AUSTIN, TX —— No. 6 Texas was the lone AP Top 25 team in action today and the Longhorns secured a commanding 97-72 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce here at Moody Center in Austin, Texas. It was an impressive performance from Marcus Carr who matched his career high with 41 points and also tied a school record with 10 3-pointers in the victory.
Record Night For Outstanding Marcus Carr
Carr was the highlight of the night, and especially in the first half, scoring 33 of his total points on 11 of 15 shooting, while connecting on eight 3-pointers for a career-high and school-record before halftime. He ended 13 of 19 from the field, while dishing out four assists.
Carr became the first Texas player to score at least 40 points in a game since Reggie Freeman tallied 43 in December 1996, but he played down the feat at the end of the game, stating that although he was delighted with his performance, his teammates also deserved praises for their contribution as well.
Dillon Mitchell scored 16 points with five rebounds and fellow freshman Arterio Morris added 12 for the Longhorns (11-19) who improved to 9-0 at home this season and picked up their fifth straight win in the final tune-up game before entering Big 12 Conference play. Read more news: Week 8: AP Top 25 rankings for men’s college basketball – Dec. 26
C.J. Roberts Paced Texas A&M-Commerce; Texas Continues Without Coach Beard
C.J. Roberts scored 20 points 7 of 12 shooting and made two of his three shots from 3-pointer for Texas A&M-Commerce (4-10). Tommie Lewis added 19 off the bench, while Kalen Williams and Demarcus Demonia scored 10 each in the defeat for the Lions, who lost for the sixth successive game.
Texas, which played its fourth game without coach Chris Beard, who is suspended indefinitely, had 28 assists on 37 made baskets, while shooting 56.1% from the field and led for most of the contest. Texas A&M-Commerce shot 53.2% overall in the defeat failed to recover from the 47-29 halftime deficit.
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PHOTO: Marcus Carr of Texas Men against Texas A&M Commerce. Photo by Angela Wang | Texas Athletics