Turnovers cost Texas 19 points

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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.

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