Longhorns run to 2-0

Texas used a 19-2 run that extended from the end of the first half into the second to bury the visiting Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 89-58 Wednesday night.

Leading by nine at 31-22, Matt Hill knocked in a jumper to start the run, which ended with a Dogus Balbay second half finger roll that put the Longhorns up 50-24. Most impressively, the 19 points came from six different Longhorns, who teamed up to open up an insurmountable lead in the Longhorns' (2-0) second game in the 2K Sports Classic.

The Bulldogs kept the game close for most of the first half, but fell behind 39-24 at intermission thanks largely to 11 points from freshman forward Tristan Thompson and eight from senior forward Gary Johnson.

Thompson scored in a variety of ways in the half, dunking on a breakaway, finishing a three-point play at the rim through contact, dropping in a baby hook and hitting a short jumper. Johnson hit 3-4 shots in the half, including a longer jumper.

The Longhorns continued their momentum into the second half, scoring the first 11 points. Balbay and Jordan Hamilton each put in four points on the burst, with Johnson supplying three points on an and-one inside play.

Louisiana Tech eventually clawed back to within 17 at 59-42, but Hamilton knocked in a pair of free throws, Balbay turned a defender with a fake pass and laid the ball in and Cory Joseph hit a three. With the lead back at 24, the Bulldogs called timeout and never really challenged again.

Hamilton led the Longhorns for the second consecutive game with 19 points, and was followed closely by Thompson (17) and Johnson (15). The Longhorns also had strength in numbers: 10 players scored Wednesday, while six had eight points or more.

Brandon Gibson paced the Bulldogs with 16, while Olu Ashaolu put in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

With the win, Texas moves on to play Illinois in Madison Square Garden in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic.

Game notes

* Early season games often give coaches chances to tweak lineups. On Wednesday, the most interesting grouping was a huge group that included Cory Joseph (6-3) at point guard, Jordan Hamilton (6-7) at shooting guard, Gary Johnson (6-6) on the wing, Tristan Thompson (6-8) at power forward and Matt Hill (6-10) at center.

* The Longhorn defense was on display Wednesday. They held the Bulldogs to 32.8 percent shooting, forced 22 turnovers and scored 26 points off those turnovers.

* Texas had a pair of big rebounding guards. Balbay and Joseph actually out-rebounded their post counterparts Johnson and Thompson. Balbay and Johnson pulled in a combined 14 boards, while Johnson and Thompson teamed up for 13.

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