Hoyas Roll Longhorns

Hoyas Roll Longhorns

When Texas lost to Chaminade earlier this season, Texas coach Rick Barnes labeled the team as scared. Tuesday night, after Texas's 64-41 blowout loss to Georgetown, the Longhorn head man found a few other choice ways to explain their play.

"I am really disappointed in the lack of will and that we did not continue to fight," Barnes said. "We talked over-and-over about turning the ball over. The way we turned it over and the decisions we continue to make and the fact that we do not do what we practice. Georgetown did not do one thing tonight that we weren't expecting and I don't understand. I have to do a better job of helping them understand — they don't understand what goes into losing. If you understand the will to win then you won't make the same mistakes over and over again.

Indeed, many of the mistakes that nipped the Longhorns were the same ones that they've been struggling with all year. Texas settled for bad shots at times, shooting just 28.6 percent from the field, a new Barnes era low. Texas compounded that by failing to take advantage of the free throws the Longhorns earned, shooting just 11-for-21 from the free throw line. And Texas committed turnovers (22) while being out-fought on the glass, 41-35.

All of that — along with Texas missing several bunnies — led to the Longhorns putting up just 41 points, a new low for a Barnes Texas team. Texas scored just 17 points in the first half, trailing Georgetown 30-17. But Texas had trimmed the advantage just slightly from 17, and the Longhorns came out well in the second half, getting the deficit to eight points at 32-24 with 15:59 remaining on a Sheldon McClellan three-pointer.

But Markel Starks responded with a three of his own just 17 seconds later, and the Hoyas went on a 15-3 run to press their advantage to 20 points. Texas, meanwhile, didn't hit another field goal until a Cameron Ridley dunk with 6:31 left, a span of 9:28 without a field goal. Over that stretch, Texas committed five turnovers and missed eight shots, while going 5-for-8 from the free throw line. And that doesn't include the free throw after Ridley's thunderous slam, which he also missed.

In all, Texas had more turnovers than field goals (14), and were out-hustled by Georgetown players like Otto Porter, who scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked three shots and made three steals. Two other Hoyas, Nate Lubick (13) and Starts (11) were also in double figures.

McClellan paced the Longhorns with 12 points off the bench, though he scored seven points in his first 5:30 and just five in his remaining 31:30 on the court. Ridley had one of his more aggressive offensive outputs with 11 points, though he was 3-for-9 from the free throw line and he had five turnovers. The starting backcourt of Javan Felix, Julien Lewis and DeMarcus Holland combined to shoot 2-for-16 from the field.

"These guys are better," Barnes said. "We are better than how we are playing. Obviously I am going to hold myself responsible for that. I know how hard we are working, but you come to a point in time where they are the ones that are going to have to execute it. In a 40-minute game not everything is going to go well. We don't have the winning attitude as a group yet that you need to have."

Texas has the rest of the week to develop one before heading to Reliant Stadium in Houston to take on UCLA in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase. That game is set for 4:15 p.m.

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