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Bamba double-double leads Texas past Ole Miss in Big 12/SEC Challenge, 85-72

Freshman forward Mohamed Bamba scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to claim his 10th double-double in his 20th college game and to help lead the Texas men's basketball team to an 85-72 win over Ole Miss in the Big 12/SEC Challenge (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — There were times Saturday when freshman forward Mohamed Bamba wasn’t at his best but that didn’t stop him and the rest of the Texas Longhorns from periods of total domination that resulted in an 85-72 win over Mississippi in a Big 12/SEC Challenge contest at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Bamba was dogged by a cramp in his left thigh that forced him to a back hallway for a while early in the game, and later was called for a Flagrant 1 technical foul when he got into a tussle in the paint for the three officials who were in charge of the game.

He carried his emotions on his sleeve (and his face) and

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .