No. 4 Texas defeats N. Arizona 73-48 in Rio Grande Valley

Texas guard Marcus Carr (5) is fouled by Northern Arizona guard Jalen Cone (15) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, May 21. November 2022, in Edinburg, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas guard Marcus Carr (5) is fouled by Northern Arizona guard Jalen Cone (15) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, May 21. November 2022, in Edinburg, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas guard Marcus Carr (5) is fouled by Northern Arizona guard Jalen Cone (15) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, May 21. November 2022, in Edinburg, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Texas guard Marcus Carr (5) is fouled by Northern Arizona guard Jalen Cone (15) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, May 21. November 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Texas guard Marcus Carr (5) is fouled by Northern Arizona guard Jalen Cone (15) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, May 21. November 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Marcus Carr had 17 points and four assists as fourth-ranked Texas beat Northern Arizona 73-48 Monday in the Longhorns’ opener in the Rio Grande Valley on the southern tip of Texas.

Carr had 10 points when the Longhorns (4-0) scored 17 straight points to push their lead to 41-11 in the first half. Dylan Disu had an alley-oop dunk on a Tyrese Hunter pass to start that five-minute stretch before Carr scored eight straight, on a pair of 3-pointers and a layup. He finished off the run with another layup.

Texas played for the first time since their 93-74 home upset last Wednesday of then-No. 2 Gonzaga. The Longhorns climbed seven spots in the new AP Top 25 early Monday, while the Bulldogs dropped four spots to sixth.

Xavier Fuller had 15 points for Northern Arizona (2-4), which had more turnovers (21) than field goals (17).

Arterio Morris added 11 points for the Longhorns, who shot 50% (28 of 56). Hunter and Disu each had 10 points, while Timmy Allen had 10 rebounds.

The game was played at the home stadium of the NBA G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, which is located about 300 miles south of the Longhorns’ campus in Austin, and not far from the US-Mexico border.

It was part of the Leon Black Classic in honor of the former Longhorns player and coach who passed away last year at age 89.

BIG PICTURE

Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks of the Big Sky Conference led only once, when Fuller made a floater on the first shot of the game. That lead lasted 18 seconds before Texas scored eight straight points.

Texas: Carr had 14 of his points at halftime, as Texas led 50-22 and had more turnover points (24) than the Lumberjacks scored. The Longhorns made 14 of their first 18 shots and were shooting 65.6% at halftime (21 of 32), including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Northern Arizona plays in Edinburg again on Tuesday, against hometown UT Rio Grande Valley, which beat Western Illinois 78-77 on a layup by Ahren Freeman in the first game of the doubleheader on Monday.

Texas hosts UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday at the Austin campus, but that game won’t be played at the new Moody Center. It will be at Gregory Gymnasium, where the Longhorns played home games until 1977, and their home when Black was head coach from 1967-1976.

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