Sir’Jabari Rice scored 23 factors and No. 2 seed Texas shut down sharpshooting Colgate for an 81-61 victory within the first spherical of the NCAA Event on Thursday night time.
Rice made 5 of his seven 3-pointers within the first half, serving to the Longhorns get off to a quick begin. Marcus Carr completed with 17 factors and Dylan Disu had 17 factors and 9 rebounds.
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Texas (27-8) shot 13 for 23 from 3-point vary whereas advancing to a second-round matchup in opposition to the Penn State-Texas A&M winner on Saturday within the Midwest Area.
In one other impressed efficiency underneath interim coach Rodney Terry, Rice and the Longhorns picked the proper time to get scorching on the perimeter in opposition to the nation’s main outdoors taking pictures workforce. They matched their season-best for 3-pointers made.
The Raiders (26-9) went simply 3 for 15 from deep in opposition to a relentless and long-armed Longhorns protection. Colgate shot higher than 40% earlier than the event. The main particular person 3-point shooter within the nation, Oliver Lynch-Daniels, went 1 for 4. He was a 50% shooter from lengthy vary this season.
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Keegan Data and Ryan Moffatt every scored 13 factors for the Fifteenth-seeded Raiders, who fell to 0-6 all-time in NCAA Event play. Tucker Richardson, the Patriot League Participant of the 12 months, had 9 factors on 4-for-11 taking pictures.
With many of the followers in Wells Fargo Enviornment rooting for the upset, the Longhorns adjusted to Colgate’s second-half zone protection and by no means let the lead get smaller than seven factors.
About an hour earlier than Texas took the court docket, No. 2 seed Arizona was ousted by Princeton within the West Area. The Tigers turned the eleventh workforce seeded Fifteenth to win a first-round sport in 149 tries and the third in three years.
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The Longhorns performed arduous sufficient — and shot properly sufficient — to verify they did not land on that checklist.