Former Dreher Star Tevin Mack Leads (23) Texas Over Eastern Washington
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tevin Mack scored 19 points and No. 23 Texas rolled to an easy 85-52 victory over Eastern Washington on Thursday night.
Texas had five players score in double figures as the Longhorns’ entirely new starting lineup has started smoothing out the rough edges in their 3-0 start to the season.
Freshman Andrew Jones scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He had a big first half, making all four of his shots for 12 points in just 9e minutes on the court.
Kendal Yancy scored 10 points, opening the game with consecutive 3-pointers, and Texas built a 39-24 lead at halftime.
Jarrett Allen, Texas’ 6-foot-11 freshman forward, had four assists in the half by kicking passes out to wide open shooters for 3-pointers.
Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 22 points for Eastern Washington (1-2).
Texas opened the second half with a burst from Eric Davis Jr., who made two 3-pointers in 10-4 run that pushed the lead to 54-28. Jones’ first basket of the second half, a breakaway dunk, put the Longhorns up by 27 with 11 minutes to play.
THE BIG PICTURE
Eastern Washington: The Eagles were overmatched from the start against their first Big 12 opponent in six seasons. Eastern Washington is 1-24 all-time against ranked opponents.
Texas: The Longhorns played their most fluid game with unselfish passes, defensive hustle and an ability to spread the points around the court. Kerwin Roach Jr., who missed the first game because of a suspension, got in his best work at point guard with four assists.
Eastern Washington hosts Bryant on Monday.
Texas faces Northwestern on Monday in Brooklyn, New York in the Legends Classic.