No. 11/10 Texas Men’s Basketball pulls away from Owls



AUSTIN, Texas – In his first collegiate start, Myles Turner posted 16 points, while Jonathan Holmes recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 11/10 Texas Men's Basketball team defeated the Rice Owls 66-55 on Monday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Horns (11-2) used a 13-4 run in the last 5:52, with points coming from five different players, to pull away from the Owls (3-8). Texas recorded its 10th straight win against Rice and improved to a perfect 9-0 versus the Owls during the Rick Barnes era.

Turner shot 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. His miss from the line in the second half snapped a streak of 22 straight made free throws that spanned seven games dating back to the UT Arlington contest on Dec. 2. In the first half, Turner had nine points on 3-of-3 shooting in 11 minutes of action.

Holmes' 12 points put him at 999 points in his career. He will look to become the 34th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club on Saturday at Texas Tech. Javan Felix added 10 points for the Longhorns.

Texas finished with 38 points in the paint and outscored the Owls, 18-4, in second chance points thanks to 18 offensive boards.

The first 19 points from the Longhorns were scored by six different players, but UT trailed the Owls 22-19 with 4:44 remaining. Texas would then use a 10-0 run, led by seven points from Turner, to take a 29-22 lead at the break. The Texas defense held Rice scoreless for the final 4:44 of the opening half.

With just under six minutes remaining in the game, the Owls went on a 5-0 run to pull within two (53-51), before Texas responded with 10 unanswered points to increase the lead to 61-51.

Seth Gearhart led the Owls with 24 points, including 19 in the second half, on 8-of-13 shooting and 4-of-8 from deep.

The Longhorns begin Big 12 Conference play when they travel to Lubbock to face the Red Raiders on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 1 pm CT, and the contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

Texas Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 11/10 Texas 66, Rice 55
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas)
Attendance: 9,373

Team Notes

  • Texas defeated Rice for the 10th consecutive time. UT improved to 9-0 against Rice in the Rick Barnesera. The Horns have won 17 of the last 18 and 32 of the last 37 meetings against the Owls.
  • UT recorded a +14 (39-25) rebound margin in the victory. Texas has posted double-digit rebound margins in 10 of its first 13 games this year.
  • The Horns converted 17-of-27 free throws, while the Owls were just 5-of-6 from the stripe.

Jordan Barnett

  • Set a season high in assists (three) and tied his season high in rebounds (four) and steals (two)

Javan Felix

  • Reached double figures in scoring (10 points) for the sixth time this year and 35th time in his career (80 games)

Jonathan Holmes

  • Posted his second double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) of the year and seventh of his career (108 games).
  • Reached double figures in scoring for the ninth time this year and 50th time in his career
  • Reached double figures in rebounding for the third time this season and 12th time in his career. Eight of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Myles Turner

  • Reached double figures in scoring (16 points) for the seventh time this year (13 games).
  • Started for the first time in his collegiate career

James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.

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