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Texas A&M wins SEC opener 69-53 over Arkansas as Davonte Fitzgerald scores 17

  • Texas A&M's Fabyon Harris, right, jumps to the hoop against Arkansas' Rahsad Madden during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bryan College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

    Texas A&M's Fabyon Harris, right, jumps to the hoop against Arkansas' Rahsad Madden during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bryan College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arkansas' Rashad Madden, left, and Moses Kingsley (33) block the shot of Texas A&M's Shawn Smith during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bryan College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

    Arkansas' Rashad Madden, left, and Moses Kingsley (33) block the shot of Texas A&M's Shawn Smith during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bryan College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)  (The Associated Press)

  • Texas A&M's Alex Caruso falls to the court after being fouled by Arkansas' Alandise Harris (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bryan College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)

    Texas A&M's Alex Caruso falls to the court after being fouled by Arkansas' Alandise Harris (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Station, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bryan College Station Eagle, Stuart Villanueva)  (The Associated Press)

Texas A&M freshman Davonte Fitzgerald led the way with 17 points as the Aggies toppled Arkansas 69-53 in Reed Arena in the teams' Southeastern Conference opener.

A&M (10-4) entered the contest shooting 29.9 percent from the 3-point line, but finished 7 of 17 (41.2 percent) against the Razorbacks (11-3) in an unusual display of collective hot hands from the outside. Meanwhile the Aggies' defense held Arkansas to 4 of 19 percent (21.1 percent) from the 3-point line.

Fabyon Harris and Jamal Jones chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Aggies, while Rashad Madden led the Razorbacks with a dozen points. The Razorbacks' leading scorer entering the game, Mike Qualls, was held to two points in making 1 of 12 shots from the field.