Aldridge powers No. 2 Texas to Guardians Classic crown
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and
pulled down 10 rebounds to lead second-ranked Texas over 18th-ranked Iowa,
68-59, in the championship contest of the Guardians Classic.
Daniel Gibson had 16 points and Brad Buckman chipped in 14 for Texas (4-0),
which survived a scare from West Virginia on Monday night and won its fourth
straight to open the season.
Adam Haluska led the way for Iowa (3-1) with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Doug Thomas had 12 points for the Hawkeyes, who defeated seventh-ranked
Kentucky on Monday night.
Trailing 47-39 with just over 12 minutes to play in the game, Texas went on a
15-4 run over the next six minutes to garner a 54-51 lead. Gibson highlighted
the spurt with six points, while Buckman gave the Longhorns their first lead
since the 10:21 mark of the first half on his trey with just over seven
The game continued to see saw back and forth over the next few minutes with
Texas holding a 56-55 lead when Buckman completed a three-point play to make
it a four-point contest with 3:40 left in the game.
Aldridge followed moments later with a tough lay-in down low that gave Texas
its largest lead of the game at 61-55.
After a pair of free throws by Gibson made it a 63-56 contest, Haluska nailed
a trey to make it a four-point spread with 43.9 seconds remaining.
That would be as close as Iowa would get the rest of the way, though, as the
Longhorns knocked down their free throws in the waning moments to seal the
Iowa enjoyed its largest lead of the contest in the second half 47-39 after a
baseline jumper by Carlton Reed with just over 12 minutes to play in the game.
The Hawkeyes led for much of the first half and garnered a 31-24 lead at the
Iowa narrowly defeated Texas in last season’s Maui Invitational…It was the
third all-time meeting between the two schools…The Hawkeyes shot a dismal
5-of-24 from the three-point line and connected on just 35 percent from the
field…The Longhorns were outrebounded 41-31, but went 16-of-20 (80 percent)
from the charity stripe…Aldridge was named the tournament’s MVP.