EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Marcus Carr had 17 points and four assists as fourth-ranked Texas beat Northern Arizona 73-48 on Monday night in the first game the Longhorns have ever played in the Rio Grande Valley in far South Texas.
Carr had 10 points when the Longhorns (4-0) scored 17 consecutive points to push their lead to 41-11 in the first half. Dylan Disu had an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Tyrese Hunter to start that five-minute stretch before Carr scored eight in a row, on a pair of 3-pointsers and a layup. He capped the run with another layup.
Texas played for the first time since its 93-74 dismantling at home last Wednesday over then-No. 2 Gonzaga. The Longhorns moved up seven spots in the new AP Top 25 earlier Monday, while the Bulldogs dropped four spots to sixth.
Xavier Fuller had 15 points for Northern Arizona (2-4), which had more turnovers (21) than made field goals (17).
Arterio Morris added 11 points for the Longhorns, who shot 50% (28 of 56). Hunter and Disu each had 10 points, while Timmy Allen had 10 rebounds.
The game was played in the home arena of the NBA G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, which is about 300 miles south of the Longhorns campus home in Austin, and not far from the U.S.-Mexico border.
It was part of the Leon Black Classic honoring the former Longhorns player and coach who passed away last year at age 89.
Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks of the Big Sky Conference led only once, when Fuller made a floater on the game’s first shot. That lead lasted 18 seconds before Texas scored eight points in a row.
Texas: Carr had 14 of his points by halftime, when Texas led 50-22 and had more points off turnovers (24) than the Lumberjacks scored. The Longhorns made 14 of their first 18 shots, and were shooting 65.6% at the break (21 of 32), including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers.
Northern Arizona plays in Edinburg again Tuesday, against hometown team UT Rio Grande Valley, which beat Western Illinois 78-77 on Ahren Freeman’s buzzer-beating layup in the first game of the doubleheader Monday.
Texas hosts UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday on the Austin campus, but that game won’t be played at the new Moody Center. It will be at Gregory Gymnasium, where the Longhorns played home games until 1977, and their home when Black was head coach from 1967-76.
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