ESU Stays Close But Falls Late To Texas A&M

November 1, 2007--Emporia State trailed 64-62 with 7:04 left on a DeAndre Townsend jumper before the #14 Texas A&M pulled away for an 85-73 Aggie win on Thursday in College Station, Texas.

The Division I Aggies scored the first four points of the game before the Hornets went on an 8-0 run on three pointers by Caleb Tegtmeier and Matt Boswell and a jumper by Jordan Fithian. Boswell, a freshman from Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS in Wichita, score eight of his nine points in the first seven minutes as ESU led 16-12 with 13:10 left in the first half. Texas A&M would then go on a 16-4 run to take a 28-20 lead.

The Aggies would lead 42-31 at the half and would extend the lead to 47-33 just 1:12 into the second period. The Hornets used a 12-4 run capped by back to back three-pointers by Townsend to pull within 51-45 with 14:57 left in the game. Texas A&M was ahead 62-52 with 11:04 left when Fithian hit a trey to ignite a 10-2 ESU run. Townsend scored the final seven points of the run for ESU and his jumper pulled the Hornets to within 64-62 with 7:14 remaining.

Texas A&M then went on a 10-0 run of their own with the final six points of it coming from the free throw line. The Aggies would score eight of their final 17 points from the free throw line to ice the victory.

Townsend led all scorers with 20 points and added four rebounds and two assists. Fithian had 14 points, four boards, three assists and two blocks before fouling out with 3:38 left in the game. Wes Book was held to seven points but had team highs of five rebounds and five assists for ESU.

The Hornets are back in action on November 7 when they travel to Spokane, Wash. to take on #14 Gonzaga. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. (PST) from the McCarthey Athletic Center.

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