass for a kill. A&M went on to build its largest lead at 24-21 as Sullivan had two of her five kills in the frame on back-to-back plays. Arkansas fought off two match points with a kill and a block before Hardesty closed the match with a kill.

A&M outhit Arkansas, .291 to .185 for the match and led in kills, 65-54. A&M also led in assists (61-52), digs (59-55) and blocks (13-11).

Victoria, the league leader in kills and points per set, led all players with 19 kills and 15 digs. Arkansas, which was outhit, .291 to .185, ends the season 17-13, including 7-11 in SEC play.

The 64-team NCAA Championship bracket will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. Texas A&M earned an automatic berth in the postseason tournament by winning the SEC championship and will be making its fifth consecutive and 23rd overall appearance in the NCAA postseason tournament.

Sixteen teams will host first and second rounds Dec. 3-4 or 4-5. A&M is one of 26 teams that has the potential to host the first two rounds according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s host watch list that was announced earlier this week.

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Post-match quotes:

Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli

On ending the regular season with the win…
“This was a really, really tough match to prepare for. Having already won the SEC, it didn’t have implications on the standings. Arkansas beat us at home to open SEC play. For us, it was the only team we hadn’t beaten in the SEC this season, and that was our motivation. We were on the road and they really have such an athletic group and they’ve upset so many top-25 teams. It was really, really a very tough match. I thought the players, as beat up as we are, and as exhausted–an emotional exhaustion, is really present–they just really continued to grind it out and fight through. They just trust each other a lot. They believe in each other. They’ve been great at listening to adjustments. We had to make a ton of adjustments today, defensively especially. So I’m just really proud of finishing with a win and in a match that I think a lot of teams would have dropped.”

On what happened in the first set and what changed after…
“We really couldn’t get our offense going again. We couldn’t get our middles the ball the way we needed to. I think sometimes if we have a slow start, that’s what’s happening. It’s hitters getting a feel for what the defense is going to be giving them. I think we take a little too long figuring that out. I just think it was more offensive than anything. They know that if they keep working together that things will start to happen in a good way. We started covering so well in the second set that Arkansas had only one block through the first two sets. A lot of that was our coverage. We complimented the team on how great they were doing with that. I think just the ability to keep coming back. I think that’s just something they have learned. We’ve been here before, let’s just do it again. So it was something that wasn’t that new for them.”

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LSU Outruns The Aggies

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) —  Leonard Fournette ran for 159 yards and a touchdown and LSU beat Texas A&M 19-7 on Saturday night.

Derruis Guice had a 50-yard touchdown run and 75-yard kickoff return for LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), which ended a three-game skid.

Fournette’s performance gave him LSU’s single-season rushing record at 1,741 yards, surpassing the mark of 1,686 yards set by Charles Alexander in 1977.

Kyle Allen passed for 161 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies (8-4, 4-4), but had a pass intercepted by Donte Jackson inside the final 2 minutes, all but sealing LSU’s victory.

Manziel had 1,410 in 2012. Carson is the first RB to hit 1,000 since Gray had 1,045 in 2011.
•   After tonight’s 19-carry, 69-yard effort, Carson is 31 rushing yards away from becoming the 19th Aggie with 2,000 career rushing yards in program history.
•   Kirk needs 65 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season, which would give Texas A&M a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver in the same season for the fourth time in school history.

•   True freshman LB Richard Moore continued to make a huge impact since making his playing debut in game 6 vs. Alabama. The 6-foot-0, 215-pound Moore logged the first double-digit game of his career with 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss and a QB hurry.
•   Posting a game-high and career-high 13 was junior LB Shaan Washington from Alexandria, La. He also chipped in 1.5 tackles for loss.
•   Sophomore DE Myles Garrett, a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, logged a sack to bring his season total to 11.5. He also has 1.5 tackles for loss to bring his season total to 18.5.
•   Junior safety Justin Evans logged his first career interception with a third-quarter pickoff of LSU QB Brandon Harris.

•   Senior P Drew Kaser continued his quest to break the NCAA FBS record for career punt average (minimum of 150 punts). Kaser averaged a whopping 52.0 yards on six punts against the Tigers.
•   Including tonight’s game, Kaser drew to within .01 of the NCAA record of 46.31 set by West Virginia’s Todd Sauerbrun from 1991-94. Kaser will enter the bowl game with a career average of 46.30 (7,455 yards on 161 punts).

