Texas A&M defeats Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 66-54

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy had a simple message for his squad prior to its contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

"We've got to learn how to play the game the right way," Kennedy said.

Tuesday night was a start, as Fabyon Harris scored 17 points and combined with Elston Turner to go 7 of 11 on 3-pointers, and the Aggies eased past the Islanders 66-54.

"I thought we did a pretty good job of ball movement, for the most part," Kennedy said.

That was a problem in the Aggies' 65-54 setback against Oklahoma on Saturday in the All-College Classic, but A&M rectified the situation against a lesser opponent.

"That was just a bad offensive outing against Oklahoma, and we had to correct some things," Turner said. "For the most part, we shared the ball, and up until the last part of the game, we took care of the ball. We had a lot of positives, but there is still a lot of stuff we have to work on."

Harris was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers, and Turner, who scored 14 points, was 4 of 7 from behind the arc. The Aggies (8-2) never trailed, led 39-25 at halftime and didn't let up against their brethren from the A&M university system.

Will Nelson led the Islanders (1-7) with 17 points, but A&M-Corpus Christi lost its seventh consecutive game after opening the season with a 60-49 victory over Texas Lutheran.

"We have so many moments where we look like a really good basketball team, and then we have moments where we look like we've never played the game before," Islanders coach Willis Wilson said. "It's frustrating for everybody."

While the Aggies shot 54 percent from the 3-point line — slightly better than their 53 percent overall shooting effort — the Islanders were just 2 of 18 from long range.

"It's easy to get discouraged when you have as many good looks as we did, and you don't make them," Wilson said. "We've got to make our open shots. We're not expecting our shots to go in, and that's got to change."

A&M had five more turnovers than the Islanders, and 10 of the Aggies' 15 miscues occurred in the second half with a comfortable lead.

"To be a good basketball team, you have to be able to make the simple plays," Kennedy said of his players trying to get a little too fancy with the ball late in the contest.

The Aggies were short-handed at guard, as backup Jordan Green missed his first game this season with strep throat. Harris came off the bench for only the third time all season and responded with a season high in points, having scored 14 twice before.

"Coach had told me I would be coming off the bench for this game, and I accepted that role and just did what I could to help our team win," Harris said.

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