OKLAHOMA CITY -- Once Texas A&M stopped turning the ball over, the Aggies began dominating their pesky but diminutive opponent.
Green Bay came out blazing Friday in the NCAA tournament's Oklahoma City Regional, setting a frenetic early pace that had the Aggies on their heels.
But midway through the first half, No. 3 seed Texas A&M slowed down. Eliminated the turnovers. Utilized its massive advantage inside. Then coasted to a 92-65 win over the 14th-seeded Phoenix.
In the beginning, it didn't look as though it would be so easy.
Green Bay's four-guard lineup discombobulated the Aggies as Texas A&M committed 10 turnovers in the game's first nine minutes. The Phoenix's "RP40" (which stands for “Relentless Pressure for 40 minutes") allowed Green Bay to get out on the break for easy baskets while negating Texas A&M's size edge.
As a result, Green Bay jumped to a 22-14 lead.
But once the turnovers stopped flowing -- the Aggies committed only three in the final 11:03 of the half -- so did Phoenix's offensive opportunities. And in their place, Texas A&M's size took over.
Green Bay went the final 5:19 of the first half without a field goal. While at the other end, the Aggies began to hammer the Phoenix inside.
All told, Texas A&M's frontline trio of Danuel House, Jalen Jones and Tyler Davis combined for 43 points. The Aggies' length, meanwhile, hampered Green Bay's guards, including Carrington Love, who entered the tournament averaging more than 17 points per game but finished Friday with just three points and only five shot attempts.
The Aggies' victory sets up a potential second-round showdown Sunday against rival Texas; the sixth-seeded Longhorns were to face No. 11 Northern Iowa later Friday.
The Aggies defeated the Longhorns 84-73 earlier this season in the Bahamas.