Lamar vs Texas

No. 19 Texas 76, Lamar 55 wire reports

AUSTIN, Texas -- For a coach whose team fumbled the ball away throughout a 21-point victory, Rick Barnes sounded pretty happy.

All he wanted to talk about was the 19th-ranked Longhorns' defense.

"Nothing about it was pretty," Barnes said after Texas had 23 turnovers in a sloppy 76-55 victory against Lamar. "[But] for two days, we've done nothing but defense. ... I felt our biggest improvement had to be on the defensive end."

The Longhorns (6-1) forced 21 turnovers and held the Cardinals to 26 percent shooting to run their nonconference home winning streak to 23.

Freshman point guard Cory Joseph had 16 points and nine rebounds and freshman forward Tristan Thompson had his second successive double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Barnes got his 300th victory in 13 seasons at Texas. He was already the winningest coach in program history.

A 14-2 run by Texas to open the second half put the Longhorns ahead by 21 and opened up a game that saw 25 turnovers in the first half.

Texas missed 11 of its first 17 shots and trailed 11-5 early before Lamar started putting up wild shots and giving the ball away. The Cardinals (4-3) had 15 turnovers, almost half of them on traveling calls, in the first half.

Texas' turnovers came on a variety of passes that either caught teammates by surprise or went straight to a Lamar defender. The Longhorns are still working on new wrinkles in Barnes' offense and look to still be struggling to find their rhythm.

Texas shot 45 percent against a team that gave up height and size at nearly every position.

"I think we could have made a lot more shots," said Longhorns forward Jordan Hamilton, who played all 40 minutes and scored 16 points. "We could have played harder on offense like we did on defense."

Barnes singled out Hamilton for his work on defense.

"He got in the stance, he was working and helping away from the ball," Barnes said.

Texas held Lamar scoreless for six minutes and took the lead on Hamilton's first 3-pointer. After making nine 3-pointers in the second half Saturday in a victory against Rice, the Longhorns were 3 for 11 in the first half against Lamar. Joseph made two and the Longhorns led 34-25 at halftime.

Joseph's third 3-pointer sparked the Texas run to start the second half. Two more turnovers by Lamar, a three-point play by Dogus Balbay and a long jumper by Gary Johnson, who finished with 10 points, put Texas ahead 48-27.

Another rash of turnovers helped Lamar chip away at the lead. The Cardinals got within 12 when Kendrick Harris' fast-break layup made it 56-44.

Jai Lucas then cut in for a reverse layup off a sharp pass from Hamilton and made a free throw for the Longhorns to end the Lamar run. Hamilton's 3-pointer with 4 minutes left put Texas ahead 69-49.

"They are very long, very athletic, physical and strong," Lamar coach Steve Roccaforte said. "Texas is about what I expected."

After three consecutive home victories, Texas will USC on Sunday night in Los Angeles in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

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Lamar (4-3)253055
Texas #19 (6-1) «344276
LAMAR:K. Harris 13 Pts
LAMAR:O. Brazier 9 Reb
LAMAR:K. Harris 1 Ast
TX:J. Hamilton 16 Pts
TX:T. Thompson 13 Reb
TX:J. Hamilton 4 Ast

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Cory Joseph
Kendrick Harris
Lamar Cardinals
K. Harris, G333-127-841313
C. Harper, G271-52-26044
V. Nelson, F273-113-44129
A. Miles, G262-66-640211
O. Brazier, C213-110-29046
D. Lamb, G164-80-02018
C. Custer, C151-40-03052
B. Davis, G131-70-03122
D. Minor, G60-10-02000
M. James, G60-10-00000
S. Brown, F40-20-10000
T. Adams, G40-20-00000
O. Ebomwonyi, C20-00-00010
D. Harris, FDid Not Play
T. Lynch, GDid Not Play
Totals 18-7018-233732455
Texas Longhorns
J. Hamilton, G-F405-154-464116
C. Joseph, G346-101-294216
T. Thompson, F313-65-11131111
G. Johnson, F243-54-561410
D. Balbay, G113-32-31238
J. Lucas, G262-82-41206
M. Hill, F-C191-23-46015
J. Brown, G91-31-21133
A. Wangmene, F-C60-11-22031
C. Chapman, F-CDid Not Play
A. Dick, GDid Not Play
D. Melchionni, GDid Not Play
T. Morgan, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5323-3745151876
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
New Orleans13-520-12154
Texas A&M-CC12-624-12159
Hou. Baptist12-617-14176
SF Austin12-618-15203
Sam Houston10-821-13195
SE Louisiana9-916-16249
Nicholls St.7-1114-17253
Abil Chr.7-1113-16289
Nwestern St.7-1113-16306
Incarn Word7-1112-17303
C. Arkansas7-118-24311
McNeese St.4-147-22315

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia12-628-924
Iowa St.12-624-1121
Oklahoma St.9-920-1340
Kansas St.8-1021-1457
Texas Tech6-1218-14123
Other games
Florida 54 Final
UCF 57
Purdue 58 Final
VT 55
Ark St 71 Final
Memphis 78
BYU 77 Final
UNLV 82 Final
Illinois St 51
DUQ 66 Final
Mich St 79 Final
STMA 55 Final