No. 2 Longhorns roll over UL Monroe in men’s hoops
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds, as second-ranked Texas throttled Louisiana-Monroe 90-55 at
the Frank Erwin Center.
P.J. Tucker added 19 points on 9-of-9 shooting from the field and made his
first career three-pointer for the Longhorns (5-0), who shot 50 percent from
the floor. Connor Atchley and Mike Williams each contributed 12 points, and
A.J. Abrams added 10 for Texas.
“I just got all of my open shots,” said Tucker, a junior forward. “They are
the shots I have practiced, The guys set me up for them, especially the three-
pointer up in the corner. I got some shots in the paint, some five and ten-
footers. There were just open shots, and that’s what we practice.”
Cecil Hood had 15 points to lead the Indians (3-3), who made 40.4 percent of
their shots from the field.
“(The Longhorns) are going to be very tough to beat for a lot of teams this
year, because they can beat you inside and they can beat you outside,” said UL
Monroe head coach Orlando Early.
The Longhorns scored 13 straight points to lead 17-4 and were ahead by a
comfortable margin the rest of the way. Aldridge started the spurt with a
jumper and Abrams ended it with a three-pointer with 13:05 left in the half.
A Hood layup had the Indians within 19-12 with 10:42 remaining in the first
half, but Texas scored the next eight points. Another three by Abrams started
the run and Aldridge followed with a dunk.
Texas led by as many as 20 in the opening half and was in front 43-29 at
intermission. The Longhorns stretched their margin to 57-35 following a three-
pointer by Gibson with 13:58 remaining.
The Longhorns’ biggest advantage came at 88-52 with just under a minute left,
following a layup from Williams.
Texas was 8-of-26 from three-point range, while UL Monroe was 4-of-14…Texas
held a 41-28 advantage in rebounds…The Indians had 24 turnovers.