Without its’ stars, team is adjusting
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-