November 13, 2007

Longhorns sluggish in season-opening win

The No. 15-ranked Texas Longhorns got the season started with a 58-37 win over Texas-San Antonio on Monday night, but the win was anything but a thing of beauty. The Roadrunners came in with a game plan to slow the game down to a grinding halt and did so, but also received help from the Longhorns non-existent first half offense.

The Roadrunners ran a motion spread game from the get go on Monday night often times working the shot clock for more than 30 seconds before putting up a field goal attempt. Texas took the challenge and defended out to 35 feet in man to man defense that included the Longhorn big men defending out to 25 feet at times.

Neither team got into double digits in the scoring column until Roadrunners guard Orrin Greer connected on a three-pointer nine and a half minutes into the game giving Texas-San Antonio a 10-9 lead.

The Longhorns suffered through an 8-of-23 first half shooting and were outrebounded by Texas-San Antonio by six. D.J. Augustin kept the Longhorns in the lead in the opening half with 10 points including a driving score with three seconds remaining in the opening half to give Texas a 22-19 lead at the break.

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