Texas Uses D to Get Past North Florida

All along, Texas coach Rick Barnes has said that the offense will come. At the same time, Barnes has also indicated that as long as the Longhorns played a grinding style of defense, they would have a great shot of coming out on top.

That defense showed up Tuesday, as the Longhorns (8-2) gave visiting North Florida (4-6) a rude welcome in a 70-48 Texas victory.

North Florida struggled offensively from the start, scoring a paltry 16 first-half points. For the game, they hit just 15-of-53 shots from the field, including a 3-16 clip from behind the arc.

The Longhorns weren't great offensively themselves, but grabbed a big lead early on, taking a 19-point advantage (35-16) into the locker room. They coasted from that point, winning by 22.

Texas wasn't great offensively either, shooting just 22-for-63 themselves and 5-17 from three-point range. Even that number was somewhat stretched — freshman guard Cory Joseph hit 4-8 three-pointers, while his teammates combined to go 1-9.

But the Longhorns succeeded through a decent effort at the free throw line — they were 21-30 from the stripe — and a massive advantage on the boards (51-34).

Joseph led all scorers with 18 just one game after setting a career high with 19 points. Gary Johnson chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds. No other Longhorns scored in double-figures, though Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton each scored nine. Neither was very efficient in doing so, as Thompson and Hamilton went a combined 7-24 from the field.

North Florida was led by 10 points from Brian Holmes and 10 from Jerron Granberry. Granberry shot just 3-14 in the game.

The Longhorns will next take on North Carolina on Saturday.

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