AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Courtney Ramey scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and Texas defeated California Baptist 67-54 Tuesday night.
Jericho Sims produced 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns. Andrew Jones scored 11.
Milan Acquaah led Cal Baptist with 17 points and Ferron Flavors Jr. added 14.
Texas (3-0) led by just four at halftime after shooting 28.6 percent. But the Longhorns made a 15-5 push to start the second half, Ramey contributing five baskets and an assist.
California Baptist (2-1), playing its second season in Division I, took nearly four minutes to score in the second half.
Texas led by 14 early in the half, but Cal Baptist cut the deficit to three with consecutive 3-point baskets by Acquaah and Flavors with 7:23 left.
Texas responded with a 3-pointer by Jase Febres, a dunk by Sims, and two free throws by Ramey.
Texas: The Longhorns were wildly inconsistent during Shaka Smart’s first four seasons as coach, so close observers were interested in how they would perform after a big victory at then-No. 23 Purdue on Saturday. Texas did not seem to suffer a letdown in defensive effort against California Baptist, but the offense was weak for a half until Ramey steered them in the right direction to start the second half.
California Baptist: In their first two games, the Lancers averaged 30.5 3-point attempts with an impressive 42.6% accuracy. Part of Texas’ strategy against the Lancers – and other opponents – is to limit 3-point shots. Cal Baptist converted just 8 of 23, attempting only nine in the first half. The Lancers missed 10 of 16 free throws.
Texas is at home on Friday against Prairie View A&M. They have met only once, a game won by Texas 110-38 in December 2005. Current NBA players LaMarcus Aldridge and P.J. Tucker were on that Texas team.
Cal Baptist is at California on Friday. It will be their first meeting.