COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy described the Aggies' 81-59 victory over Prairie View A&M as "ugly" five times on Thursday night - and the disjointed affair likely deserved more.
"It was an ugly game, and any time you see ugly basketball you don't feel great about it," Kennedy said. "The level of competition is about to pick up and we're going to learn a lot more about ourselves."
Five A&M players scored in double digits in a well-rounded offensive effort - one of the Aggies' few highlights on the night. Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 18 points, including making 4 of 6 3-pointers, and he was followed by Ray Turner (17), J'Mychal Reese (15) and Elston Turner and Jordan Green with 10 each. Ray Turner led A&M with nine rebounds, but the Panthers out-rebounded the Aggies 41-34.
"They really did a good job of attacking the glass," Kennedy said.
Jules Montgomery led Prairie View with 12 points. Both teams struggled from the field, as the Aggies shot 44.4 percent (24 of 54) and the Panthers shot 32.8 percent (20 of 61). While the turnover battle was fairly close (Prairie View with 14 and A&M 11), the Aggies outscored the Panthers 21-10 on points off of turnovers.
"We didn't play very smart," said Prairie View coach Byron Rimm.
Prairie View A&M junior guard Louis Munks left the game with 6:04 remaining in a wheelchair with a compound fracture of his right leg. He received a standing ovation from a crowd of 4,201 in Reed Arena after a hard fall under the basket.
"This is one of those games I'll never forget," said Rimm, who added that Munks was undergoing surgery late Thursday night in College Station. "We lost one of our best players for the year, and that's a lot more important than this basketball game."
The game featured physical play, including a flagrant foul by the Panthers' Ronald Wright with 1:59 remaining and the Aggies leading 75-59.
"It was a tough game," Ray Turner said. "It was an emotional game for both teams."
The Aggies (3-0) have won all 11 of their contests against the Panthers (2-2) in a series dating to 1979. A&M wrapped up a three-game home stand to start the season that included victories over Louisiana Tech (71-59) and Troy (83-65).