Tyrese Hunter scored 26 points and led a 3-point shooting spree for No. 11 Texas that led the Longhorns to a 93-74 win over No. 2 Gonzaga on Wednesday night.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tyrese Hunter scored 26 points and led a 3-point shooting spree for No. 11 Texas that led the Longhorns to a 93-74 win over No. 2 Gonzaga on Wednesday night.
Hunter, last season’s Big 12 freshman of the year at Iowa State, was 9-of-14 shooting and made five of Texas’ 13 3-pointers. He made a three from range in the opening minutes of the second half as the Longhorns took control.
Texas (3-0) knocked out Gonzaga All-American forward Drew Timme for long stretches, largely incapacitating him while the game was still close. Two of his first four shots were airballs versus changing doubles defense.
Marcus Carr added 16 points for Texas. Timme led Gonzaga (2-1) by 18 points.
Texas held Gonzaga to a lone goal in the final five minutes of the first half, extending a tight game to a 10-point halftime lead after defensive specialist Brock Cunningham grabbed a rare shot on target. He made a 3-pointer and a reverse layup before dumping a pass away from Timme for his own layup that made it 47-37.
Texas broke it up with a barrage of 3-pointers to start the second half. Hunter struck first, then Dylan Disu was left open for another. Hunter then made two more before converting a three-point play to a steal and layup that took Texas’ lead to 20.
Gonzaga: Timme & Co shot pretty well (49% overall with nine 3-pointers) but have a turnover problem. After 18 turnovers in a narrow win over Michigan State on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, they had 15 more against Texas. The Longhorns turned those giveaways into 27 points. Point guard Nolan Hickman had four turnovers and two assists.
Texas: Disu was a big part of Texas’ ability to pin Timme from the jump. At 6ft 9 he is the tallest longhorn and a nagging leg injury kept him off the court for much of last season. His physical play around the rim will be key for a team lacking in overall size. He scored 12 points and hit two 3-pointers with his smooth shot, giving the Longhorns a critical figure at either end of the court.
Gonzaga continues his tough preseason schedule with a home game against No. 4 Kentucky on Sunday.
Texas plays northern Arizona on November 21 in Edinburgh, Texas.
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