NCAAB Game Recap - Alabama-Birmingham at Texas
Tue Dec 3, 2019 8:00 PM EST

Mich
43
Lou
58
F
Duke
87
MSU
75
F
Brad
56
Mem
71
F
FlaSt
64
Ind
80
F
MD-ES
46
Baylor
78
F
HBU
68
Dayt
99
F
Butl
67
Miss
58
F
NDSt
60
IndSt
71
F
E KY
67
USC-Up
79
F
StPet
69
StJon
79
F
BethC
67
Stetsn
72
F
Dart
80
GASt
83
F(OT)
Copp
85
ECU
75
F
NW
82
BC
64
F
StAnd
58
App
90
F
Coker
59
GWebb
73
F
Rich
80
Hamp
63
F
W Ky
74
WriSt
76
F
OlDom
46
W&M
63
F
Chat
77
WCU
87
F
Oakl
72
W MI
62
F
Iowa
68
Syr
54
F
Lafy
94
StJos
71
F
Buck
69
Rider
89
F
UNCA
83
Charl
75
F
NoKY
76
MiaO
54
F
Detr
57
Kent
92
F
JacSt
60
GMas
67
F
Quin
77
FaDi
78
F
Valpa
79
E MI
85
F
Vermt
73
Cin
82
F
LoyIL
70
Ball
58
F
UMBC
61
Amer
85
F
(N/A)
64
Samf
97
F
(N/A)
38
MidTN
86
F
(N/A)
61
McNee
107
F
Lipsco
75
Belm
80
F
NebOm
73
ArkSt
78
F
Buff
76
Vand
90
F
SamH
86
UTRGV
90
F(2OT)
UAB
57
Tex
67
F
TXAMC
67
TexSA
89
F
Murr
69
MOSt
71
F
SeLA
81
ULLa
98
F
NWSt
51
SMU
77
F
ChaSo
68
Mizzu
60
F
WIMil
53
Drake
56
F
APSU
61
Ark
69
F
Oral
60
Crei
72
F
Rut
60
Pitt
71
F
IlSt
69
TCU
81
F
UTEP
56
NMSt
59
F
MtStM
67
GrCan
75
F(OT)
JackSt
58
Denv
67
F
NOrl
54
LSU
90
F
UCSB
64
CSBak
60
F
InWor
60
Seatt
81
F
(N/A)
36
Sac
72
F
AzSt
71
USF
67
F

Dec 3, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Alabama-Birmingham (4-3)

25

32

57

Texas (7-1)

38

29

67

Jones leads Texas past UAB 67-57
Tue Dec 3, 2019 11:34 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Last Saturday, after the Texas Longhorns made three late 3-point baskets that enabled them to survive another poor shooting game and scrape by McNeese State, guard Andrew Jones offered a prediction.

"Eventually, the floodgates are going to open for us," Jones said after a two-point victory.

Eventually arrived three days later, and Jones unlocked the gates. Jones, sophomore reserve, matched his career-best with 20 points in 27 minutes, converting a career-best six 3-pointers, and Texas defeated Alabama-Birmingham 67-57 on Tuesday night.

Jones is a crowd favorite, having returned to the lineup this season after an absence of nearly two years while receiving treatment for leukemia.

In his first game back, opening night against Northern Colorado, Jones scored the career-best 20 points that he matched against UAB.

"Any given night, we have such great shooters on the team, anybody can have a night," Jones said. "It just happened to be me tonight."

Courtney Ramey scored 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.

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. The 11 equaled their season best. Jones hit 6 of 8, and Ramey made 3 of 6.

The Longhorns finished 9 for 31 against McNeese after missing 11 of 14 in the first half.

"We talked about in our scouting report that Texas is a streaky shooting team," UAB coach Robert Ehsan said. "We were hoping that we would get the team that shot it versus McNeese."

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

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. Texas limited UAB to 41.5 percent field goal accuracy. The Blazers hit 4 of 13 3-pointers.

Even so, Texas coach Shaka Smart was not completely satisfied.

"On the defensive end, I would say 75 percent of our possessions were very good," Smart said. "We're still searching for a 40-minute effort. I don't mean from a standpoint of trying. I mean from a standpoint of competitiveness, execution, details."

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 November, and the Longhorns needed two free throws by Ramey with 8.4 seconds left to beat McNeese State 73-71 on Saturday.

COLEMAN SOLID AGAIN

Point guard Matt Coleman leads Texas in scoring, 3-point shooting accuracy, and assists. Smart has said Coleman is the best Longhorn player so far this season. Coleman hit just 2 of 8 shots, scoring seven points against UAB, but he made four steals and four assists against two turnovers. In his last three games, Coleman has 20 assists and just the two turnovers against UAB.

KAI HIGH

Kai Jones, the 6-foot-11 freshman reserve for Texas, blocked three shots in 19 minutes against UAB. He made four dunks against McNeese.

"He's a tremendous talent," Ehsan said. "His upside, I would think, is as high as maybe anyone in college basketball."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas fell from 31st in points last week to not receiving a single vote on Monday after winning its only game in between - by two points against McNeese States. The Longhorns, despite a 7-1 record, are a long way from being ranked.

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.

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Leaders

Alabama-Birmingham PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Ralat 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. Lovan 12 0 2 6 1 0
Texas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Hamm 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

UAB Tex
Points For 57 67
Field Goals 22/53-42% 24/49-49%
Three Pointers 4/13-31% 11/25-44%
Free Throws 9/10-90% 8/11-73%
Offensive Rebounds 11 4
Defensive Rebounds 22 21
Rebounds 36 28
Blocks 2 6
Steals 3 8
Turnovers 13 10
Personal Fouls 13 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Tex Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 3 UAB 57 @ Tex 67 J. Benjamin 2 K. Hepa 2

Game Information

Stadium: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas
Attendance: 14,552
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