Outshot, outrebounded, Navy falls to Texas, 83-52

No. 5 Pitt survives Rhode Island

No. 23 Vols lose exhibition to Indianapolis

November 09, 2010

Jordan Hamilton had 26 points and 10 rebounds and host Texas opened the season with an 83-52 victory over Navy on Monday night in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic.

Playing with four new starters, the host Longhorns used a 23-9 run early in the second half to easily pull away from the poor-shooting Midshipmen.

Texas struggled from long range, going 4-for-17 on 3-pointers, but dominated under the basket with a 50-30 rebounding edge and held Navy to 30 percent shooting. Free-throw shooting, a problem for Texas last season, was still spotty as the Longhorns went 19 of 34.

Gary Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Tristan Thompson scored 12 points for Texas.

The victory left Texas coach Rick Barnes just three shy of career win No. 500.

Mark Veazey scored 14 points for Navy.

Indianapolis 79, No. 23 Tennessee 64: Darius Adams scored 27 points and the Division II Greyhounds upset the host Volunteers in an exhibition game.

Indianapolis coach Stan Gouard, who played for Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl at Southern Illinois, had his players use Pearl's trademark style of full-court pressure to force 25turnovers. The Greyhounds shot only 41.2 percent from the field but scored 25 points off the takeaways and hit 33 of 40 free throws.

It's not Tennessee's first exhibition loss under Pearl — the Vols lost on a summer trip in Slovakia in 2007 — but it doesn't do much to quell the questions about the coach, who is under NCAA investigation because of his staff's recruiting practices.

Pearl acknowledged in September that he misled investigators about photos taken of him and recruit Aaron Craft, when Pearl improperly hosted the prospect at his home in 2008. Tennessee also revealed he and his staff made excessive calls to recruits.

Tennessee lead by as many as 10 points in the first half and was up 40-31 just before halftime, but never looked fully composed. A free throw by Adams before the break and a layup by Nate Blank after it launched a 16-0 run, which was helped by three fouls and five more turnovers by the Vols.

Adrian Moss, who had 20 points, hit a jumper with 11:33 to go to push the Greyhounds' lead to 58-43. Tennessee closed the gap to 71-64 with 2:57 left off a few quick layups, but it never recovered.

Dewann Squires added 11 points for Indianapolis.

To compound Tennessee's turnover troubles, the Vols were a woeful 14 of 27 from the free throw line and only hit seven of their 29 shots from behind the arc.

Cameron Tatum led the Vols with 15 points, and freshman Tobias Harris added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 5 Pittsburgh 83, Rhode Island 75: Brad Wanamaker scored 24 points, Ashton Gibbs had 22 and the Panthers survived an upset scare in the nation's first Division I game of the season, rallying from eight points down to beat the visiting Rams.

Pitt ended a sluggish first half in the 2K Sports Classic opener by scoring nine consecutive points over the final 1:21 after Rhode Island had gone ahead 36-28. The Panthers then wore down Rhode Island with their size, defense and the experienced play of the backcourt of Gibbs and Wanamaker to offset the Rams' 14 3-pointers.

Delroy James scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half for Rhode Island, which trailed 76-74 with 1:41 to play before Pitt finished it off by making seven of eight free throws.

Pitt won its 14th consecutive season opener, eight under coach Jamie Dixon, and its 48th straight at home against a nonconference opponent. Gilbert Brown added 10 points and Talib Zanna had nine points and 11 rebounds in his first college game.

Akeem Richmond scored 16 points and Nikola Malesevic had 13 for Rhode Island, which lost despite making 14 of 31 from 3-point range to Pitt's three of 16. The Rams lost their 23rd straight to a ranked opponent and haven't beaten a top-five team in 12 years.

Pitt was guaranteed a place in the tournament's semifinals Nov. 18 in New York even before playing Rhode Island. The Panthers play Illinois-Chicago in their second home game of the event Wednesday.

Texas 83, Navy 52

NAVY—Garcia 2-6 0-0 4, Avila 1-5 0-0 3, Veazey 6-16 2-2 14, Avworo 1-3 4-6 6, Sugars 3-14 1-2 8, Connolly 1-1 0-0 2, Wyatt 1-2 1-3 3, Loupos 0-3 2-2 2, Brown 2-6 0-0 6, Wynn 0-1 0-1 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 2-6 0-2 4, Liebert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-63 10-18 52.

TEXAS—Johnson 6-8 5-8 17, Hamilton 10-17 3-3 26, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Balbay 1-3 0-0 2, Joseph 2-7 1-2 5, Lucas 2-6 2-3 6, Thompson 4-10 4-10 12, Brown 2-4 2-4 7, Wangmene 3-3 2-4 8. Totals 30-59 19-34 83.

Halftime—Texas 29-20. 3-point goals—Navy 4-23 (Brown 2-3, Avila 1-3, Sugars 1-8, Wynn 0-1, Wyatt 0-1, Roberts 0-2, Garcia 0-2, Loupos 0-3), Texas 4-17 (Hamilton 3-8, Brown 1-3, Balbay 0-1, Lucas 0-2, Joseph 0-3). Fouled out—Avila, Veazey. Rebounds—Navy 30 (Veazey 8), Texas 50 (Hamilton, Johnson 10). Assists—Navy 8 (Avworo 3), Texas 16 (Brown 6). Total fouls—Navy 24, Texas 17. A—10,452.

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