Texas A&M guard Alex Robinson, left, and teammate guard Jalen Jones, right, pressures New Mexico forward Jordan Goodman during a NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Ricardo Arduengo
November 23, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Danuel House had 18 points and Texas A&M rallied from 12 points down to beat New Mexico 64-51 in the fifth-place game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Jalen Jones added 13 for the Aggies (4-1), who shot 62 percent from the field in the second half.

It was the first game for House, a transfer from Houston, who was just approved to play this season by the NCAA on Friday.

The Lobos (3-2) seemed to be in control early, but were undone by 16 turnovers. New Mexico's shooting also deteriorated in the second half and was just 34 percent for the game.

Deshawn Delaney led New Mexico with 13 points. Hugh Greenwood added 10.

In all, the Aggies had three new players on the floor Sunday.

Joining House were freshman Tonny Trocha-Morelos, from Cartagena, Columbia and sophomore Dylan Johns, from England.

Texas A&M didn't take its first lead of the game until the 13:41 mark of the second half, on a dunk by House.

The Aggies picked up the pace and extended that lead to 15 - 61-46 - with less than four minutes to play thanks to a 27-12 run that included eight points by House.

The Lobos weren't able to respond after that.

New Mexico had the early offensive flow, using an 11-0 run to open up a 22-10 lead late in the first half.

Delaney had six of his 10 first-half points during the spurt.

Texas A&M trailed by just five at the break, though, after getting 18 points from its reserves in the opening 20 minutes.


Texas A&M: The Aggies had 16 assists on 24 made field goals for the game.

New Mexico: The Lobos fell to 204-129 overall against schools from the state of Texas.


The Aggies host New Orleans on Nov. 28. The Lobos host USC on Nov. 30.

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