“[Tonight] the fact is we moved the ball,” Barnes said. “We really moved the ball. I really thought we had great respect for [the Bisons]. We did a great job of taking care of the ball because we were taking open shots.”Here are five takeaways from the Longhorns win against the Bisons. Offensive explosion
The Longhorns had a rough night offensively against Texas State on Saturday. After the game, Coach Barnes challenged the team to stop playing hesitant.
It appeared like the Longhorns received the message loud and clear as Texas dropped over 100 points on the Bisons. The Longhorns had no trouble scoring Tuesday night.
“We wanted to prove [Barnes] wrong that we not scared [to shoot the ball],” Demarcus Holland said. “We’re willing to step up and execute because we also want to be better.”28 points for Turner
Texas hit a few threes and gave itself a nice lead early in the game but it was the play of freshman forward Myles Turner that gave the Longhorns a boost against Lipscomb.
Turner scored 28 points against the Bisons and recorded nine rebounds and six blocks.
“I was just playing within myself,” Turner said. “My teammates have always been telling me to [play within myself]. I feel like I did that tonight.”First half block party
Texas may have given up more points than it did against the Bobcats but the defense had a great performance against Lipscomb. The Longhorns 10 blocks in the first half, five from Turner, was a school record.Threes galore
There were a lot of three-point attempts. I mean a lot. Try 54 total. Both teams shot their fair share of shoots from beyond the arc but the Longhorns had the better night. Texas sank 12 three pointers and finished 50 percent from three-point land.
A few times during the game, I asked myself where is Cam Ridley? He had a good night against Texas State but he looked a hesitant against the Bisons.
Despite a slow start, Ridley got going in the second half He finished the game with eight points. He was fed the ball inside a lot but during the first half but he never seemed willing to back his man down. It’s odd to see a guy of Ridley’s size not back his man down but it seems to be a trend with the 6-foot-9, 285 pound junior center. He’s not as aggressive as his counterpart, Turner.
The more aggressive Ridley is the better the inside game works and it showed in that showed in the second half when the Longhorns were able dish him the ball and he slammed it down a few times.
Texas will need more of second-half Ridley as the season progresses.Bonus Point
All five of Texas’ walk-ons scored against the Bisons.
“Any time the entire team scores it’s a great night,” Turner said. “Everybody is in a great mood. It builds great energy. I was very excited for all of our walk-ons.”
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