Allen, Jones lead No. 8 Texas past California Baptist
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Timmy Allen and Andrew Jones scored 15 points apiece and No. 8 Texas defeated California Baptist 68-44 on Wednesday night, handing the Lancers their first loss of the season.
Allen had eight rebounds and Jones handed out five assists. Courtney Ramey added 12 points for Texas (4-1).
Ty Rowell led California Baptist (5-1) with nine points.
The Lancers arrived in Austin averaging 80 points a game and shooting 50% from the field, including 39.6% on 3-pointers. Texas put an end to that, holding them to 40.5% overall and 12.5% from deep. The Longhorns led 35-16 at the half.
California Baptist shot 30% in the first half, missing on 8 of 9 3-point attempts, while limiting its opportunities with 12 turnovers. The Lancers had 11 more giveaways in the second half.
Reed Nottage, the leading scorer for California Baptist coming in with 16 points per game, attempted two shots in the half, missing both. He finished with three points, all on free throws.
California Baptist: Freshman Taran Armstrong began the game leading the nation in assists with 9.2 per game, but he’s not listed atop the NCAA leaders. That's because California Baptist is in the fourth season of a five-year process of reclassifying to Division I from Division II. The Lancers are not eligible for postseason competition or for inclusion in NCAA statistics. Armstrong had only one assist against Texas.
Texas: The Longhorns limited Houston Baptist, Northern Colorado, San Jose State and California Baptist to fewer than 50 points, but they were burned by No. 1 Gonzaga for 86 points in a 12-point defeat. Northern Colorado, San Jose State and California Baptist combined to average 16 points in the first half. A bigger test should come on Dec. 9 at No. 21 Seton Hall. ... Ramey, a senior, became the 40th player in program history to reach 1,000 points in his career.
California Baptist hosts San Diego Christian on Saturday.
Texas hosts Sam Houston State on Monday at Gregory Gym, a venue in the middle of campus with a listed capacity around 4,000 for the school's volleyball matches. It was the Longhorns' home basketball court for 46 years until the 1977-78 season.
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