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Texas crushed by Georgetown 64-41

Texas started the game out flat and couldn't find a way to get back into the game.
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The Texas Longhorns (5-3,0-0) trailed the 15th ranked Georgetown Hoyas (6-1,0-0) 9-0 early and didn't come back, falling 64-41.

Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns in scoring with 12 points shooting only 5-of-13 from the floor. Cameron Ridley scored a career-high 11 points and blocked four shots but only converted on 3-of-9 from the free throw line.

Georgetown's dominating effort was headed by Otto Porter who scored 14 while collecting seven rebounds. Nate Lubick and Markel Starks also reached double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively. The Hoyas shot 41% from the field, and while that isn't a pretty percentage it was far better than Texas' 28.6%.

Georgetown led 11-3 just four minutes into the game. The Hoyas jumped out to a 19-9 lead with 8:52 to go in the first half and the Longhorns couldn't bring it back within single digits in the first half. Texas went nearly four minutes in the first half without a field goal three separate times, including a 4:17 span to start the game.

But Texas made a slight push out of the break after trailing 30-17.

Demarcus Holland assisted Jonathan Holmes, Javan Felix hit a jumper and McClellan drained a three pointer to bring Texas within eight. That McClellan three pointer, with 16:05 left in the game, marked Texas' last field goal until the 6:33 point at which time the 'Horns were down 50-31.

At that point Texas was able to make some baskets but never put a run together until the buzzer sounded.

Julien Lewis followed up his 18 point performance on 6-of-10 from long range with a six point 0-of-2 effort. Ioannis Papapetrou scored 17 against UT-Arlington but only managed a single point in this contest.

Game Grade: C

Following a 13-of-26 three point shooting performance, the 'Horns only hit 2-of-13 from long range as the Hoya defense frustrated them all night.

After watching Texas' first seven games, including their losses to Chaminade and USC, it is obvious that the 'Horns need Myck Kabongo to be able to beat some of the lesser teams on their schedule. So when the team got stomped by Georgetown in this one, it comes as no surprise.

Texas needs to make free throws if they want to overcome some of their other deficiencies. The Longhorns continued to turn the ball over too much, throwing the ball away 22 times in this contest.

Georgetown is simply the better and far more experienced team, starting three sophomores and two juniors to Texas' three freshmen and two sophomores.

Georgetown should get credit for controlling the clock and playing to their tempo, as well as using their size and physicality to overpower the overmatched 'Horns.

The offense continues to be stagnant, but that’s a common occurrence for Rick Barnes coached squads. Texas has no flow in their offensive game without Kabongo's ability to drive and use his court vision to clear up the guys down low. It also doesn't help when your players just stand around without the ball, which has been a norm for this years' squad.

This is Texas' first exposure to upper tier talent, and as a result I tried not to judge too harshly. But this team will need to show improvements if they want to make the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA needs to make a ruling on Kabongo as soon as possible, though I fear he may not have improved as much as everyone believes.

Texas next takes on UCLA on Saturday December 8th at Reliant Stadium in Houston at 4:15 central time. The game will also be broadcasted on ESPN, and will feature two of the top recruiting classes in the country.

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