No. 2 Texas 95, Gardner-Webb 63
Damion James had 14 points and 13 rebounds – his 43rd career
double-double – and No. 2 Texas overcame a sluggish start for a
95-63 victory over Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night.
Jai Lucas had 15 points as Dexter Pittman added 15 points and
nine rebounds for the Longhorns (12-0).
C.J. Hailey was 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and scored 20 points for
Pittman scored seven points in the first 3 minutes of the second
half as Texas pulled away from a 55-28 halftime lead.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs were only able to get within 23 points in
the second half. Texas forced 27 turnovers and finished with a
season-high 19 steals.
Texas committed 19 turnovers – six in the first 4 minutes of the
Lucas, playing in his second game since becoming eligible after
transferring from Florida, helped the Longhorns slowly start to
pull away. With just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half he
hit two 3-pointers from the wing to give Texas a 20-7 lead. James,
who leads Texas in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (10.8), scored his
first basket on a jumper from the free-throw line to give the
Longhorns a 28-15 lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the
Texas jumped into a full-court press and forced two quick
turnovers. Dogus Balbay scored on an easy layup, which was followed
by a steal at midcourt and a layup by James. Justin Mason ignited a
crowd of 9,551 when he took a pass from Lucas and threw down a
one-handed dunk to put the Longhorns ahead 43-19.
Gary Johnson, who finished with 11 points, scored eight of
Texas’ final 10 points in the last 3 minutes of the first half.