MALIBU, Calif. -- In 24 seasons as a head coach, Texas A&M (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) coach Gary Blair does not remember winning a game when his team committed 28 turnovers.
Texas A&M relied on clutch shots and free-throw shooting to overcome the miscues during a 70-60 victory against Pepperdine in the championship game of the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament on Saturday."November games are for teaching," Blair said. "When you can win on the road against a good ballclub, you take it and you learn from it."Danielle Gant had 19 points and freshman Sydney Carter scored a career-high 17 points to help the Aggies (6-0) remain unbeaten.Carter helped keep the Aggies ahead of the Waves with 4:34 remaining. Tied 52-52, she made an off-balance 3-pointer that banked in off the glass."I was just relieved it went in," Carter said. "I knew that someone had to take the shot and as a freshman, most people wouldn't want that responsibility, but I was confident because I was knocking down shots early in the game."Takia Starks was the tournament MVP and added 17 points for Texas A&M, which is 6-0 for only the third time in school history.Trailing 52-42, Pepperdine made six free throws and two layups to tie the game with five minutes remaining.Miranda Ayim led Pepperdine (3-3) with 14 points and Katie Menton had 11 before leaving the game with a left knee injury. Her injury wasn't considered serious.Texas A&M made 6-of-11 3-pointers to take a 33-25 halftime lead.