COLLEGE STATION, Texas —  Ray Turner scored a career-high 20 points and No. 20 Texas A&M shot 65 percent from the field while cruising past Liberty 81-59 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Aggies played without first-year coach Billy Kennedy, on leave following his recent diagnosis of an early stage of Parkinson’s disease. Texas A&M associate head coach Glynn Cyprien has run the team in Kennedy’s absence.

Texas A&M put away the Flames early with a 24-4 run midway through the first half.


WORCESTER ST. 1, UNE 1 (WORCESTER ST. WINS 5-4 ON PK): Gaby Gonet converted the winning penalty kick as the top-seeded Lancers (13-5-2) edged the eighth-seeded Nor’easters (12-2-4) in an ECAC Division III New England quarterfinal at Worcester, Mass.

Both teams had successful penalty kicks in the first three rounds with Alice Read, Sarah Richardson and Ellie Arsenault scoring for UNE.

The Lancers went up 4-3 and UNE missed on its next shot. Worcester’s fifth shot went right, and Emily Lodge tied it at four. After Gonet’s goal in the sixth round, UNE’s final attempt hit the crossbar.

Read scored in the 89th minute of regulation for UNE.