March Madness: Texas beats Colgate 81-61… as interim coach Rodney Terry continues to thrive
Texas beats Colgate 81-61 in first round of NCAA Tournament… as interim coach Rodney Terry continues to make case to permanently succeed Chris Beard following domestic violence arrest
Texas basketball remained hot after winning its conference tournament last weekend, cruising past Colgate 81-61 to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Jabari Rice led the Longhorns in scoring with 23 points, while Marcus Carr and Dylan Disu chipped in with 17 points apiece.
The team has thrived with interim coach Rodney Terry at the helm, and posted a 19-7 record under him prior to the NCAA Tournament.
Terry took over on January 5 after former head coach Chris Bead was arrested for domestic violence.
Charges were dropped against Beard on February 15.
Texas’ interim head coach Rodney Terry has reignited a season that looked lost not long ago
Texas forward Dylan Disu celebrates after making a basket in the second half
Chris Beard was fired by Texas on January 5 after an alleged domestic violence incident was reported in December.
Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said at the time that ‘our office has determined that the felony offense cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,’ after he was charged with assault by strangulation / suffocation – family violence in an alleged incident with his live-in fiancée, Randi Trew.
Beard has since resurfaced this month with the Ole Miss head coaching job.
Meanwhile, Texas will face the winner of the Texas A&M-Penn State matchup this weekend.
Texas (27-8) shot 13 for 23 from 3-point range while advancing to the second round in the Midwest Region.
That matched the Longhorns’ season best for 3-pointers made.
The Raiders (26-9), however, went just 3 for 15 from deep against a relentless and long-armed Longhorns defense.
Colgate shot better than percent. before the tournament. The leading individual 3-point shooter in the country, Oliver Lynch-Daniels, went 1 for 4.
Keegan Records and Ryan Moffatt each scored 13 points for the 15th-seeded Raiders, who fell to 0-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Tucker Richardson, the Patriot League Player of the Year, had nine points on 4-for-11 shooting.
Texas will face Texas A&M or Penn State in the second round on Saturday in Des Moines, IA
Texas Longhorns forward Christian Bishop (32) reacts after their win vs. Colgate
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