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igan State. He made two crit­i­cal perime­ter shots against Carolina, one of them a 3-pointer, dur­ing a span of less than a minute of the sec­ond half when the game was close, en­abling the Longhorns to pull away for an 85-67 vic­tory.

Lack­ing a player adept at cre­at­ing shots by driv­ing, Barnes re­lies on pass­ing, screen­ing and cut­ting to spring his guards or perime­ter shots. Lewis has be­come the most adept Longhorn at mid-range shots from near the free-throw line that re­quire pre­cise cuts and a quick re­lease.

“He’s start­ing to learn to use screens bet­ter as op­posed to just tak­ing off and run­ning — play­ing with­out a pur­pose,” Barnes said.

Lewis gives him­self the most credit for ef­fort.

“I’m a great de­fender,” he said.

And a more stu­dious of­fen­sive player. Lewis said that watch­ing tape with Barnes has given him an un­der­stand­ing of how to excel within the of­fense.

“I’m be­ing a more pa­tient guy,” Lewis said. “It’s about read­ing de­fend­ers.”

The Longhorns’ other sopho­more, guard Shel­don McClel­lan, has been the most in­con­sis-

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