Marcus Carr and Sir’Jabari Rice scored 11 apiece to lead six Texas players in double figures as the 12th-ranked Longhorns swamped visiting Houston Christian 82-31 on Thursday in Austin, Texas.
Texas (2-0) was up by 27 points at the half and then really turned it on, leading by as many 59 points late in the game despite going just 3 of 22 from beyond the arc for the game. Twelve players saw the court for the Longhorns and 11 of them scored.
Arterio Morris, Timmy Allen, Dillon Mitchell and Tyrese Hunter added 10 points each for Texas; Mitchell contributed 12 rebounds and Allen grabbed 10.
Things promise to get significantly tougher for the Longhorns when they host No. 2 Gonzaga on Wednesday.
Tristan Moore led the Huskies (0-2) with 8 points. Houston Christian shot only 21.7 percent from the floor.
The Longhorns dominated from the outset, reeling off the first 16 points while forcing seven Houston Christian turnovers and holding the Huskies scoreless over the first 6:43.
Texas pushed its lead 24-4 after a dunk by Mitchell with 9:18 left in the first half and by 22 points when Rice canned a free throw with 3:11 remaining.
Texas finished the half on a 7-0 run, capped by a buzzer-beating putback layup by Hunter that produced a 39-12 lead at the break.
Hunter led all scorers with eight points in the half, while no Houston Christian player scored more than three. Texas outshot the Huskies 47.2 percent to 20 percent in the half despite missing all 11 of its 3-point attempts.
The Longhorns forced 15 Houston Christian turnovers that led to 19 points and outrebounded the visitors 29-12.
If it was possible, the Longhorns turned up the heat a little more over the first 12-plus minutes of the second half, expanding their advantage to 68-19 with 7:41 left in the game via a 19-0 run. Texas finally hit a 3-pointer after missing its first 14 attempts.
–Field Level Media
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