December 2, 2009

Middleton's big night carries A&M past Panthers

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - In high school Khris Middleton was known as a shooter, one of the best in the nation in the class of 2009 as a matter of fact. So far in his freshman year at Texas A&M, however, Middleton hasn't exactly lit up the scoreboard. Through six games Middleton was averaging 1.5 points per contest, had hit just one 3-pointer out of 11 tries and was 4-18 from the field.

That, however, changed in Wednesday's 84-59 win over Prairie View A&M (3-3) at Reed Arena in which Middleton led the No. 19 Aggies (6-1) with 17 points.

"It was big. He's really struggling and just hasn't played well and hasn't played with confidence. It's amazing what making a few shots will do for your confidence," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "We know what he's capable of. He can score so quickly, and it's good."

Middleton was 3-6 from the field in the first half with one 3-pointer, but in the second half Middleton caught fire from the perimeter to finish 4-8 from the 3-point arc and 6-10 from the field. Once Middleton started getting hot he would call for the ball every time down the floor.

Middleton also led the Aggies in rebounding with seven and added an assist and a steal in 22 minutes of play.

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