RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore guard Andrew Jones netted a career-high 19 points as Texas (6-2) picked up a road victory against VCU (5-4) on Tuesday night, 71-67, at the Siegel Center in Richmond. The victory marked the 200th career win for Head Coach Shaka Smart.
Jones tied a career-high with four 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.
Freshman forward Mohamed Bamba turned in his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds, including four blocks. Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski added 17 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes of action while junior guard Eric Davis Jr. matched a season-high with 11 points.
The Longhorns shot 26-of-51 (51 percent) from the field and a season-high 44 percent (7-of-16) from three-point range. UT held VCU to just 28 percent from beyond-the-arc and 24-of-60 overall.
Texas sprinted out to an early 12-2 lead following the first media timeout at the 15:59 mark, fueled by seven points from Jones. The Longhorns held VCU to just 1-of-9 shooting in the opening five minutes of play.
UT held a nine-point (20-11) advantage after freshman Jericho Sims finished a dunk with 11:43 remaining. Jones’ third 3-pointer of the half stretched the Texas lead to 29-15 with under nine minutes to play in the first.
VCU used an 11-3 run over four minutes to cut the margin to just six points (32-26) with 3:35 remaining. Junior guard Kerwin Roach II connected on a layup with three seconds to send UT into the break with a 40-32 lead.
Jones led the Longhorns in the first period with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-8 from deep. Osetkowski joined Jones in double-figures with 10 points while Bamba added seven rebounds, five points and three blocks.
The Longhorns shot 52 percent from the field in the first half and 5-of-10 from 3-point range, compared to just 20 percent (2-of-10) for VCU.
Two dunks from Bamba fueled a 13-4 Texas run in the opening five minutes to extend the lead to 17 points (53-36). VCU outscored the Longhorns 25-5 over an 8-minute stretch to take their first lead of the game at 63-62 with 3:38 to play.
UT regained the lead after Bamba connected on a pair of free throws and Osetkowski knocked down a 3-pointer on the following possession to give Texas a 67-63 advantage with 55 seconds remaining. Two free throws from Davis Jr. with 12 seconds to play in regulation sealed the 71-67 victory.
Justin Tillman paced the Rams with 22 points.
Texas will be back in action to face-off against Michigan on Tuesday, Dec 12, at 8 p.m. Central for “Star Wars Night” at the Frank Erwin Center. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
Source: Texas Sports
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