COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Nathan Walkup scored a career-high 22 points to lead Texas A&M to an 88-56 victory over Alcorn State Friday night.
It was the season opener for both schools.
The Aggies broke away from an early 7-7 tie, scoring the next 14 points in putting together a 45-18 run before halftime.
Walkup, a senior, was 4 for 4 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line in the half, which concluded with Texas A&M leading 52-25.
The Aggies outrebounded the Braves 52-32.
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Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.