No. 20 Texas A&M took a 5-0 lead in the first 1:31 and never looked back in a 92-69 victory against Arkansas in its SEC home opener.
The Aggies practically ran Arkansas out of the building on Saturday thanks to 28 points from senior guard Jalen Jones. Texas A&M was in a sharing mood as well with 20 assists on 32 buckets.
“I’m just trying to do everything I can to help my team win the game,” Jones said according to TexAgs. “I was able to hit shots, which helped me on defense.”
The Aggies (11-2, 1-0) outclassed the Razorbacks (6-7, 0-1) and led by as many as 24 points on Saturday. It was truly a team effort for Texas A&M, as five players scored double-digit point totals. Senior guard Alex Caruso also made some history during the blowout win.
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A&M coach Billy Kennedy praised Caruso for his versatile skill set and his determination to improve.
“Caruso is a special kid,” Kennedy said according to TexAgs. “You don’t get to coach guys like him often. He’s unselfish and he can play. He’s been working on his shot.”
Jones paid a unique compliment to his backcourt teammate when discussing the record after the game.
“He’s a great gambler,” Jones said of Caruso according to KAGS sports reporter Colin Deaver.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson praised the Aggies and said they looked like a Sweet Sixteen team on Saturday, according to Deaver. Kennedy said his team believes it is an NCAA Tournament-caliber squad and that desire to make the big dance has fueled his team’s fire.
“We’ve said all along that we we believe we are an NCAA Tournament team,” Kennedy said according to TexAgs. “We’re building off of that confidence.”
Texas A&M will try to make it five consecutive victories when it travels to Mississippi State on Wednesday. Arkansas will host Vanderbilt in its conference home opener on Tuesday.