Turnovers cost Texas 19 points
season, 29.2 percent.
“We talked over and over and over about not turning the ball over,” Barnes said. “I told the guys I have to do a better job of coaching to make them understand.”
Georgetown (6-1) scored 19 points off the turnovers. The Hoyas outrebounded Texas 41-35, prompting Barnes to suggest a lack of effort.
“We had 50-50 balls ripped out of our hands,” Barnes said.
Sophomore forward Otto Porter, regarded as a potential NBA draft lottery pick, scored a gamebest 14 points for Georgetown and grabbed eight rebounds. Forward Nate Lubick converted six of seven shots, scoring 13.
Sophomore Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns with 12 points, including their first seven of the game.
McClellan only scored five points the rest of the game, but he did make a basket that provided some hope for the Longhorns, if only briefly.
With the Longhorns trailing by 11 four minutes into the second half, McClellan hit a 3-point shot.
But instead of maintaining their push, the Longhorns failed to make another basket for 9 minutes, 28 seconds, scoring with five free throws during that span.
The Longhorns are young — six freshmen and three sophomores — even by today’s standards in college basketball. Even so, they seem to be making no improvement on offense, and it does not help that point guard Myck Kabongo has yet to play because of eligibility issues. His replacement, freshman Javan Felix, made five turnovers against Georgetown.
McClellan guessed that some Longhorns struggled with the pressure of playing their first nationally ranked opponent this season on a big basketball stage.
“Guys were nervous,” said McClellan, who made four turnovers. “First time in the bright lights.”
One small accomplishment for the Longhorns was that freshman center Cameron Ridley, a McDonald’s All-American in high school, reached double figures for the first time, scoring 11 points — six more than his average.
Ridley has done little this season, other than block shots; he has 21.
Against Georgetown, Ridley made four of eight shots, helped, in part, by passes from teammates as he moved toward the basket, a bit of progress.
Ridley should have scored more, but he missed six of nine free throws and teammates looking to pass sometimes missed him when he was open under the basket.
The 6-foot-9 Ridley said he needs to “work harder” to get open. Barnes said he was open. McClellan said the Longhorns were indecisive.
“When we get defensive pressure on us, we feel like (Ridley) is not open sometimes,” McClellan said.
Ridley was credited with five turnovers, but Barnes said at least two should have been given to guards who made illadvised passes.
“They threw passes he’s not gonna catch, that were hard for anybody to catch,” Barnes said. “I would think they would stop passing to guys that they know can’t catch them in traffic. We continue to make the same mistakes.”
Georgetown’s Greg Whittington (2) drives past Texas’ Prince Ibeh (44) during the second half Tuesday night.