•   Game captains were OC Mike Matthews, RT Germain Ifedi, DE Myles Garrett and 12th Man Sam Moeller. LSU won the toss and defers their choice to the second half. The Aggies received the opening kickoff.
•             Moeller was the Aggies’ 12th Man for the 38th straight game, which is a school record.

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Soccer Falls to FSU in Elite Eight

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies had their season come to an end Friday with a 5-0 loss to No. 2 Florida State in NCAA Championship quarterfinal action at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

Playing in their 21st consecutive NCAA Championship tournament, the Aggies’ youthful starting squad Friday featured only one player who started last season’s College Cup semifinal match against Virginia.

The Aggies ended the season with a 17-7-2 mark on the year. The Maroon and White extended their streak of 15-win seasons to 12 years, the lengthiest active NCAA Division I streak, and made an appearance in their sixth NCAA Championship quarterfinal.

Florida State drew first blood in the 19th minute. Megan Connolly scored her ninth goal of the season, striking a ball from 20 yards to the left of Aggie netminder Danielle Rice. Cheyna Williams and Natalia Kuikka were credited with assists on the goal.

The Seminoles tacked on a goal in the 34th minute. Michaela Hahn went left of Rice from 15 yards, finishing off a pass into the box from Kaycie Tillman.

Florida State (18-2-4) took a 2-0 lead into the intermission. The Seminoles owned the edge in shots (10-1) and took the only corner kick in the first half.

The Seminoles tacked on three goals in the second half with Williams scoring in the 52nd minute and Elin Jensen notching goals in the 69th and 75th minutes.

All of the Aggies’ shots were taken by freshmen with Emily Bates, Brittany Crabtree and Kate Hajdu all uncorking shots.

Texas A&M’s senior class of Janae Cousineau, Kristi Leonard and Karlie Mueller ended their careers with a record of 76-20-7, setting the school record for victories.

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Gary Blair Wins 700th Career Game As No. 10 Aggies Roll No. 16 Cal

LAS VEGAS, Nev.-  Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair won his 700th career game as No. 10 Texas A&M defeated No. 16 Cal 75-58 at South Point Arena in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

Blair is the 16th Division I coach to reach the milestone, accomplishing the feat in his 31st year of coaching. Only six coaches have accomplished the feat in fewer seasons.

Blair, who is ninth among active coaches in career wins, is 700-282 in his career and 292-119 at Texas A&M.

The Aggies (5-0) led by just a point after the first quarter, but a 20-7 edge in the second quarter gave the Aggies a 38-24 lead going into the break. Texas A&M would lead Cal (4-1) by as many as 29 points in the second half as to cruise to victory.

Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 32 points, a career-high and the most for a Texas A&M since Kelsey Bone scored 33 on Dec. 20, 2012, which also happened in Las Vegas, Nev.

Courtney Walker had 18 points, moving into 7th on Texas A&M’s career scoring list, passing Tyra White.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday, November 28 at 2 p.m. CT/12 p.m. PT to take on No. 11 Ohio State in the final game of the South Point Shootout.

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Men’s Hoops Falls to Syracuse in Battle 4 Atlantis Title Game

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP)– Michael Gbinije had 20 points, Malachi Richardson added 16 and Syracuse held off No. 25 Texas A&M 74-67 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

Gbinije was selected the tournament’s most valuable player. Trevor Cooney added 15 points and also made the all-tournament team.

It is Syracuse’s first early season tournament title since the Orange won the 2013 Maui Invitational.

The game was tight throughout the second half and featured nine ties and 12 lead changes.

But after the score was tied at 61, the Orange (6-0) outscored the Aggies (6-1) 13-6 over the final 5:38.

Jalen Jones led Texas A&M with 23 points, and Danuel Houseadded 15.

The Aggies led by two at halftime. That changed in the final 20 minutes as they struggled to get easy baskets. They finished 7 for 11 from the free throw line.

The game was played within a basket for most of the second half.

The Orange was aggressive with its zone, but the Aggies were just as patient working for open shots.

The 3’s kept falling for Syracuse, though, and it finally got some separation at 72-63 on a three-point play by Cooney with 3:10 remaining.

