Elston Turner was lights out for the Texas A&m Aggies as he dropped 40 points to beat the Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena 83-71.
Turner was 14-19 from the field, 6-10 from the three, and was also 1 for 1 on hurting Kentucky’s chances of a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats seemed to trail the entire game, except for about a minute when they went up by 4, but Turner and the Aggies kept hitting shots and fluster the young Wildcats.
Nerlens Noel was one of the only Wildcats to play up to par, scoring 15 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, blocking 7 shots, and having 4 steals.
Kentucky has a lot to figure out from now until the SEC Tournament, and one has to wonder if the learning process in the SEC could cost the Cats big time come March.
Texas A&M at Kentucky
Men’s Basketball Post-Game Notes
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., January 12, 2013
FINAL SCORE: Texas A&M 83, Kentucky 71
Team Records and Series Notes
Opening its home Southeastern Conference schedule, Kentucky is 10-5 overall, 1-1 in the SEC. Texas A&M is 12-3, 2-0 in the league.
The series is tied 2-2 with all games played in Lexington. This was the first men’s basketball meeting between UK and Texas A&M as members of the SEC.
On Tuesday, Kentucky will have its third game in six days as the Wildcats play host to border-rival Tennessee. The 7 p.m. game will be televised on ESPN.
Kentucky started with the lineup of Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein for the third-straight game.
Elston Turner of A&M came out hot with 20 points in the first 13 minutes of the game as the Aggies had their largest lead of the half, 29-20, at the 7:12 mark.
Turner finished the first half with 25 points as A&M led 36-31 at intermission.
The first half continued to tell the tale for Kentucky as the Wildcats are 10-0 this season when ahead at halftime, 0-5 when trailing.
Trailing 40-31, Kentucky rallied with a 12-2 run to take the lead at 43-42.
Tied at 63 with 4:33 remaining, A&M got 11-straight points, including a pair of three-pointers at the expiration of the shot clock, to go up 74-63 with 1:32 to play.
Kentucky got no closer than nine points the rest of the way as A&M went on to victory.
Turner led all scorers with 40 points.
The last UK opponent to score 40 was Chris Jackson of LSU, who had 41 on Feb. 15, 1990. UK won that game 100-95.
Kentucky is 67-12 in SEC home openers, including 3-1 under Coach John Calipari.
Willie Cauley-Stein had six points and three rebounds.
Has made 21 of 29 shots (72.4 percent) over the last six games.
Archie Goodwin led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points, his 13th double-figure game of the season.
Ryan Harrow tallied 14 points.
Harrow has scored double figures in six-straight games and is averaging 16.2 over that stretch.
Julius Mays had seven points, four assists and no turnovers.
Has a 24-6 assist-turnover ratio over the last eight games.
Nerlens Noel had 15 points, 11 rebounds, set a career high with six assists, tied his career high with seven blocked shots and had four steals.
His second double-double of the season
Has at least six rebounds in every game this season.
Has blocked at least one shot in every game this season and at least two rejections in eight-straight games.
Has made 32 of 44 shots (72.7 percent) in the last eight games.
Alex Poythress had 12 points and six rebounds.
His 10th double-figure scoring game of the season.