AUSTIN, Texas — No player or coach wants to lose, but many will insist that more important than games lost is the response to those setbacks. Three days after dropping its first game of the season to Vanderbilt, the No. 13/12 Texas men’s basketball team responded with an impressive 74-53 victory over Texas State at the Frank Erwin Center.
With the win, UT improved its record to 5-1, while Texas State fell to 3-2.
Freshman forward Greg Brown led the Longhorns with a career-high 18 points, and added three blocked shots in the best performance of his brief tenure in Austin. He connected on 50 percent of his 14 shots from the floor, including 3-of-7 from behind the three-point line. Brown’s best scoring total coming in to the game was 11 points, a total he had reached twice.
Brown was one of three Longhorns to score in double figures. Junior guards Andrew Jones and Courtney Ramey each added 11 points.
The Horns’ victory was their 27th straight against the Bobcats, and improved their all-time record in the series to 45-5. UT has now won 23 straight home games against Texas State, including all 14 meetings at the Erwin Center.
While Brown grabbed the spotlight on the offensive end, the Longhorns’ defense was perhaps even more impressive. The Longhorns held Texas State to 22-of-61 shooting 36.1 percent) from the floor, including just 2 of 11 (.182) from beyong the three-point line. In addition to Brown’s three blocked shots, his teammates combined to add four more, giving the Longhorns a season-best seven.
Texas was opportunistic in transition, forcing 16 Texas State turnovers, while coughing it up 14 times. The difference, however, was in what each team did with its takeaways: Texas enjoyed a lopsided 23-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
Texas had a 39-33 edge on in rebounds, and was led by forward Jericho Sims, who had nine boards, to go along with eight points.
The Longhorns will face their first Big 12 of the season at 2 p.m. Sunday at No. 2 Baylor in a game that can be seen on ESPN.