Texas A&M got 16 first-half points from Jones and took two-point lead into halftime.

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Guy Lewis has died at 93

HOUSTON (AP) _ Former University of Houston men’s basketball coach Guy Lewis
has died at 93. Lewis coached the Cougars for 30 years but was best known for
leading the Phi Slama Jama teams to consecutive berths in the NCAA title game in
the 1980s. Lewis won 592 games, reached the Final Four five times and was
inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Red Raiders Edge Horns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ DeAndre Washington ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns as
the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns 48-45 Thursday night for their first road win
in the rivalry since 1997. Warren set a Texas freshman record with 268 yards
rushing and scored four touchdowns. Texas Tech got fourth-quarter touchdown runs
by Justin Stockton and Jakeem Grant.

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Cowboys Clobbered By Carolina, Romo Injured Again

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Carolina Panthers ran their NFL-best winning streak
to 15 regular-season games with a 33-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on
Thursday. Cam Newton got a big boost from a defense that returned two of Tony
Romo’s three interceptions for touchdowns. The Panthers became the 16th NFL team
to start a season 11-0 in a Thanksgiving debut.

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Aggie Soccer To Play In Elite 8 Today

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M faces defending national champion Florida State on Friday in Tallahassee with a chance for the Aggies to advance to their second consecutive College Cup.

Playing in their sixth NCAA Quarterfinal, including their second in a row, the youthful Aggies are on a tournament run that includes a 2-1 win against Washington in the first round, giving North Carolina a second round exit for the first time in the 34-year history of the tournament, and prevailing in a PK shootout against Ole Miss in the third round. Texas A&M’s starting lineup in the third round featured five freshmen and four sophomores.

On Friday, the Aggies’ arsenal will be paced by a sophomore and two freshmen. Second-year player Haley Pounds leads the team with 31 points on a team-high 13 goals to go with five assists. Rookies Emily Bates and Ally Watt have 20 and 14 points, respectively. Bates has seven goals and six assists, and Watt boasts seven goals including the game-winner against UNC. The Aggies will be without the services of Mikaela Harvey who was booked with a dubious second yellow card in the first overtime period against Ole Miss.

On the defensive end, Danielle Rice has three shutouts in six starts. She combined with the Aggie backline to keep North Carolina scoreless in an NCAA Championship game for just the eighth time in 135 matches. The junior goalkeeper made two saves in the six rounds of the penalty kick shootout against Ole Miss.

The Aggies are playing in their 21st consecutive NCAA Championship, one of five teams to play in each of the last 21 tournaments. The other schools to make it to every tournament since 1995 are North Carolina (1982-2014), Notre Dame (1993-2014), Virginia (1994-2014) and Penn State (1995-2014). A&M is 33-20-5 (.612) all-time in the NCAA Championship. This season, the Aggies appeared in the Sweet 16 for the 14th time. The Maroon and White have advanced to the Elite Eight six times, including each of the last two seasons. The Aggies made their first College Cup appearance last season.
Since 1999, Texas A&M has made 13 Sweet Sixteen appearances which is tied with Stanford for fifth in the nation for highest total during that span. The Aggies trail only North Carolina (16), UCLA (16), Virginia (16), and Florida State (15) over that stretch.

Elite Eight (6) – 2001, ’02, ’06, ’08, ’14, ’15
College Cup (1) – 2014

Texas A&M has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship in each of their last 18 appearances. It marks the third-longest active streak behind only North Carolina (34) and Virginia (22). The Maroon and White have gone 16-0-2 during the span, advancing on PKs in 2003 (vs. SMU) and 2010 (vs. North Dakota State).
Since 1999, Texas A&M has made 13 Sweet Sixteen appearances which is tied with Stanford for fifth in the nation for highest total during that span. The Aggies trail only North Carolina (16), UCLA (16), Virginia (16), and Florida State (15) over that stretch.

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A&M Volleyball Wins Southeastern Conference Title

COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 19 Texas A&M won its first-ever conference championship,  capturing the Southeastern Conference title outright with an exciting 19-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-22, 15-10 victory over Missouri tonight at the Hearnes Center.

It was the 13th consecutive victory for the Aggies, who improve to 22-6 overall and 15-2 in SEC matches. A&M also improved to 7-0 in five set matches this season and handed Missouri its first home loss of the season as the Tigers entered the match 10-0 at the Hearnes Center.

