COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Khris Middleton returned to the lineup after missing the previous seven games with a torn meniscus in his right knee and scored 24 points to help No. 22 Texas A&M beat Louisiana-Monroe 67-54 Saturday night.
The Aggies (8-1) broke open a tied game midway through the second half with an 11-0 run featuring four points from Middleton to take a 54-43 lead.
Hugh Mingo had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Warhawks (1-8). The Aggies have held all nine of their opponents under 41 percent shooting this season.
The smaller Warhawks tried making up for their size disadvantage by gunning from the outside, but finished 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from the 3-point line. The Warhawks outscored the Aggies 16-5 over the first five minutes of the second half, rallying from a 38-27 halftime deficit. But A&M, led by Middleton, regrouped to put them away.
The Aggies won their 67th consecutive nonconference home game, wrapping up a six-game homestretch against subpar competition with their sixth straight victory. The Aggies next play Florida on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla.
ULM had played at three Southeastern Conference opponents prior to facing its first Big 12 opponent this season, and Saturday's 13-point differential was the closest of the four games.
Middleton, a 6-foot-7 NBA prospect, led the Aggies in scoring last year with 14.4 points per game.