AUSTIN, Texas — Undefeated No. 2 Texas Men’s Basketball started the night by beating No. 7 Creighton 72-67.
If Chris Beard was a chef, he would be a master for the way he had assembled a team that plays such instinctive basketball with a relentless intensity. You often find yourself doing a double take asking yourself if they are really college players. They are.
This game was a fantastic match up much like when Gonzaga came to the Moody Center. Marcus Carr led the team with 19 points, two three-pointers, five rebounds, five assists, and no personal fouls. Tyrese Hunter remains one of the most unstoppable players to watch as he produced 15 points and a slam dunk with 00:18 left in the game that broke a full-court press.
In the postgame press conference, Beard credited George Tuttle for the play. Tuttle was a graduate assistant under Tom Penders and he and Beard coached the South Carolina Warriors together.
Timmy Allen dropped 11 points, 7 rebounds, four assists along with Dylan Mitchell who contributed 10 points.
In the last 00:05 of the game, Texas was up by three points and Creighton was in a full-court press. Brock Cunningham got open just in time to get the ball inbounded and then was fouled. Cunningham had not scored the entire game and was at the line with 00:04 left in the game.
Plenty of time for Creighton to score three points and tie the game had Cunningham had not made two from the line to put Texas up by five and a Texas win before 10,858 fans at the Moody Center.
Texas Men’s Basketball heads to New York to play No. 16 Illinois in the Jimmy V Classic at the famed Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6 (Tue) at 6 p.m.