Aggies like rising to the challenge

November 27, 2009

B.J. Holmes and Texas A&M passed their first test.

Holmes scored 20 points as Texas A&M upset No. 19 Clemson 69-60 on Thursday in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

David Loubeau added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies (4-0), who will face No. 8 West Virginia in a semifinal game Friday.

"It's good early in the season to (play a lot of ranked teams) to see where we're at," Holmes said. "It's great to play back-to-back teams (of) high caliber."

Trevor Booker scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half for Clemson (4-1).

The Aggies were picked to finish fifth in the coaches' preseason Big 12 poll. By beating Clemson, they may have taken steps to get noticed nationally, but A&M coach Mark Turgeon cautioned that it was just one game.

"We played OK, maybe Clemson didn't have their best day, so it's just one day," Turgeon said.

•Michigan survived an early season scare.

Manny Harris had 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the No. 15 Wolverines (3-0) to an 83-76 overtime victory over Creighton at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Creighton (2-2) got a career-high 21 points from Justin Carter.


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