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ULM’s poor shooting helps Horns down Warhawks, 80-59, in Legends Classic + Preston’s Game Thoughts

Tevin Mack. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — When a team lives and dies from the 3-point line, the “dying” part can look disastrous.

Going 23 percent from three and 30 percent from the field did not help the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, and points from nine of the 12 Horns who played ended any chance of a ULM comeback. With help from sophomore Tevin Mack’s 14 points in his season debut, the Longhorns pulled away in the second half to win 80-59 in the first game of the Legends Classic.

West Virginia holds off late Texas run, 24-20

Collin Johnson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas forced West Virginia into a season-high four turnovers, including three in the third quarter, but turnovers do not put points on the scoreboard. Texas’ inability to change takeaways into more than seven points and its season-low point total of 20 helped the No. 11 Mountaineers leave Austin with a 24-20 victory.

Smart on leadership, team makeup, adjusting to gameplay

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

For the second time in as many weeks, head coach Shaka Smart expressed a need for his team composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores at contributing positions to have someone step up and take a more vocal leadership role. With only three scholarship seniors on his team in Shaquille Cleare, Mareik Isom and Kendal Yancy, Smart knows how important it is to have a leader who is not forced to take on the role, or whose leadership is not forced upon the team.

Foreman’s historic day helps UT top Tech, 45-37

Kris Boyd. (Joe Cook/IT)

LUBBOCK — The closer D’Onta Foreman gets to setting records, the closer they get to saving Charlie Strong’s job.

A record-breaking 341-yard, three-touchdown performance and a Kris Boyd game-sealing interception helped lead the Longhorns to a 45-37 victory over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.

Boyette on defending Tech, Buechele on leadership, Williams on work ethic

Paul Boyette pressures the Wildcats. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The offenses in the Big 12 Conference producing the video-game like numbers are led by some of the more skilled quarterbacks in the nation. One of the names competing for the title of best quarterback in the nation just so happens to play for the Longhorns next opponent, Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech. For any defense, he is the focal point of pre-game preparation. It remains that way for the Longhorns and senior defensive tackle Paul Boyette.