15 Feb

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Defense, Turner spur Horns to 56-41 win over Tech

Myles Turner (Photo: courtesy UT Athletics Photography).

Myles Turner (Photo: courtesy UT Athletics Photography).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN -- Thirty-five seconds – the amount of time allotted to take a shot and at least hit the rim in college basketball – is a long time to play defense, even in the variety of zone defenses employed by the Texas men’s basketball team.

And Texas Tech is a team that uses as much of those 35 seconds as it can, both to mask its lack of offensive firepower and to lessen the opportunities for the opposition.

Something had to give when the two teams played Saturday night, and ultimately it was the Red Raiders.

Texas forced Tech into three shot-clock violations during a crucial stretch of the second half, it made a huge difference. The Longhorns rode their swarming defense and the sudden-reawakening of super freshman Myles Turner to a critical 56-41 win over Texas Tech before a crowd of 13,178 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.

Turner scored 25 points, his most since

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 .