Little Helps Jayhawks To 73-53 Basketball Win Vs. Texas A&M

Jan. 19, 2009

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Mario Little scored a career-high 15 points off the bench to help lead Kansas to a 73-53 victory against Texas A&M in men’s basketball action on Monday night. Little was one of four Jayhawks who scored in double-figures in the victory.

The win gave KU a 3-0 start in Big 12 Conference play, as well as a 14-4 overall record. Texas A&M dropped to 15-4 overall and 1-3 in league action.

Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich each scored game-high tying 16 points, while Marcus Morris chipped in 10 points for KU. Texas A&M did not have a player reach double-digits as Bryan Davis and B.J. Holmes each had eight for the visitors.

Little came off the bench to score nine points on four field goals in a three-minute span to put KU up 31-10 with seven and one half minutes remaining in the first half. The junior, who missed 12 games due to injuries, saw action in his sixth straight contest.

Little, who had scored 11 combined points in those previous five games, drilled all six of his field goal attempts en route to 15 points in just 14 minutes of play. He also added four rebounds.

Collins scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, as he hit four of six shots, including consecutive three-pointers to open the game. He also added a game-high seven assists and three steals. Aldrich scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, while making five of seven shots in the game’s final 20 minutes. He pulled down a game-best eight rebounds and added two blocks.

Kansas raced out to an 18-4 advantage to start the game as Texas A&M committed six turnovers in the first six minutes of the contest.

At the break KU led 40-23 and had scored 17 points off 13 Texas A&M turnovers. The Jayhawks shot 57 percent from the field, including three of six from three-point range at the break.

In the second half KU pushed the margin to 21 at 48-27 with 16 minutes left. The Jayhawks built up a 26-point lead at 56-30 three and one half minutes later en route to the victory.

On the night the Jayhawks shot 50.9 percent from the field, marking their third straight game hitting better than half their shots. They limited the Aggies to just 32.7 percent, the fourth straight game the opponents have made less than 40 percent of their field goal attempts.

Kansas will play the first of two straight road games when the Jayhawks visit Iowa State on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN. On Wednesday, Jan. 28 the Jayhawks will play at Nebraska on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m.