Aggies beat Kentucky 83-71 at Rupp

Aggies beat Kentucky 83-71 at Rupp

Elston Turner scored 40 points to lead Texas A&M to a 83-71 win over defending national champion Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon for the Aggies' first road conference win as members of the Southeastern Conference. Fabyon Harris added 14 points and Kourtney Roberson had 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Aggies.

Elston Turner scored 40 points to lead Texas A&M to a 83-71 win over defending national champion Kentucky on Saturday afternoon for the Aggies' first road conference win as members of the Southeastern Conference.

With Kentucky leading by four points, the Aggies outscored the Wildcats 25-9 in the last six minutes of the game to earn this impressive SEC road win.

The loss was the first home conference loss in John Calipari's tenure as Kentucky's coach. Kentucky had won 24 straight home SEC games before Saturday.

The game was close early as Kentucky led 16-14 after seven minutes of play. The Aggies, playing much of the first half without top forward Ray Turner after two early fouls, went on a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes, with Elston Turner scoring 11 of those points, to open up a 29-20 lead over the Wildcats.

Kentucky pulled back to within two, 31-29, before Elston Turner scored a 3-pointer and two free throws to give the Aggies a 36-31 halftime lead.

Elston Turner was 10 of 13 from the field in the first half, including a perfect 7 of 7 from inside the 3-point line.

Texas A&M held an advantage as large as nine points early in the second half, but the Wildcats had a 12-2 run to regain the lead, 43-42, at the 15:36 mark in the second half. Kentucky opened up 4-point lead, 62-58, with 6:12 left in the game.

A 3-pointer by Elston Turner and jump shot by Ray Turner gave Texas A&M a 63-62 lead with five minutes to go in the game.

With the game tied at 63 with 4:04 to play, Aggies guard Fabyon Harris hit a jumper to help send them on a string of 11 unanswered points to close out the game. Harris scored nine points in that stretch for the Aggies and finished with 14.

It was an amazing game for Elston Turner, who made 14-of-19 field goals, 5-of-10 three-pointers, 6-of-6 free throws, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Forward Kourtney Roberson followed up his double-double against Arkansas with another great game against Kentucky, just missing another double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Nerlens Noel finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and four steals for the Wildcats. It's the third time this season Noel has had seven blocks in a game. Archie Goodwin led the Wildcats with 17 points.

Texas A&M (12-3, 2-0) comes home to face No 9 Florida on Thursday night in what is sure to be a rocking Reed Arena.

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