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February 5, 2008

No. 18 Texas A&M rolls at Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa Bryan Davis scored 16 points, Josh Carter added 12 and No. 18 Texas A&M cruised past Iowa State 69-51 Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.

Donald Sloan had 11 points for the Aggies, who went on a 31-9 run that stretched from the end of the first half until midway through the second.

Texas A&M (19-4, 5-3 Big 12), which started 1-3 in conference play, snapped Iowa State's nine-game home winning streak and picked up just its second road win.

The Aggies rallied to take a six-point edge at halftime, then put the game out of reach by hitting 11 of their first 14 shots in the second half. Davis started it with six straight points, and Carter buried a 3 to put the Aggies ahead 39-26.

Carter hit another 3 pointer and Davis added a pair of layups to make it 50-31 with 12:42 left. Texas A&M, which has outrebounded its opponent in all but two games this season, kept Iowa State (13-10, 3-5) off the glass for the opening 7:35 of the second half.

Jiri Hubalek scored 18 points to lead the Cyclones, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Wesley Johnson, playing with a sore left ankle, added 13.

Texas A&M had jumped ahead 19-12 midway through the first half, but Iowa State responded with a 10-0 run. Johnson and Bryan Peterson hit back-to-back 3s, Hubalek buried a turnaround jumper and Craig Brackins nailed a dunk to give the Cyclones a 22-19 lead. It would prove to be their last one of the night.

The Aggies closed out the first half with a 11-2 run, capped by a dunk from freshman DeAndre Jordan, and led 30-24 at the break.

It was all or nothing from the field for both teams in opening half. Neither one grabbed an offensive rebound, and they combined to shoot just four free throws.

With a 3 early in the first half, Iowa State's Rahshon Clark became the first player in Big 12 history with 1,000 points and 100 steals, blocks and 3-pointers.

A major snowstorm that pounded Iowa on Tuesday night left the crowd at Hilton Coliseum lighter than usual. The fans who braved the bad weather saw Iowa State coach Greg McDermott fall to 0-7 against ranked teams.

For more coverage of Texas A&M, visit AggieYell.com; for more on Iowa State, visit CycloneReport.com.

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