Basketball Falls To Texas, 78-68

Nov 22, 2001

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Texas won its first game of the season Thursday night but lost another freshman starter to injury.

Behind Chris Owens' 19 second-half points, the Longhorns (1-1) overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and defeated Oregon State 78-68 in opening round action of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Sydmill Harris, starting in place of injured point guard T.J. Ford, scored five points but was helped off the floor late in the first half after suffering a concussion.

'I don't know what else could happen this early in the season,' said Coach Rick Barnes.

His team had made adjustments after losing Ford, and had to make more after losing Harris.

'You can't have a great season in November, but you can blow a great season in November,' Barnes said.

Ford, hurt in the Longhorns' season-opening loss to Arizona, tested his injured ankle 10 minutes before the game but could not push off to jump.

Oregon State (1-1) trailed by a point with 14:36 left in the first half when Philip Ricci scored to start a 14-2 run that gave the Beavers a a 23-12 lead. The Beavers stretched the lead to 29-15 when Brandon Payton hit a 3-point shot at 7:35.

A 13-3 run by Texas that included a pair of 3-pointers from Brandon Mouton closed the gap to 35-31 at the half.

Texas committed eight turnovers in the first half, including three by Royal Ivey, who filled in for Ford at point guard, but the Longhorns played the entire second half without a turnover.

'In the second half we found a way to get the ball inside,' Barnes said. 'That's a credit to the team adjusting to our injuries.'

Owens' 3-point shot from the top of the key with just under 11 minutes to play put the Longhorns up 49-47 and Texas did not trail again.

Barnes credited freshmen Jason Klotz and Deginald Erskin with changing the game with their inside play. Klotz scored eight and Erskin six off the bench.

The Longhorns' height advantage under the boards eventually took a toll on the Beavers. Texas blocked seven shots, including three by Erskin, and outrebounded Oregon State 35-27.

Ivey scored 15 points, including 10 in the second half, and had four assists.

Ricci led Oregon State with 15 points.

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