AUSTIN, Texas – Timmy Allen and Andrew Jones scored 15 points apiece and the Texas No.8 defeated the California Baptist 68-44 Wednesday night, handing the Lancers their first loss of the season.
Allen had eight rebounds and Jones provided five assists. Courtney Ramey added 12 points for Texas (4-1).
Ty Rowell led California Baptist (5-1) with nine points.
The Lancers arrived in Austin averaging 80 points per game and 50% shooting from the field, including 39.6% from 3 points. Texas ended that, keeping them 40.5% overall and 12.5% deep. The Longhorns led 35-16 at the half.
California Baptist shot 30% in the first half, missing 8 of 9 attempts by 3 points, while limiting their opportunities with 12 turnovers. The Lancers collected 11 other goodies in the second half.
California Baptist top scorer Reed Nottage with 16 points per game attempted two shots in the half, missing both. He finished with three points, all on free throws.
California Baptist: Freshman Taran Armstrong started the game leading the country in assists with 9.2 per game, but he’s not among the NCAA leaders. That’s because California Baptist is in the fourth season of a five-year process of upgrading to Division I from Division II. The Lancers are not eligible for playoff competitions or for inclusion in NCAA statistics. Armstrong only got one assist against Texas.
Texas: The Longhorns limited Houston Baptist, Northern Colorado, San Jose State and California Baptist to under 50 points, but they were burned by No.1 Gonzaga for 86 points in a 12-point loss. Northern Colorado, San Jose State and California Baptist averaged 16 points in the first half. A larger test is scheduled to take place on December 9 at the 21st Seton Hall. … Ramey, a senior, became the 40th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 points in his career.
California Baptist welcomes San Diego Christian Saturday.
Texas hosts Sam Houston State Monday at Gregory Gym, a mid-campus venue with a capacity of about 4,000 people for school volleyball games. It was the basketball court for the Longhorns for 46 years until the 1977-78 season.
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