No. 7 Texas puts clamps on Mount

Longhorns' 80-64 win features 24 turnovers

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January 06, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Still struggling to shake some rust from the winter break, No. 7 Texas used another strong defensive effort to pull away from Mount St. Mary's for an 80-64 victory yesterday in Austin, Texas.

Playing just their third game in the two weeks around the holidays, the Longhorns struggled through another cold-shooting performance but clamped down on defense in time for their fourth straight win.

Texas (9-2) forced Mount St. Mary's into 24 turnovers and turned them into 22 points. The Longhorns also dominated the rebounding 52-35 to make up for 37 percent shooting.

Jamion Christian led Mount St. Mary's (5-4) with 12 points, and Kiel Butler scored 10.

The Mount stayed close throughout the first half as the Longhorns shot 14 of 36.

Leading 43-36 with 16:26 to play, the Longhorns shut down the Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary's hit just one field goal over the next nine minutes as Texas opened a 74-49 lead.

"We played them pretty well early on," Mount coach Jim Phelan said. "They stepped up the defensive intensity in the second half. That's how they're going to win the bulk of their games."

Springfield 76, Johns Hopkins 51: The Blue Jays (7-3) shot 28.1 percent in losing to the Pride (6-3) in the final of the Naismith Classic in Springfield, Mass. Steve Adams led Hopkins with 13 points.

Frostburg State 74, Washington & Jefferson 54: Senior Pierre Bowery scored a game-high 21 points and senior A.J. Ernst added 16 in 15 minutes to pace the Bobcats (2-6) over the Presidents (1-8) in the consolation game of the Catholic University Challenge in Washington.

The win ended a six-game skid for Frostburg State.

Susquehanna 90, Salisbury 67: Four of the Crusaders' five starters reached double figures during the rout of the Sea Gulls (2-9) in the consolation game of the Monarch Classic at Kings' College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Delaware Valley 66, Villa Julie 65: Dale Harris scored 21 points and Anthony Fitzgerald scored 19, but the host Mustangs (2-10) fell to the Aggies (4-4) in the championship of the Legg Mason Winter Classic.

McDaniel 75, John Jay 69: In the Legg Mason consolation game, the Green Terror (4-5) led from the start to beat the Bloodhounds (4-6).

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