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David Jones scores 21 points in the first half, Memphis defeats No.21 Texas A&M on the road

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Coming off an 85-80 overtime road win against VCU, the Tigers (7-2) defeated No.21 Texas A&M 81-75 at Reed Arena behind 53 combined points from David Jones and Jahvon Quinerly.

Jones scored 29 points and shot 5-8 from the 3-point line. Quinerly scored 24 points on 8-13 shooting with five assists.

After a slow start offensively, the Tigers and Texas A&M were tied 29-29 with two minutes until halftime. Jones scored 21 of the Tigers’ points. Memphis then went on a 9-0 run to lead 38-29 at the break.

Memphis forced six of the Aggies’ 12 turnovers in the second half to pull away with the win. The Tigers shot 48% from the field, 40% from three-point range, and out-rebounded Texas A&M 36-35. The Aggies are the second best offensive rebounding team in the country.

Malcolm Dandridge led the Tigers alongside Jones with five rebounds at halftime and picked up his fourth foul with 19:17 left in the second half.

The Aggies went on a 10-2 run to pull within 45-43 on a layup by Tyrece Radford with 16:34 left to play. But the Tigers didn’t let that stop their momentum, as they continued to hustle on the defensive end and rebound the ball.

Midway through the second half, the Tigers responded and went up 57-45 after a 12-2 run off five straight Aggies turnovers. Texas A&M forced three stops in a row to cut the lead to 57-51.

Caleb Mills hit back-to-back three-point shots with 6:52 left to play to give the Tigers a 69-58 lead. Mills scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.

Memphis later extended the lead to 14, the largest of the game with 3:20 left to play.

In addition to the win, the Tigers defeated a top-25 team on the road. Memphis already has wins over Arkansas, Michigan, and Missouri on its season resume. A team heading into two massive non-conference games at home, the Tigers have the opportunity to be ranked for the first time this season.

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Memphis will be back at FedExForum for the first time since Nov. 17 to face off against yet another ranked team. No. 24 Clemson is currently undefeated (10-0) and continues its best run since the 2008-09 season.

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