Dec. 1, 2010
AUSTIN - Lamar University battled No. 20 Texas for the full 40 minutes, but ultimately could not overcome a poor shooting night as the Longhorns picked up a 76-55 basketball victory at the Erwin Center on Wednesday night.
Lamar, which will play at Rice on Saturday afternoon at 2, fell to 4-3 on the year and lost for the first time in three games. UT head coach Rick Barnes picked up his 300th career win at Texas as the Longhorns improved to 6-1.
The Cardinals shot a dismal 18-of-70 from the field in the game and connected on just one 3-pointer in nine attempts. Texas was poor from the field in the first half, as well, shooting just 37.0 percent, but improved to 53.8 percent in the second half as it pulled away.
"We didn't shoot a good enough percentage from the floor to stay in a game against a top 20 team," said LU head coach Steve Roccaforte. "They are really big and really athletic, but I'm proud of the way we played. We really battled and made a run in the second half, but just couldn't cut any deeper into their lead."
Lamar trailed 34-25 at the half, and the Longhorns opened the second half on a 13-2 run over the first three minutes to open up a 21 point lead at 48-27. Senior Kendrick Harris hit a layup with 10:12 to play that capped a 17-8 Lamar run that cut the Horns' lead to 12 at 56-44.
The two teams exchanged baskets for the next three minutes as UT led 60-48 with 6:51 to play, but Lamar would get no closer. Despite making just 12-of-22 free throw in the second half, the Longhorns were able to pull away for the win.
"They're big and athletics and really use their bodies well," noted Roccaforte. "I thought we did a good job of battling in the post and playing hard, but not committing fouls."
Despite their size advantage, the Longhorns only outrebounded Lamar by six and had no advantage in points in the paint as both teams finished with 30. The Cards, who committed a season-high 21 turnovers, grabbed 19 offensive rebounds in the game and were a solid 18-of-23 from the free throw line in the game.
Harris led Lamar with 13 points, but shot just 3-of-12 from the floor. Anthony Miles
, who scored nine of Lamar's first 11 points, finished with 11 in the game. Orlando Brazier
scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in his first start this season.
Jordan Hamilton, UT's leading scorer at 22.7 points per game going into Wednesday night, led the way with 16 points, but shot just 5-of-15 from the floor. Cory Joseph added 16 points and nine rebounds, while freshman post Tristan Thompson had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.