Austin, TX – On a night that ushered in a new era of Longhorn basketball, the University of Texas steamrolled past Northwestern State 105-59 on Friday behind outstanding guard play and a near perfect first half of basketball.
Texas blew the doors off the Erwin Center right from the opening tip, securing a 13-point lead in just six minutes of game action. Once the Longhorns had a comfortable lead, their defense and solid free throw shooting did the remainder of damage resulting in a 35-point lead at the end of the first half.
Mohamed Bamba had a solid night in his debut for the Longhorns. Bamba finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. His presence on the defensive end of the floor was felt throughout much of the game – NSU was only able to get to the basket a total of five times in the first half.
The Longhorns have the luxury of a backcourt of long, athletic guards that can score at the rim or from behind-the-arc. Coach Shaka Smart chose to stagger Andrew Jones and Matt Coleman much of the game – a situation that most teams can only dream of. Coleman had a solid debut running the show on the offensive end scoring 11 points along with seven assists. Jones scored early for the Longhorns and was a pest defensively throughout the entire game.
Adding 13 points and 10 rebounds to the score sheet, Dylan Osetkowski was another high spot for the Longhorns team. The junior forward brought energy and rugged play to Friday’s game that could result him being an important player for Texas down the road. In addition, the 6-9 Osetkowski was an effective screener in pick-and-roll actions showcasing the ability to score the basketball whether rolling to the rim or popping out for the jumper.
The Longhorns depth was on display tonight as well with seven players scoring in the double digits (seven players logged 20+ minutes). Both Jacob Young and newcomer Jase Febres converted on multiple 3-point opportunities off the bench.
NSU struggled to handle the early Texas shooting onslaught and the defensive pressure (13 first half turnovers). The found some success in the second half offensively taking advantage of opportune matchups and switches
For the Demons, newcomer Czar Perry was one of the bright spots. Perry – 15 points (6-of-10 shooting) – may have been the fastest guy on the court and showcased an aggressiveness and ball handling skills that allowed him to get wherever he wanted on the court.
Sophomore Jacob Guest also had an impressive night as he knocked down multiple three point baskets that were high in difficulty. His success running the base line and coming off of screens should make him a consistent scoring option for the Demons throughout the remainder of the season.
Texas begins their season 1-0 and will host New Hampshire next Tuesday (11/14). Northwestern State will be home against LeTourneau University on Sunday (11/12).
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