AUSTIN, Texas — Texas demonstrated why they have the #1 scoring defense in the country holding West Virginia to 59 points while scoring 74 points. This was the first Big 12 game of the season for both teams before a crowd of 12,864 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.
Imagine that Texas builds a physical fence on the court that extends from the baseline around the 3-point line to the other baseline with a sign that reads. Beware of Texas - Do Not Enter. When West Virginia crossed over the fence, they were met with an attack forcing them to stay outside and into shot clock violations, having 20 turnovers, and allowing Texas to steal the ball nine times.
Texas’ starting senior guard #2 Marcus Carr scored a season-high 20 points, (7 field goals, 2 threes, 4 free throws) with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Senior guard #3 Courtney Ramey scored a season-high 15 points (6 field goals, 3 threes) with four rebounds and three assists. Senior Andrew Jones put up 14 points with 3-for-6 three-pointers and 5-for-5 free throws.
In the post game conference, Coach Beard’s first words were, “I want to thank the crowd, 11 a.m. on New Year's day, I thought we had great fans today who were engaged in the game. That really helped us in some big moments of the game, so hopefully everybody [who] came [can] again and will come back. We're super appreciative the students stayed in town or came back for the game, season ticket holders showing up in full force, and a lot of maybe first-time people who took advantage of the lower ball tickets and also Thank You for coming to the game, impacted the game, guys were excited in the locker room, before the game, at halftime, and after the game talking about how great the crowd was.”
Then the team went to the locker room to celebrate the win and tossed the coach around a little bit like a pinball.