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Texas Men’s Basketball: No. 17/18 Men’s Basketball rolls past TCU, 66-48 | Horns Illustrated

(Image via UT Athletics)

(Image via UT Athletics)

FORT WORTH, Texas – Javan Felix scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the No. 17/18 Texas Men's Basketball over the TCU Horned Frogs, 66-48, on Monday night at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

Isaiah Taylor finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Myles Turner added 11 points and six rebounds. Cameron Ridley chipped in 10 points (all in the first half) and three blocks.

The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) shot 48 percent (24-of-50) from the field and held TCU (14-4, 1-4 Big 12) to a 33.3 percent (18-of-54) shooting performance. Texas has held 10 of its opponents under 35 percent from the floor this season. On the glass, the Horns posted a 41-30 advantage.

Texas won its 10th straight game and 14th out of the last 15 meetings against TCU, including seven straight wins during the Rick Barnes era.

The Horns rushed out to an early 9-2 lead, with buckets from four different players and would never look back. Texas used another 9-2 run later in the half to build their lead to 26-14 and would not relinquish its double-digit lead for the rest of the night.

The Horns, who led 33-20 at the break, shot 54.2 percent from the field, while holding TCU to a .276 percentage, including 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from deep.

Five minutes into the second half, the Horned Frogs cut the deficit to 10 (38-28). Texas responded with a 14-0 run, to take a 52-28 lead, the largest of the night.

Kenrich Williams led the Horned Frogs with 10 points.

The Longhorns return to Austin to face the No. 11/14 Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Jan. 24. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Central at the Erwin Center, and the game will be broadcast nationally on CBS.

Texas Basketball Postgame Notes

No. 17/18 Texas 66, TCU 48

January 19, 2015

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center (Fort Worth, Texas)

Attendance: 5,153

Team Notes

  • Texas posted its 10th consecutive win against TCU. The Horns have now won 14 of the last 15 meetings against the Horned Frogs.
  • UT improved to 7-0 against TCU during the Rick Barnes era.
  • Texas improved to 145-21 against in-state opponents during the Barnes era.
  • UT held TCU to 20 points on 27.6% FG shooting (8-of-29) in the first half, including a 1-of-11 (9.1%) mark from three-point range.
  • Texas improved to 12-1 this year and 249-27 in the Barnes era when holding its opponent below 40% FG shooting. TCU hit 33.3% (18-of-54) from the field.
  • UT posted a +11 rebound margin (41-30). The Horns have recorded double-digit rebound margins in 13 of their first 18 contests this year.
  • Texas recorded nine blocked shots in the win. UT has blocked at least eight shots in 11 of its first 18 contests.

Javan Felix

  • Reached double figures in scoring (game-high 15 points) for the ninth time this year and 38th time in his career (85 games)
  • He has hit at least one 3-pointer in all of his 17 games played this year
  • Extended his streak to 19 consecutive games (dating back to last season) with at least one made 3-pointer

Prince Ibeh

  • Recorded a season-high seven rebounds in just 13 minutes of action

Cameron Ridley

  • Reached double figures in scoring (10 points) for the sixth time this year and 28th time in his career (86 games)

Isaiah Taylor

  • Reached double figures in scoring (13 points) for the fifth time this year and 32nd time in his career (43 games)
  • Set a season high in assists (six) and tied his season high in rebounds (seven, one shy of his career high) and field goals made (6-of-12)

Myles Turner

  • Reached double figures in scoring (11 points) for the ninth time this year (18 games)

Postgame Quotes

Texas Guard Isaiah Taylor

On coming back from injury…

"Like I said before, it's slowly coming back. I would listen to my teammates when I came in here on how to get the win. They really helped me get through the game and perform today. "

Texas Forward Myles Turner

On rebounding against TCU…

"That was one focal point going into this game, all week. They were telling us that they were going to put all their focus on getting boards. They have size just like we do, and that is one thing we really worked on in practice. They hurt us (on the boards) a bit earlier and we just said alright guys lets get in there and gang rebound."

On the importance of their post play…

We know that is the foundation of this team is to get the ball inside. Once you get the ball inside it opens up everybody else outside because the other teams have to worry about us punishing people down low."

Texas Guard Javan Feliz

On coming out strong after lack of playing time in first half…

"It wasn't anything I did wrong it was just the flow of the game. He saw something that he liked and he saw it when I wasn't out there. It's my job to come out there and shoot the ball and be aggressive. That is what I need to do for this team."

"My teammates they tell me to keep shooting. Mostly they tell me to keep shooting, because if I am going to miss they say they will go up and get the rebound. That gives me all the confidence in the world."

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes

Opening statement

"We actually got some turnovers and had a few things strung together. But we weren't as disciplined in our zone tonight. They got to a free throw line a bit. If they (TCU) make their free throws this is a different team, it really is. We shouldn't have been leaving our feet or giving up baseline drives. That is where we were getting the zone distorted. But Myles went through a period were he scored on three straight possessions and we stopped going to him. Overall it's not easy in this league and we had to fight through that foul trouble, but with a smaller lineup we did some good things on the offensive end."

On rebounding against TCU…

"When I think of TCU I think they are highly disciplined and the stat that doesn't show up where I think they beat us was the majority of those 50/50 balls. Where the shot clock was coming down to the end, maybe there was a long rebound and we didn't finish the possession. We should be a really good rebounding team and they make it hard. Even though we shot 48% for the game they did a great job. John Holmes had one offensive rebound, Ebeh had none, Myles had one, we should have more than that. We said that in a timeout, we have nothing going on the offensive glass."

On zone defense…

"We think we are good in the zone. We have been better at times. At the end we were better at stretching it out and protecting that three-point line late in the game. When you do that they are going to put it inside and that is where our post-players were rush up to the free throw line too much and allowing themselves to be driven by. That is where we got to get better. We also didn't do a great job in the short corner, we are going to trap anything down across that baseline and we didn't do a good job with those traps."

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