PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Texas is still far away from where it wants to be this season.
But the Longhorns made a lot of progress in their second game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Eric Davis Jr. had 15 points, Cameron Ridley added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Texas fended off a barrage of late rallies to beat Washington 82-70 Thursday in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Javan Felix finished with 13 points. The win avenges Texas' six-point loss to Washington in the Longhorns' season-opener.
"We wanted to come out and have a better showing for ourselves," Felix said. "We really pride ourselves on defense and yesterday we didn't really do a good job of that. Tonight we wanted to show ourselves that we were capable of coming out and getting stop after stop, and capitalizing on rebounding and getting the ball out.
"That's what we tried to do in the first half."
The Huskies (3-2) chipped away the Longhorns' 10-point halftime lead for most of the second half, cutting the deficit to as few as three points.
But each time the Longhorns had a response, either knocking down a rally-deflating 3-pointer or getting a timely stop on defense.
Texas shot 59 percent from the free throw line in its opening-round loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday. The Longhorns were 30 of 42 (71 percent) on Thursday, and far more accurate down the stretch.
"The stat sheet says we shot 71 percent, but it felt like we missed a lot," Smart said. "But the guys did a good job down the stretch hitting some free throws and putting us in good position. Hopefully we can be in that position late in games, where if we can play solid defense, take care of the ball and make our free throws we'll be in good position to win."
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said he thinks Texas played much differently from the breakneck pace it showed in their first meeting.
"They looked at their personnel and maybe really tried to play a little more smash mouth," Romar said. "Their big guys play more together now. They still push the ball like crazy, but they don't seem to be pressing as much. They're playing what seems to me a little more percentage basketball."
Texas led by as many as 15 in the first half.
The Longhorns turned nine Huskies turnovers into 11 points in the first half, and also got a lift from their reserves, who contributed 22 points.
Washington kept it close by knocking down five 3-pointers.
The Huskies play the loser of Michigan and Charlotte for seventh place on Friday.