Michigan State downs Longhorns 92-78 in first true road game behind 33 points and nine rebounds from…
Payne, Spartans Trounce 'Horns
"We have to learn how to play for 40 minutes, especially against good teams like Michigan State," said Texas guard Javan Felix. It was an apt comment, especially for a game that saw Texas take a 38-36 halftime lead and a contest that was tied 50-50 heading into the under-12 timeout. At just slightly after the under-8 timeout, the Longhorns trailed 66-56, and the Spartans kept Texas at arm's length the rest of the way. "I love my team, I really do," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "They're disappointed, you can tell. "This is a game where I can't explain some of the things that happened," Barnes said. "Our guys got out of character a little bit. It's a game, and it happens." The game was tied at 54-all when Michigan State guard Gary Harris — back from an ankle injury that forced him to miss three games — hit a jumper coming off a screen and was fouled by Demarcus Holland. Harris made the free throw for a three-point play. Texas made one-of-two free throws, then Gavin Schilling tipped in...
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