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Longhorns defeated the Owls 66-44 Monday in front of their home crowd.

Rice Owls vs. Texas Longhorns Final Score 66-44: Longhorns dominate at home

lhs UT basketball 05Junior forward Jonathan Holmes scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first half, as the Texas Longhorns defeated the Rice Owls 66-44 at the UT Erwin Center on Monday.

The Longhorns (11-2) never trailed, as they wrapped up their non-conference schedule by winning their ninth straight game with the win over the Owls (5-7) Monday.

The Longhorns dominated the boards all day as Holmes, sophomore center Connor Lammert and sophomore center Prince Ibeh combined for 19 rebounds. The Longhorns out-rebounded the Owls 42-29, including nine offensive rebounds.

Playing a team-high 30 minutes, Longhorns’ freshman guard Isaiah Taylor recorded five points, four assists and five rebounds in what turned out to be a solid performance from the true freshman, after a slow start.

Ibeh added eight points off the bench and sophomore center Cameron Ridley added 14 points in just 20 minutes.

The Owls were paced by true freshman forward Sean Obi, who lead the team with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Nizar Kapic chipped in seven points and sophomore guard Keith Washington added seven points of his own.

The Longhorns are off to a great start this season already defeating No. 14 North Carolina on the road earlier in the season. Rick Barnes’ team has totaled 11 wins already this season, in contrast, it took the Longhorns until mid-February last season to win their 11th game.

The Longhorns haven’t been able to crack the top 25 yet this season, but currently they’re ranked No. 27 in the AP poll and could be pushed into the top 25 within the next few weeks.

The schedule will get difficult for Barnes and the Longhorns as they welcome in the Oklahoma Sooners (11-2) on Jan. 4 followed by a showdown against national player of the year candidate Marcus Smart and the 6th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-1) on Jan. 8 in Stillwater.

Eight of the next 18 games for the Longhorns will be against opponents currently ranked in the top 16. Barnes and company will have to continue to play well in order to survive the brutal Big 12 schedule ahead of them.


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