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Mack's 18 points helps Texas beat UAB 96-60

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Andrew Jones knew he would receive significant playing time as a Texas freshman this season.

Jones, after all, was a big-time recruit on a team that lost all five starters from last season. Jones knew something else.

''I had to grow up quickly,'' he said. ''It's not high school basketball.''

Jones, like most of his teammates, has struggled. But the Longhorns' point guard appears to be making a breakthrough. Jones produced 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals during a 96-60 victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday night.

That performance came one game after Jones had 17 points, seven assists and three steals during a 77-74 loss to Arkansas on Saturday.

Jones converted 6 of 9 shots, including four 3-pointers. Tevin Mack scored 18 for Texas, Jarrett Allen had 16, and Kendal Yancy added 14.

Dirk Williams led UAB (6-6) with 13 points.

Texas coach Shaka Smart has four freshmen and three sophomores in his nine-player rotation. As Texas has struggled to a 6-5 start, Smart has encouraged them to trust the process.

''They have to trust each other,'' Smart said. ''I can tell them that every day, but it's something you have to learn and go through.''

The Longhorns have been most deficient on offense, where they rank last in the Big 12 in several categories. Burt against UAB they hit 53.7 percent of their field goals, 12 of 29 3-pointers and all 12 free throws.

Texas used its pressure defense to induce 18 UAB turnovers, including six steals by Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr.

''Their pressure bothered us,'' UAB coach Robert Ehsan said. ''They made a lot of threes. It felt like 25 threes. Coming off the Arkansas loss, they came out today with a very good mindset. We did not answer very well.''

BIG PICTURE

UAB: Chris Cokley, the Blazers' leading scorer and second-best rebounder this season, went to the bench with two fouls with 6:56 left in the first half. Texas, leading by three points at the time, made a 12-0 push with Cokley on the bench and took a 43-27 halftime lead. Cokley finished with two points, 10.5 fewer than his average.

Texas: Sophomore Eric Davis Jr., a 38 percent 3-point shooter as a freshman, began the UAB game with an 18 percent accuracy mark this season - 9 for 50.

Smart said Davis, a backup guard, has developed confidence issues. Davis did nothing to rectify that when he entered the game in the first half and soon committed a turnover before fouling Hakeem Baxter on a 3-point shot. But Davis gathered himself and hit two straight 3-pointers during the 12-0 run.

TEXAS NEEDS TO MAKE A MOVE

The Longhorns have a lot of work to do if they hope to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons. Ranked No. 21 in preseason, they are 1-4 against opponents from Power Five conferences. None of those teams is ranked.

UP NEXT

UBA hosts Miles College on Dec. 28.

Texas hosts Kent State on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Hobbs 2.0
+ 2 Deion Lavender made layup, assist by Nate Darling 19.0
  Offensive foul turnover on Ryan McClurg 28.0
  Offensive foul on Ryan McClurg 28.0
  Offensive rebound by Kendal Yancy 36.0
  Jacob Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
+ 2 Thomas Smallwood made layup 50.0
+ 2 Kendal Yancy made jump shot 1:10
  Defensive rebound by James Banks 1:34
  Thomas Smallwood missed free throw 1:34
  Personal foul on Ryan McClurg 1:34
Team Stats
Points 60 96
Field Goals 22-53 (41.5%) 36-67 (53.7%)
3-Pointers 3-14 (21.4%) 12-29 (41.4%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 12-12 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 28 34
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 19 24
Team 1 1
Assists 10 21
Steals 6 11
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 13 17
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 3 REB
18 PTS, 2 REB
12T
away team logo UAB 6-6 273360
home team logo Texas 6-5 435396
Team Stats
away team logo UAB 6-6 70.6 PPG 39.8 RPG 11.5 APG
home team logo Texas 6-5 71.0 PPG 36.4 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
00
D. Williams G PPG RPG APG FG%
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T. Mack G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Williams G 13 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
T. Mack G/F 18 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
41.5 FG% 53.7
21.4 3PT FG% 41.4
68.4 FT% 100.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Williams 13 3 0 5/10 1/5 2/2 0 29 1 0 4 1 2
H. Baxter 8 5 1 2/7 0/1 4/5 2 22 0 0 2 2 3
W. Lee 4 2 0 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 22 0 2 2 0 2
D. Lavender 3 4 3 1/4 0/0 1/2 0 21 1 0 5 0 4
C. Cokley 2 5 2 1/3 0/0 0/2 3 13 0 1 2 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Williams 13 3 0 5/10 1/5 2/2 0 29 1 0 4 1 2
H. Baxter 8 5 1 2/7 0/1 4/5 2 22 0 0 2 2 3
W. Lee 4 2 0 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 22 0 2 2 0 2
D. Lavender 3 4 3 1/4 0/0 1/2 0 21 1 0 5 0 4
C. Cokley 2 5 2 1/3 0/0 0/2 3 13 0 1 2 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Madison 8 2 0 2/4 0/0 4/5 2 16 1 0 1 1 1
N. Darling 7 1 1 3/3 1/1 0/0 1 19 1 0 1 0 1
T. Mehinti 6 2 0 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 0 2
T. Smallwood 6 2 1 3/4 0/1 0/1 2 10 0 0 0 2 0
D. Watts 3 0 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 14 2 0 0 0 0
J. Williams 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 1
N. Norton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Sullivan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 27 10 22/53 3/14 13/19 13 200 6 3 18 8 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mack 18 2 0 7/14 3/7 1/1 1 21 1 1 0 1 1
J. Allen 16 6 1 8/9 0/0 0/0 0 25 0 0 0 3 3
A. Jones 16 5 6 6/9 4/7 0/0 1 22 2 0 4 0 5
S. Cleare 10 6 1 3/4 0/0 4/4 3 20 0 0 1 2 4
K. Roach Jr. 6 3 4 2/5 1/2 1/1 2 21 6 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mack 18 2 0 7/14 3/7 1/1 1 21 1 1 0 1 1
J. Allen 16 6 1 8/9 0/0 0/0 0 25 0 0 0 3 3
A. Jones 16 5 6 6/9 4/7 0/0 1 22 2 0 4 0 5
S. Cleare 10 6 1 3/4 0/0 4/4 3 20 0 0 1 2 4
K. Roach Jr. 6 3 4 2/5 1/2 1/1 2 21 6 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Yancy 14 1 2 5/7 1/1 3/3 3 21 1 0 0 1 0
E. Davis Jr. 9 4 4 3/6 2/5 1/1 1 19 0 0 2 0 4
J. Young 7 1 2 2/8 1/7 2/2 2 22 0 0 2 0 1
R. McClurg 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0
I. Hobbs 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
J. Banks 0 5 0 0/5 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 1 1 2 3
M. Isom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Schwartz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 33 21 36/67 12/29 12/12 17 200 11 2 12 9 24