Missouri, which was in a must-win situation in order to keep its title hopes alive, falls to 25-5 overall and 13-4 in SEC play.

Like it has done so many times this season, A&M had to fight from behind to get the victory. Missouri held a 2-1 lead in sets and had the momentum after going on a 3-0 run to build a 22-18 lead in the fourth set. Jazzmin Babers ended the Tigers’ rally with a kill, and the Aggies went on to reel off seven unanswered points to close out the frame and force a fifth set.

After evening the match at 2-2, the Aggies took a 4-2 lead in the fifth set after a 3-0 run and never looked back. Kiara McGee later had two kills during another 3-0 surge that put the Aggies up, 10-6. Missouri cut the lead to 11-9 with a kill and a solo block before McGee ended the rally with a kill, and Emily Hardesty followed with a kill to the baseline to put A&M up, 13-10. Kira Larson countered with one of her team-high 17 kills to put the Tigers within 13-10, but Babers answered with her match-high 21st kill to put A&M at match point. The match ended on the next play as Julia Towler’s attack was unable to clear the net, setting off a celebration by the visiting Aggies.

The match began with 10 ties in the opening set, the last coming at 13-all before A&M committed three consecutive errors. Missouri went on to build its largest lead at 22-16 following a kill and an A&M attack error. A&M managed to twice get within four points, the last coming at 23-19 on a kill by Kiara McGee, who led all players with six kills in the stanza. Missouri then equaled its largest lead after Towler put down back-to-back kills to close out a 25-19 victory.

Missouri outhit A&M, .345 to .188 in the frame and held the Aggies’ two All-SEC middle blockers to a combined two kills.

A&M, which entered the match 2-5 this season when dropping the first set, including a 3-2 victory against No. 14 Florida on Sunday, used a six-point run to build a 7-2 lead early in the second set. The middles were much more involved, combining for nine kills.

A&M equaled its largest lead at 16-10, but Missouri went on a 5-1 run to get back within 17-15. A&M kept its two-point margin at 20-18 before Shelby Sullivan got a kill on the slide attack and Missouri had an error to put A&M up, 22-18. The teams exchanged points with a Missouri service error putting the Aggies at set point. Ashlie Reasor ended the set, attacking the second ball and getting the kill.

The third set was tied 12 times, and A&M fought off two set points before Missouri posted back-to-back kills to close out the 27-25 win.

Despite trailing the match 2-1, the Aggies began their comeback, winning the final two sets.

Babers finished with 21 kills and McGee and Sullivan also posted double-figure kills with 17 and 11, respectively.Stephanie Aiple, the SEC Player of the Year, dished out a career-high 62 assists, and sophomore libero Amy Nettles had a career-high 30 digs.

A&M outhit Missouri, .257 to .233, despite getting outblocked, 18-9.

A&M closes out the regular season at Arkansas on Saturday. First serve against the Razorbacks, who defeated A&M at Reed Arena in the SEC opener on Sept. 27, begins at 1:30 p.m. at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville. The match will be broadcast on SEC Network + via

The 64-team NCAA Championship bracket will be announced Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

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Aggie Hoops Advance to Championship at Battle 4 Atlantis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP)– Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Zags’ Silas Melson missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as time expired with House contesting the shot.

Tonny Trocha-Morelos added 14 points for the Aggies (6-0).

The game was tight throughout, with 12 ties and seven lead changes.

Gonzaga (3-1) led for much of the game but missed some key free throws down the stretch. After making six 3-pointers in the first half, the Zags connected on just three in the second.

Kyle Wiltjer led Gonzaga with 18 points. Josh Perkins added 15.

Gonzaga plays the loser of the matchup between UConn and Syracuse in the third-place game Friday.

