Louisiana-Monroe has had plenty of tough luck so far this season. Khris Middleton returned just in time to keep the Warhawks from breaking that trend.
Middleton, returning from a seven-game absence because of a knee injury, scored 24 points to lift No. 22 Texas A&M to a 67-54 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.
''I'd heard he was going to play, and he was the story of the game,'' ULM coach Keith Richard said of Middleton. ''He really flexed his muscles in the second half and took the game over.''
ULM (1-8) had played at three Southeastern Conference opponents prior to facing its first Big 12 foe this season, and the 13-point margin was the closest of the four games.
''We've been a poor defensive team this year, and haven't been too bad on offense,'' Richard said. ''But I thought we did a decent job defensively against the Aggies.''
The Aggies (8-1) broke a 43-all tie with 13:19 remaining by scoring the next 11 points, including four from Middleton.
''It felt good ...