Texas rolls over Southern
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed
11 rebounds, as second-ranked Texas blew out Southern, 89-56 in the opening
round of the Guardians Classic at the Frank Erwin Center.
P.J. Tucker added 18 points while Brad Buckman contributed 16 for the
Longhorns (1-0), who will play Samford Wednesday night in the second round of
the Austin Regional. The winner will then move to the quarterfinals, which
takes place beginning on November 21 in Kansas City.
“It feels good, but we have a long season, a long way to go,” Aldridge said.
Peter Cipriano had 14 points and 10 boards while DeForrest Riley-Smith netted
13 for the Jaguars (0-1), who failed to get a win in new head coach Rob
Spivery’s debut. Spivery had served as the head coach at Alabama State.
“With this being our first game of the season, the first actual competition
with an opponent beside ourselves, I thought we did a lot of the things we
wanted the players to do tonight…Texas is a very good basketball team,” said
Aldridge’s basket early on made it 9-2 and Tucker’s three-point play with
11:22 to go extended the edge to 10 points. Leading 23-16 moments later, Texas
put the game away as it used a 14-2 spurt, keyed by six from Aldridge, to open
up a 37-18 cushion with 5:40 remaining in the half.
Tucker’s two free throws widened the gap to 21 points later in the half, but
Southern would not go away quietly as it reeled off 10 quick points to pull
within 41-30. Riley-Smith keyed the 10-0 run with a pair of three-pointers,
the last coming with 2:34 left in the period.
The Longhorns eventually led 46-32 at halftime.
Tucker and Aldridge each scored 14 points for Texas, which hit on 46 percent
of its shots in the first half. Riley Smith had 11 points to pace the Jaguars,
who connected on only 37 percent of their attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, the Longhorns quickly turned the game into a laugher.
Tucker’s basket in the first two minutes opened up an 18-point lead and Kenton
Paulino’s layup with 14:23 remaining ballooned the edge to 27 points at 65-38.
Paulino’s bucket capped a 19-6 surge to begin the second half.
Texas continued to widen the gap and enjoyed a lead of at least 30 points over
the final 4 1/2 minutes.