No. 2-seeded Texas asserted its dominance in a 81-61 win over Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Longhorns displayed their prowess from beyond the arc.
The Longhorns’ success was largely due to their efficiency from three-point range, as they connected on 15 of their 29 attempts from deep. No Colgate player was able to replicate that proficiency, with the Raiders shooting a dismal 6-of-24 from three-point territory.
The Longhorns trotted out an efficient offense, shooting 57 percent from the field, including a 50 percent clip from the three-point line. Meanwhile, the Raiders shot just 37 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc.
Texas’ shooting proficiency enabled them to create distance in the second half, as the Longhorns outscored the Raiders 48-31 after intermission. This was due in large part to the Longhorns’ 11 three-pointers in the second half, as they connected on seven of their first nine attempts.
The Longhorns’ sharpshooting was led by guard Courtney Ramey, who finished with a game-high 23 points. Ramey went 8-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Texas’ resounding victory was indicative of the Longhorns’ superior shooting ability. With the Longhorns connecting on 15 of their 29 three-point attempts, and Colgate unable to replicate that proficiency, it was no surprise that the No. 2-seeded Longhorns cruised to a 81-61 win.