Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points with six
rebounds and Julien Lewis added 16 points, as Texas jumped out early, staved
off an early second-half rally then rolled to the finish line past No. 23
North Carolina, 85-67.
Jonathan Holmes made 6-of-9 shots for 15 points to go along with eight
rebounds and Ioannis Papapetrou donated 10 points for Texas (7-4), which
has won two straight.
"It was a great team win. I'm happy for these guys because tonight they
started seeing some of the things we had talked about," Texas coach Rick
Barnes said. "We haven't faced that defensive pressure all year. It's the
hardest pressure we've faced."
Reggie Bullock led North Carolina (8-3) with 18 points, while James Michael
McAdoo added 14 points, nine rebounds and six steals. The Tar Heels saw their
three-game winning streak come to an end.
Texas scored the first six points in a precursor of a dominant first half that
saw the advantage grow to as many as 19. Connor Lammert's high-arching 3-
pointer made the score 11-2 and Lewis' triple moments later gave the Longhorns
their first double-digit lead, 14-4.
The Longhorns stayed comfortably in front with Lewis' layup and 3-pointer
opening the largest edge at 39-20. UNC head coach Roy Williams decided to let
his team play through the slide and it responded, cutting the margin to 46-33
at the half.
North Carolina came out much more aggressive in the second 20 minutes, as
McAdoo asserted himself into the offense and Bullock started to get going as
well. His 3-pointer cut the deficit to 48-39, and McAdoo's steal and slam
moments later brought the visitors within 52-46.
Freshman Marcus Paige connected on a floater in the lane to make the score
54-50, but that's as close as the Tar Heels got. Demarcus Holland's three-
point play upped the lead to seven. The margin grew to 10 and then was cut
again to four at 60-56 thanks to Bullock's mid-range jumper.
However, the Tar Heels again hit the wall, as Texas responded and went back in
front by double digits at 68-58 on Lewis' 3-pointer with just under five
minutes to play.
The Tar Heels kept missing from the perimeter and the Longhorns made their
free throws down the stretch to capture the victory.
"It was an ugly night for us to say the least," North Carolina coach Roy
Williams said. "They out ran us. We like to say that we are a running team but
Texas did a better job tonight of pushing the pace, and getting us back on our
Texas made 40.5 percent of its shots, while the Tar Heels managed to connect
on only 31.3 percent of their attempts, including a 3-of-19 mark from beyond
the arc ... Dexter Strickland scored nine and Paige added seven for the Tar
Heels ... Cameron Ridley posted eight points and six rebounds, while Javan
Felix donated eight points and eight assists for Texas ... Texas leads the
all-time series, 5-3.