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Longhorns blast past the Red Flash, 78-46

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)
Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

PRESTON: Game Thoughts – UT 78, SFU 46

AUSTIN — Texas continued its torrid defensive pace Tuesday night, smothering the out-matched Saint Francis Red Flash to win 78-46 at the Frank Erwin Center. The game marked the fifth consecutive game this season that the Longhorns have held their opponent to less than 60 points.

The Red Flash finished the game with a dismal shooting percentage of 31 percent from the field.

Offensively, Rick Barnes’ team was led by freshman phenom Myles Turner who scored 25 points (along with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots). He was practically perfect, dropping 11 of his 12 shots in the bucket to tie a school record for field goal percentage in a game. Cameron Ridley scored 16 for the Longhorns, and teammate Kendall Yancy chipped in 12 points with six rebounds.

Frighteningly for anyone who doesn’t wear burnt orange, the 6-foot-11 Turner was 3-of-3 from the three-point stripe. Gulp.

The Longhorns’ dominance inside was apparent quickly in the 1st half, thanks to Ridley and Turner – or is it Turner and Ridley? The junior Ridley started the game with a layup and a dunk, and finished the opening half with 13 points, three rebounds, and three blocks. Ridley was 6-of-7 from the field in the first 20 minutes.

The freshman Turner added 11 points and six rebounds in the 1st half, on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.

Texas’ superiority Tuesday night was easy to locate at various places on the stat sheet.

Rebounds? Texas won that battle 43-21. Blocked shots? Texas had eight, Saint Francis one. Bench points? Texas 32, Saint Francis 17.

Malik Harmon led Saint Francis offensively with 15 points, and his teammate, Ben Millaud-Meunier, was next with only nine.

The Longhorns improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Red Flash dropped to 2-3. Weird stat of the night: the Longhorns tied a school record with only five total fouls, tying a record set in 1948.