The Texas Longhorns beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 73-57 at the Frank Erwin Center (The Drum) for their first conference win of the Big 12 season. Here are my thoughts on the game.
– In a game the Longhorns needed, they showed up in a big way. It’s one thing to expect to win a basketball game, it’s another to actually go out there and do it. About 7 minutes to go, Texas Tech went on a mini run and cut the Texas lead down to 8. This is about the point where Texas would normally collapse and lose the game. But Texas didn’t do that tonight. They actually finished the game.
– Julien Lewis lead the Longhorns with 18 points and Ioannis Papapetrou added 15 points and Sheldon McClellan had 10 points. Javan Felix had an off night but Demarcus Holland had a career night with 11 points off the bench. Without Holland’s performance, we might be talking about Texas’s 6th straight loss.
– This was a game to get the monkey off of this young team’s back. No, Texas Tech isn’t a top tier program in basketball, but a win is a win and now the Longhorns travel to Manhattan, Kansas to face the 11th ranked Kansas State Wildcats. The road doesn’t get easier for the Longhorns but they will welcome TCU next Saturday into the Drum. This was a necessary win to hopefully build some confidence for this team.