Jones leads Texas past UAB 67-57

Pac-12

By MARK ROSNER Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sophomore Andrew Jones matched his career-best with 20 points, converting a career-best six 3-pointers, and Texas defeated Alabama-Birmingham 67-57 on Tuesday night.

Courtney Ramey added 13 points for Texas, and Jericho Sims added 10.

The Longhorns (7-1) are off to their best start since winning their first seven games in 2014-15, Rick Barnes’ last season as coach.

Tavin Lovan led UAB (4-3) with 12 points. Tyreek Scott-Grayon scored 11, and Tamell Pearson had 10.

Texas began the game ranked No. 268 nationally in 3-point shooting accuracy with 30.5%. The Longhorns converted 11 of 25 (44%) against UAB. Jones hit 6 of 8, and Ramey made 3 of 6.

Texas built a 17-point lead in the first half before settling for a 38-25 edge at the break. The Longhorns hit six 3-pointers in the half, three by Jones and two by Ramey.

The Blazers cut the deficit to five with a basket by Lovan early in the second half but moved no closer.

BIG PICTURE

UAB: The Blazers biggest strength this season is offensive rebounding. They averaged nearly 14 a game before Tuesday, 18th best in the country. They started slowly in that area against Texas but persisted, finishing with 11. UAB converted those into 13 second-chance points.

Texas: Longhorns fans have learned that they can’t assume victories will come easily against less talented opponents. Texas lost twice at home to mid-major teams during the 2016-17 season, and twice more last season. This season, California Baptist and Prairie View A&M provided more competition than expected while losing to Texas in early November, and the Longhorns needed two free throws by Ramey with 8.4 seconds left to beat McNeese State 73-71 on Saturday.

UP NEXT

UAB plays host to Memphis on Saturday. UAB lost at Memphis 94-76 last season.

Texas faces Texas A&M on Sunday at a neutral site in Fort Worth. This is their second meeting since Texas A&M left the Big 12 Conference in 2012. A&M defeated Texas 84-73 in November 2015 at a tournament in the Bahamas.