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Texas avoids empty trip by downing Mississippi State

November 22, 2012
By RICH VAN SCOY - Staff Writer (rvanscoy@mauinews.com) , The Maui News

LAHAINA - Texas picked up its first win in its final chance at this year's EA Sports Maui Invitational, but the victory wasn't enough to completely satisfy the Longhorns' coach.

Texas made half its shots from the field, including a 10-for-18 effort from 3-point range, in defeating Mississippi State 69-55 on Wednesday in the seventh-place game at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The Longhorns led by 18 at halftime, helped by seven blocked shots, but were outscored 35-31 in the final 20 minutes, though their lead never dipped blow 14.

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Texas’ Demarcus Holland drives as Mississippi State’s Trivante Bloodman defends during the Longhorns’ 69-55 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

"Early, we did some good things defensively we didn't sustain it in the sec-ond half," said Texas coach Rick Barnes.

Sheldon McClellan scored 19 points off the bench for the Longhorns (3-2). Julien Lewis added 15 points and Cameron Ridley had eight points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals. Prince Ibeh blocked three shots, all in the first half.

"We're not there yet but we got close to it," Barnes said of his young team.

"I've told these guys all along, if we figure it out, we have a chance to be good. There is a lot of basketball left, and we've got a lot of room for improvement."

McClellan was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, and 7-for-13 from the floor overall. The team finished 26-for-52.

"We grew up a lot," McClellan said. "The focus is always getting better first. We got better as a team."

Mississippi State (1-4) became the first Southeastern Conference team to go winless on Maui.

"It was the same old stuff for us," said Bulldogs coach Rick Ray. "We gave up 17 offensive rebounds. We beat ourselves by doing those things. We're beating ourselves right now."

Roquez Johnson scored 18 points for Mississippi State on 7-for-12 shooting.

"We've got to play hard as we can," Johnson said. "We didn't do that."

* Rich Van Scoy is at rvanscoy@mauinews.com

MISSISSIPPI ST. (55)

Thomas 2-10 5-5 10, Bloodman 2-6 3-4 9, Lewis 1-8 0-0 2, Johnson 7-12 4-9 18, Sword 1-5 1-2 3, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Ware 3-8 2-6 8, Cunningham 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 17-51 17-28 55.

TEXAS (69)

Felix 2-7 3-4 7, Holmes 2-4 0-0 5, Lewis 6-10 0-1 15, Papapetrou 3-6 1-2 8, Ridley 3-5 2-6 8, McClellan 7-13 1-2 19, Holland 2-4 0-0 5, Lammert 1-2 0-0 2, Ibeh 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 26-52 7-16 69.

Halftime-Texas 38-20. 3-Point Goals-Mississippi St. 4-11 (Bloodman 2-2, Cunningham 1-1, Thomas 1-5, Johnson 0-1, Sword 0-2), Texas 10-18 (McClellan 4-5, Lewis 3-4, Holmes 1-1, Holland 1-1, Papapetrou 1-3, Lammert 0-1, Felix 0-3). Fouled Out-Sword. Rebounds-Mississippi St. 32 (Ware 7), Texas 41 (Ridley 12). Assists-Mississippi St. 11 (Thomas 4), Texas 15 (Felix 7). Total Fouls-Mississippi St. 19, Texas 20. A-2,400.

 
 
 

 

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