Texas 83, Navy 52

Jordan Hamilton had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Texas opened

the season with an 83-52 victory over Navy on Monday night in the

first round of the 2K Sports Classic.

Playing with four new starters, Texas used a 23-9 run early in

the second half to easily pull away from the poor-shooting


Texas struggled from long range going 4 of 17 on 3-pointers, but

dominated under the basket with a 50-30 rebounding edge and held

Navy to 30 percent shooting. Free throw shooting, a problem for

Texas last season, was still spotty as the Longhorns went 19 of


Gary Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Tristan

Thompson scored 12 points for Texas.

The victory left Texas coach Rick Barnes just three shy of

career win No. 500.

Mark Veazey scored 14 points for Navy.