In the best performance of the year, the Longhorns dominated #23 North Carolina 85-67 at the Frank Erwin Center. Texas never looked back after their first basket.
This was a crucial non-conference win. Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns with 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and hit 10 of 13 free throw attempts. Julien Lewis chipped in 16 points. Jonathan Holmes chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds and Ioannis Papapetrou scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, recording his first career double-double. Texas improved to 7-4 with the win. Texas held North Carolina to 31.3 percent shooting from the floor and recorded 12 steals.
Rick Barnes stated, “It was a great win and it was one that was much-needed. I think they looked more decisive than we’ve been. The last game I started seeing some of that. I’ve told them all year that we can average a bunch of points if we quit turning the ball over.”