No. 11 Longhorns Upset No. 2 Gonzaga in Austin
AUSTIN The No. 11 ranked Texas Longhorns welcomed the No. 52 The No.1 ranked Texas Longhorns welcomed the No.2 Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Moody Center, Austin on Wednesday night in one of the most prominent early-season matchups college hockey this season ..
This was a high-profile matchup in Texas’ new arena. It was also an opportunity to give Chris Beard a major win to start his second year as Texas head coach.
And after a hard-fought battle, the Longhorns would earn that signature win, taking down the Bulldogs 93 – 74, and moving to 3-0 this season.
“Obviously, we said before the game that it would take our best 40 minutes to this point in our early season to play and beat Gonzaga at home,” Beard said. “That’s what we did.”
The Longhorns got off to a hot start in the first half, taking a 10-point 47-37 lead into the locker room, behind the dynamic guard play of Marcus Carr and Tyrese Hunter, and solid bench contributions from Sir’Jabari Rice and Brock Cunningham. Hunter said it to himself after one his first-half 3 pointers.
The route continued with the Longhorns building a huge lead and defeating the Bulldogs in convincing fashion.
” This is a really, really great, really good team,” Mark Few, Gonzaga coach, said. … They are the real deal.
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Hunter ended the game as the leading scorer for the Longhorns, pouring in 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He also made 5 of 8 shots from three.
As a team, the Longhorns hit 52.3 percent of their shots from the field, and 40.6 from three, and forced the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers.
Following the matchup with the Bulldogs, the Longhorns will now turn their attention to a much less intimidating opponent next Monday, when they face Northern Arizona. The Longhorns will next face UT Rio Grande Valley in the final game of November before a matchup against Creighton on December 1.
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