Defense leads Texas men’s basketball past Indiana, into Maui Invitational finale against North Carolina

01 Dec By
College World Series
Guard Matt Coleman scored a team-leading 16 points to help the No. 17/22 Texas men's basketball team pull away from Indiana, 66-44, in the Camping World Maui Invitational in Asheville, North Carolina (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Guard Matt Coleman scored 16 points to lead three Longhorns scoring in double figures and the stingy Texas defense limited Indiana to just 23.9 percent shooting in UT's 66-44 win over IU Tuesday in the semifinals of the Camping World Maui Invitational at Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville.

No. 17/22 Texas will face No. 14/16 North Carolina at 3 p.m. (Central time) Wednesday on ESPN. In their fifth appearance in the Maui Invitational, the Longhorns will be playing in the final for the first time.

With the win, the No. 17/22 Longhorns improved to 3-0, while the Hoosiers fell to 2-1. UT took a 2-1 edge in its all-time series with Indiana.

Coleman was one of three Texas guards to score in double figures; Courtney Ramey hit all six free throws en route to 13 points, and Andrew Jones added 12 points. Forward Brock Cunningham, who tied his career high with 6 points, and established new career standards in assists (4) and steals (3).

Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis led all scorers with a game-high 17 points.

The Longhorns jumped out to a 6-0 and never looked back, leading from start to finish. UT went on a 10-1 run in the middle of the second half to expand its lead to 56-32, and never let the lead slip below 19 points.

The UT defense has been stingy in the early part of the season — IU's 23.9 percent shooting marked the second time in three games that the Longhorns have limited an opponent to less than 30-percent shooting. Texas-Rio Grande Valley connected on just 26.1 percent of its shots in the season opener.

The Horns were dominant on the glass, out-rebounding the Hoosiers, 48-29.