No. 7 Texas tops Sam Houston in return to cozy Gregory Gym

Updated Monday, November 29, 2021 | 9:08 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – New Texas coach Chris Bird is doing everything he can to pump energy into the Longhorns program. The most recent was a trip to the past with only students and some friends of the program invited to join.

The seventh-ranked Texas State is back at the cozy and packed Gregory Gym in the heart of the campus, where the team last played nearly 50 years ago, defeating Longhorns Sam Houston 73-57 Monday night.

The Longhorns left the Gregory Gym behind when the spacious, but soon to be demolished, Frank Erwin Center opened in 1977. Beard returned for one game to the 3,234-seat Gregory Gym, with only students and some VIPs allowed in. It’s all part of a tribute to the show’s past and an invitation to join the party it’s trying to build for the future.

This party began before the game, at a campus gathering organized by Bird, who then accompanied the students for a walk to the gym. The official attendance was 2,834.

Marcus Carr, a senior who moved to Texas from Minnesota, scored a season high of 19 points, converting 4 of 7 three-pointers. Carr enjoyed his night at Gregory’s.

“This is one of the best environments I’ve been in,” Carr said.

Beard hopes that students will continue to attend the games when the Longhorns return to the Erwin Center.

“You know, the minutes that I’ve been sitting around thinking about taking on this job, the minutes that Marcus has been sitting thinking about where he’s going, I’ve always had this vision of this place where we can make a home—I think that was a move,” Baird said. in the right direction.”

Carr averaged 19.4 points last season for Minnesota before moving to Texas. He had a career best of 41 points against Nebraska. Carr earned first-team recognition for all Big Ten members.

Monday started with an average of 6.4 points with a season best of 11. Carr spent the first part of the season focusing on distributing the ball and improving his defense. He converted 3 of the 13 three-pointers.

Noting that, Sam Houston coach Jason Houghton wanted Carr to make three-pointers.

“We wanted to keep (Carr) out of the paint,” Hutten said. “I must choose the poison.”

Carr said, “It was definitely cool to see the ball go in, but it wasn’t my focus.”

Andrew Jones and Courtney Ramey each scored 14 points for Texas (5-1). Timmy Allen scored 12 points and seven assists. Jones made four heists.

Texas hit 11 out of 22 3-point attempt

Savion Flagg, a graduated transfer from Texas A&M, led Sam Houston (2-5) with 16 points and eight rebounds. DeMarcos Lampley and Gavion May each scored 11 goals. May scored eight rebounds.

Hooten said playing in a tight arena could help his team later in the season, during some Western Athletic Conference games.

“I think that’s something we definitely need,” Hutten said. “You know, they couldn’t hear me a few times when I was calling a play.”

The Big Picture

Sam Houston: The Bearcats didn’t pay well at the start of the season. They started the game 339th nationally in shooting accuracy (37.5%) and 263rd in three-point shooting (30.6). Late in the first half, Sam Houston was at 50% on and off the line, but the Bearkats missed the last six shots.

Texas: The Longhorns have only really been tested once this season, losing 86-74 in that time – no. 1 Gonzaga. Their other games, all victories, were against a host of much smaller programs outside of the Six Power Conferences.

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Hooten said Beard, a friend of 30 years, didn’t want to play against him.

It’s a big game for us financially, Hooten said. Something fully packed. It’s a good trip for us because it takes half an hour. It’s good for us to come down here and play in this kind of environment against a top 10 team.” Next

Sam Houston State: Host Schreiner Thursday.

Texas: Texas hosts the Rio Grande Valley on Friday.

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