Men's basketball falls to Texas Longhorns, 65-37
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 00:11
Sam Houston State Men’s Basketball fell short to the University of Texas 65-37, as Sheldon McClellan contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds off the bench for the Longhorns in Austin Tuesday night.
The Longhorns posted 39.5 percent shooting and overcame 19 turnovers by making consistent trips to the charity stripe and maintaining presence in the paint.
The Bearkats struggled offensively, shooting only 21 percent from the field (13-of-62), while hitting six of 28 from beyond the arch.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well," Sam Houston head coach Jason Hooten said. "Against a team this big and this talented you have to make your shots. That was disappointing."
Texas (4-2) set the tone from the start. After Sam Houston freshman Paul Baxter tied the game 4-4 with a jumper at the 14:45 mark in the first half, the Longhorns pulled away with a 12-0 run to build a 16-4 margin. Texas led by as many as 17 points in the first period and earned a 32-18 advantage at halftime.Sam Houston never led in the game and was paced by Baxter’s 12 points—11 of which came in the first half. Erik Williams added eight points for the Bearkats.
Sam Houston made some noise early in the second period, cutting the Longhorn lead to 11 points on two separate occasions. Junior Will Bond hit a three-pointer with 13:47 to play to bump the score to 36-25. Darius Gatson turned a steal into an easy layup at the 11:43 mark as Texas led 38-27.Sam Houston State held a 21-18 rebounding edge in the first half, but ended up getting beat on the boards 47-32.
With the Horns in the bonus, the free throws helped Texas add to their lead and finish with a 28-point win.
"I really thought this was a game that if we played well we could win," Hooten said. "I saw how Texas struggled in Hawaii (losing two of three games in the Maui Invitational) and we were hoping we would get the team that played like that, but we didn't."
The Longhorns have limited all six of their opponents this season to fewer than 40 percent shooting.
"This group gets more open looks than any team we've had here (at UT) because of the screening and driving we are doing," Horns Head Coach Rick Barnes told Texas Sports. "We are going to always force the ball inside. We used some different things to match what Sam Houston State was doing with its five guards, and that worked pretty well for us."
The Bearkats, which now stand 3-4 for the season, face three more road games before returning home to Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville on Dec. 19 to host Hutson-Tillotson.