Ridley leads Texas to 116-50 win over Texas-San Antonio
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Cam Ridley scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Texas produced a season-high points while defeating Texas-San Antonio 116-50 Tuesday night.
The Longhorn center converted 9 of 12 shots – including five dunks – while posting a season-best in scoring. He also made four blocks.
Freshman Tevin Mack added a season-high 17 points. Another freshman, Kerwin Roach, had a season-best performance with 14 points.
Texas (5-3) shot 64.7 percent, easily its most accurate game of the season.
George Matthews led Texas-San Antonio (1-8) with 12 points.
The Longhorns made a season-high 15 3-point baskets, reaching double figures in treys for the third time in the last four games.
Texas led 56-17 at halftime after making eight 3-point baskets. Freshman Eric Davis hit three of them in as many attempts. During one 17-second burst, Davis made a 3-pointer, stole the ball while the Longhorns applied coach Shaka Smart's renowned full-court pressure, and hit another trey.
Texas-San Antonio committed 24 turnovers
The Longhorns didn't let up to start the second half. The 6-foot-10, 290-pound Ridley made two layups and two dunks during the first four minutes against the smaller Roadrunners.
One player has exceled during the Roadrunners' poor start to the season. Senior guard Ryan Bowie began the game averaging 19.4 points and converting 46.3 percent of his 3-point shots. Though he is only 6-1, Bowie led the team with 7.3 rebounds a game, more than double any of his teammates.
But Bowie struggled against Texas, missing 8 of 10 shots while scoring 10 points. He missed all six of his shots in the first half.
Texas-San Antonio: The Roadrunners failed to score until nearly six minutes into the game. By that point, they missed five shots, committed four turnovers, and fell behind 10-0. . UTSA is 0-7 all-time against Texas. This was the first time the teams met since November, 2007.
Texas: Prince Ibeh, the Longhorns' backup center, missed the game with a lower back injury. Ibeh landed hard on his back when he was fouled while attempting to catch an alley-oop pass against Samford last Friday. . The Longhorns will face their highest-ranked opponent so far this season on Saturday when No. 3 North Carolina comes to Austin. Texas is 6-3 all-time against the Tar Heels, including victories the last two seasons.
UTSA hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon
Texas hosts North Carolina on Saturday