Jordan in driver's seat as No. 11 Texas A&M cruises

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M freshman DeAndre Jordan has been good on offense all season. On Wednesday night, he finally got it together on defense.

Jordan had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Aggies (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) to a 79-39 victory over Detroit.

It was the third straight victory for the Aggies (10-1) and their most lopsided of the season.

"I thought DeAndre Jordan played his best game since he's been here," first-year Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said. "I know it wasn't his best numbers, but it was his best defensive game by far. I just want him to do all those little things defensively. There were times before when I felt like he was hurting us out there on defense and he did all those little things tonight."

Jordan, who leads the nation in field goal percentage, missed only the last of his eight shots. He is 46-of-58 (79.3 percent) over his first 11 games.

He hasn't been nearly as good at the free-throw line, however,and he missed all three free throws he took Wednesday and is just 12-of-43 overall.

Jordan's only miss from the field against Detroit came with about seven minutes left when his layup rolled in and out.

"It was a close shot," he said. "I should have made it."

He set a Big 12 record for consecutive field goals in November when he made 17 without a miss.

The 7-footer said he is gaining confidence with each game.

"I am. Those first couple of games I was pretty nervous," he said. "With 11 games now I've kind of gotten used to it and gotten into a routine."

The win was Texas A&M's 100th at Reed Arena and the Aggies have a 100-47 overall record in the building that opened in 1998.

Jon Goode had 13 points for the Titans (4-7), who lost their fifth straight. It was the first time in five games Goode hadn't scored at least 20 points.

Texas A&M led by 21 points at halftime and opened the second half on a 9-0 run. The Aggies were ahead 51-22 when sophomore Derrick Roland scored seven straight points in less than 1 1/2 minutes to put the game farther out of reach.

Turgeon was impressed with his defense Wednesday after what he deemed a lackluster performance in the last game, a 64-37 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Aggies said they focused on defense in practice this week.

"I think we came out and executed well and played solid on defense," Aggies sophomore Donald Sloan said. "That's what we've been working on all week. In our last game we got caught up in the scoring and didn't play defense like we do."

Josh Carter added 11 points and Bryan Davis had 10 for the Aggies.

The Aggies led 17-10 in the first half before both teams went on a scoring drought that spanned more than four minutes. A fastbreak layup by Davis with about nine minutes left got the Aggies back on the board.

Those points were the first of a 13-2 run that gave the Aggies a 30-12 lead with 5:01 left in the first half.

Detroit's Chris Hayes was upended by the scorer's table trying to save the ball from going out of bounds and it was caught by Jordan who raced for a one-handed dunk. When Hayes finally got untangled from the table and back on the court, Jordan was already lining up for the free throw after his dunk.

Jordan scored the last six points of the half and the Aggies led 36-15 at halftime.

The Aggies held Detroit to 24 percent shooting and have held eight of their first 11 opponents to less than 40 percent.

Detroit coach Perry Watson left the arena before Turgeon finished speaking to the media and wasn't available for comment.