Mack powers No. 23 Texas over ULM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tevin Mack returned from a one-game suspension with 14 points as No. 23 Texas used a big second half to roll over Louisiana-Monroe 80-59 on Monday night.
The Longhorns were back to full strength with the return of Mack and guard Kerwin Roach Jr., giving Texas (2-0) some of the muscle, speed and depth it lacked in a sloppy season-opening win over Incarnate Word.
Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) cut Texas' lead to 46-40 on a 3-pointer from Jordan Harris before the Longhorns responded with a 16-4 run. Kendal Yancey scored five straight points, made a 3-pointer and threw down a dunk in transition that made it 62-44 with just under 8 minutes left.
Mack and Roach sat out the first game because of an offseason rules violation. Neither player started Monday night, but both were on the court within minutes after the opening tip. Mack made four 3-pointers and Roach had 11 points and two assists.
Texas freshman forward Jarrett Allen followed his debut double-double with eight points and three rebounds.
Marvin Jean-Pierre scored 13 for Louisiana-Monroe, which shot just 30 percent
Louisiana-Monroe: The Warhawks tried to punch above their weight in the Big 12 but missed their chance at an upset. Early 3-point shooting built a short-lived lead, but Texas' size and speed eventually took over.
Texas: A much smoother performance after the Longhorns struggled in their season opener. Getting Roach and Mack back in the lineup gave Texas more options to attack both inside and out. That will be the lineup coach Shaka Smart wants to build on before the start of the Big 12 schedule.
Louisiana-Monroe: The Warhawks' road trip takes them to the Pac-12 with Thursday's game at Colorado.
Texas: The Longhorns host Eastern Washington on Thursday.