AUSTIN, Texas — This may come as a shock to some, but college coaches — gasp! — raise their voice. They yell, scream and cajole. Hey, whatever it takes, right?
Somewhere out the recruiting trail, Bo Davis agrees.
No. 7 Texas had to be, shall we say, properly motivated at halftime of Friday’s game against UTRGV.
“I did say something to the team at halftime. Definitely,” UT coach Chris Beard said.
The Longhorns allowed 41 points in the first half. But they gave up only 17 in the second after Beard’s come-to-Jesus talk. The result was an 88-58 blowout before 10,865 fans at the Erwin Center.
“We just had to make the right decision, play defense,” forward Christian Bishop said. “It’s either you do or you don’t.”
Texas-Rio Grande Valley (4-5) shot 53.6% in the first half and trailed by only five points at the break. It was impressive as RayQuan Taylor had 11 of his 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. But the Vaqueros didn’t like some of the calls, apparently, and said something to the officials in the tunnel going into halftime, coach Matt Figger said.
UTRGV was assessed a technical foul, and UT’s Jase Febres hit two free throws before the second half began. A turnover in the open floor led to a Timmy Allen dunk, and Marcus Carr hit a 13-footer. After Taylor scored on a dunk with 16:06 left, the Horns had seen enough.
Texas (6-1) went on a 23-1 run as UTRGV missed seven straight shots. Xavier Johnson air-balled a 3-pointer. Donte Houston Jr. found himself in a double team with UT’s Andrew Jones and Brock Cunningham and threw the ball into the stands.
“Rattled, panic, scared, disjointed,” Figger said in describing his team. “Very discombobulated.”