Texas Shakes Up Lineup in Rice Win

Texas finished off the non-conference season on a high note Saturday, as the Longhorns defeated a dangerous Rice team 73-59.

J'Covan Brown scored 23 points for the Longhorns, which captured their 10th win of the season. Sheldon McClellan chipped in 19 in his first start, filling in for the injured Julien Lewis.

"I definitely [was tired]," McClellan said of his new role. "I think I did okay. On offense, I kept running baseline-to-baseline. That got me kind of tired, so I asked for a substitution. I've just got to get in better shape."

McClellan was one of three Longhorns to get their first starts of the season against the Owls, with Jaylen Bond and Clint Chapman also getting tapped for the starting lineup. It marked Bond's first career start (as with McClellan), and Chapman's first start since his sophomore year.

The new starters certainly didn't hurt, as Texas never trailed in the game. While Brown and McClellan were the Longhorns' only double-digit scorers, Sterling Gibbs drained all three of his shots, all threes, for nine points, and Myck Kabongo chipped in a nine-point, nine-rebound, four-assist day.

Tamir Jackson led the Owls with 19 points, though he shot just 5-of-19 from the floor. Connor Frizzelle (14) and Arsalan Kazemi (11) also scored in double figures for Rice.

Rice fell to 9-5 with the loss, while Texas moved up to 10-3. Texas travels to play Iowa State on Wednesday.

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