Austin, Texas – Marcus Carr scored 11 factors and had 4 steals as No. 12 Texas capitalized on a suffocating protection and unrelenting quick break to defeat Houston Christian 82-31 on Thursday evening.
The Longhorns (2-0) took a 16-0 lead within the first 5 minutes. Texas pressured 21 turnovers within the recreation, together with 12 steals, leading to 32 factors.
Texas had a 27-0 benefit in quick break factors.
“We want to push the ball,” mentioned newcomer Dillon Mitchell. “If we go out and run, we’re a dangerous team.”
Sir’Jabari Rice scored 11 factors for Texas. Mitchell had 10 factors and 12 rebounds, together with eight of the Longhorns’ 21 on offense. They scored 19 second probability factors.
“We want to be one of the best teams in the country when it comes to smashing the boards,” Mitchell mentioned. “That was a big emphasis.”
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 10: Texas Longhorns guard Tyrese Hunter drives to the opening previous Houston Christian ahead Sam Hofman throughout the recreation on the Moody Center in Austin, TX on November 10, 2022. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Images )
Timmy Allen had 10 factors and 10 rebounds. Tyrese Hunter had 10 factors and 7 rebounds.
Dylan Disu, who spent a lot of final season taking part in whereas recovering from knee surgical procedure, appeared sprightly, scoring eight factors and making two blocks, one in all them by chasing a fast-breaking Brycen Long.
“It’s a great game man,” mentioned coach Chris Beard.
The Longhorns have been robust on the within, producing 52 factors within the colour and overtaking Houston Christian 56-33. But Texas made simply 3 of twenty-two 3-point makes an attempt and missed their first 14.
(*12*) Beard mentioned. “I’m not worried.”
Texas took a 39-12 lead at halftime as Houston Christian (0-2) made 16 turnovers. The Longhorns scored 30 factors within the colour however missed all 11 of their 3-pointers throughout that interval. And it did not matter.
“Their pressure — they’re so good defensively,” mentioned Houston Christians coach Ron Cottrell.
Houston Christian: Tristan Moore led Houston Christian by eight factors. The Huskies shot 21.7%. The huskies by no means gave themselves an opportunity. They missed their first 5 pictures and dedicated seven turnovers whereas rapidly falling huge. “Obviously they came out and ambushed us,” Cottrell mentioned.
Texas: The Longhorns superior to the second spherical of the NCAA event by beating Virginia Tech final season, Beard’s first as the varsity’s coach. But they’d some flaws, together with a scarcity of superior athletics. The addition of the 6-foot-8 Mitchell alerts an enchancment on this space. During a lower than two-minute stretch within the first half, Mitchell sliced alongside the baseline to dunk a cross from Hunter, ran down Pierce Bazil to block a fast-break layup try from behind and transformed an offensive rebound right into a layup.
LONGHORNS GREETS DARIUS LEE
Texas honored Darius Lee, the Houston Baptist star who was shot lifeless June 20 in his hometown of New York City. The Longhorns gave Houston Christian gamers jerseys with Lee’s quantity 23 on them.
“It was very special to see that,” Cottrell mentioned. “We’re seeing too much right now across the country where people are losing friends, family and teammates to gun violence. It’s hard to put into words the emotions we went through.”
Beard said he appreciates his players who came up with the idea.
“It meant so much to me,” Beard mentioned.
Houston Christian welcomes champion Christian, an NCAA Division II crew from Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday.
Texas hosts No. 2 Gonzaga on Wednesday. Gonzaga defeated Texas 86-74 in Spokane final season.