The Chris Beard era for Texas Basketball officially kicked off on Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center as the #5 Longhorns hosted Houston Baptist University in the season opener for both teams. In front of a crowd of 14,683, Texas dismantled HBU 92-48.
The Huskies led 7-3 a t the 17:36 mark in the first half, but the Longhorns used an 11-0 run to take a 14-7 lead that would never be relinquished. After taking a 43-27 lead into the locker room at the half, Texas opened second half play with a 15-2 run. They continued to put points on the board and extended the lead to 79-39 with approximately 4:00 left on the game clock. Texas reached their biggest lead of the game at 48 points with 1:02 left before the game clock expired and the Longhorns sealed a 92-48 victory.
Beard spread the playing time around as ten Longhorns averaged at least 14 minutes on the court.
Senior guard Courtney Ramey led the Longhorns in scoring with 14 points, and five other Texas players notched double-digit scoring on the night. Senior guard Andrew Jones contributed 11 points and had 5 steals, forward Jaylon Tyson had 11 points, guard Marcus Carr had 10 points and 7 assists, and forward Christian Bishop and center Tre Mitchell each scored 10 points.
The Longhorns shot 64 percent from the floor and went 13-22 from three-point range. The Huskies shot 32.7 percent and finished 16-49 from the floor.
With the win, Texas sealed their 20th straight home season opener.
Texas has no time to rest as they will travel to Spokane, Washington later this week to face the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday at 9:30 PM CST.