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.