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North Texas shocks Texas A&M 61-41

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Maurice Aniefiok led the way with 16 points and Alzee Williams followed with 14 as North Texas stunned Texas A&M 61-41 Tuesday.

The Mean Green shot 51 percent (25 of 49) from the field, compared with 30 percent (15 of 50) for the Aggies. A&M (8-4) struggled from the floor for a second consecutive game, after shooting 26.9 percent in a 64-52 setback to Oklahoma in Houston on Dec. 21.

The Aggies had found solace at home until Tuesday, in having won all eight of their previous home contests. UNT (8-5) jumped on the unsuspecting Aggies early and roared to a 36-19 halftime lead. The Aggies, who were 4 of 18 (22 percent) behind the 3-point line and 7 of 15 (47 percent) from the free-throw line, couldn't overcome their shooting woes.

Alex Caruso led Texas A&M with 10 points.

Meanwhile UNT was better from long range (5 of 14 for 36 percent) than the Aggies were from anywhere on the court. The Mean Green outscored the Aggies 14-2 in fast-break points and tallied 13 steals, including three by Colin Voss.

UNT snapped a three-game losing streak to the Aggies, and narrowed A&M's lead in the all-time series to 12-9. The Aggies have only one nonconference game remaining (against Texas-Pan American on Saturday in Reed) before Southeastern Conference play starts on Jan. 8 against Arkansas in Reed.

UNT next plays host to California-Riverside on Saturday before opening C-USA action at home against Southern Mississippi on Jan. 9.

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