The Longhorns demonstrated their dominance in the NCAA Tournament opener, steamrolling East Carolina to secure a comprehensive victory.
Texas, a perennial powerhouse on the court, had no difficulty dispatching the Pirates, employing a relentless offensive strategy that saw them build an early lead and never look back.
The Longhorns’ proficiency with the ball was on full display, as ECU could do little to stop their methodical attack. Led by a steady stream of three-pointers, Texas raced out to a 26-10 first-quarter advantage, leaving the Pirates to play catch-up throughout the game.
Behind the stellar performances of guard Courtney Ramey and center Jericho Sims, the Longhorns were able to extend their lead to as much as 47 points in the second half, a margin that proved insurmountable for East Carolina. Ramey and Sims combined for 37 points, providing a potent one-two punch that the Pirates were unable to counter.
The Longhorns’ stifling defense also played a major role in their victory, as the Pirates were held to just 32 percent shooting from the field and an abysmal 16 percent from beyond the arc. Texas’ defensive intensity allowed them to maintain their sizable lead throughout the second half, as the Pirates’ offense was completely stymied.
Texas’ emphatic triumph over East Carolina serves as a reminder of just how potent the Longhorns can be when they are at their best. The Pirates were unable to keep pace with the Longhorns’ offensive and defensive prowess, resulting in a one-sided affair that only further solidifies Texas’ reputation as a juggernaut in the NCAA Tournament.