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College Football Playoff Rankings: Week 12

WEEK 12, NOV 24, 2015

1 Clemson 11-0
2 Alabama 10-1
3 Oklahoma 10-1
4 Iowa 11-0
5 Michigan State 10-1
6 Notre Dame 10-1
7 Baylor 9-1
8 Ohio State 10-1
9 Stanford 9-2
10 Michigan 9-2
11 Oklahoma State 10-1
12 Florida 10-1
13 Florida State 9-2
14 North Carolina 10-1
15 Navy 9-1
16 Northwestern 9-2
17 Oregon 8-3
18 Ole Miss 8-3
19 TCU 9-2
20 Washington State 8-3
21 Mississippi State 8-3
22 UCLA 8-3
23 Utah 8-3
24 Toledo 9-1
25 Temple 9-2

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Texas A&M’s Aiple Named SEC Player of the Year; Corbelli Tabbed Coach of the Year

Texas A&M setter Stephanie Aiple (pronounced EYE-plee) has been named the SEC Player of the Year, and the Aggies’ Laurie Corbelli has been named the SEC Coach of the Year, according to a vote of the Southeastern Conference head volleyball coaches and announced today by the league office.

In addition, Texas A&M middle blockers Jazzmin Babers and Shelby Sullivan join Aiple on the 18-member All-SEC team.

Aiple, a sophomore from Round Rock, Texas, is the first A&M player to be named SEC Player of the Year since the Aggies joined the league in 2012. She becomes the second player in A&M program history and the first as a sophomore to earn conference player of the year accolades, joining former Aggie setter Suzy Wente, who was named Southwest Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1995.

A five-time SEC Setter of the Week and one-time SEC Player of the Week this season, Aiple is third in the SEC and 18th in the nation with 11.35 assists per set. She has directed the A&M offense to a .271 hitting efficiency, ranking second in the SEC and 16th in the nation. In SEC matches only, A&M’s offense is second in the league with a .276 hitting efficiency.

Corbelli collects her third coach of the year distinction in 23 years at the helm of the Aggies, having been named SWC Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995. She is 485-227 at A&M and 585-333 in 30 years as a head coach. Corbelli’s squad is currently 14-2 in league play and in first place in the SEC heading into the final two matches of the regular season. The Aggies, 21-6 overall, are No. 19 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and 10th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.

Babers, a redshirt junior from Bowling Green, Ohio, is making her second consecutive appearance on the all-conference team after being named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2013. Sullivan, a senior from Richardson, Texas, is making her A&M-leading third consecutive appearance on the All-SEC team.

Babers, who has started every match of her career (88), leads the SEC with a .443 hitting percentage in conference matches only. She also ranks second in the SEC with 1.46 blocks per set and is sixth in points (4.17) per set and ninth in kills (3.38) per set. For the full season, Babers is 12th in the nation with a .422 hitting percentage, and she is 19th in the country with 1.40 blocks per set. Babers was a three-time SEC Player of the Week and a four-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week this season and earlier this week was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week.

Sullivan is hitting .408 in conference matches only, ranking fourth in the league. She is eighth with 1.20 blocks per set in SEC matches. The Aggies’ co-captain earned both SEC defensive and offensive player of the week honors this season.

The Aggies return to the court later today to take on the Missouri Tigers, who trail A&M by one game and are second in the SEC standings. The Aggies would clinch Texas A&M’s first-ever conference championship with a win against Missouri and could claim at least share of the conference title with a loss to the Tigers and a win at Arkansas in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

First serve against the Tigers is at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo., and the match will be available on SEC Network + via

The following is the complete list of 2015 SEC volleyball awards:

Player of the Year:  Stephanie Aiple, Texas A&M
Libero of the Year:  Ashley Dusek, Kentucky
Freshman of the Year:  Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Stephanie Campbell, Auburn
Coach of the Year:  Laurie Corbelli, Texas A&M

All-SEC Team
Kat Hutson, Alabama
Krystal Rivers, Alabama
Pila Victoria, Arkansas
Rhamat Alhassan, Florida
Simone Antwi, Florida
Mackenzie Dagostino, Florida
Alex Holston, Florida
Živa Recek, Florida
Morgan Bergren, Kentucky
Kaz Brown, Kentucky
Ashley Dusek, Kentucky
Nakeyta Clair, Ole Miss
Carly Kan, Missouri
Kira Larson, Missouri
Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri
Stephanie Aiple, Texas A&M
Shelby Sullivan, Texas A&M
Jazzmin Babers, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team
Okiana Valle, Arkansas
Breanna McIlroy, Auburn
Brooke Morgan, Kentucky
Kathryn Cather, Ole Miss
Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri
Aubrey Ezell, South Carolina
Erica Treiber, Tennessee

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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