Roach finds spark as Texas crushes Grand Canyon, 98-60

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kerwin Roach had 15 points and five assists in a rare appearance as a reserve and Texas defeated Grand Canyon 98-60 Saturday.

Jase Febres and Eli Mitrou-Long led Texas with 16 points apiece, and Courtney Ramey made a season-best eight assists.

Texas (7-3) had season-bests with 16 3-point baskets, 22 assists and 58.7 shooting percentage (37 of 63) from the field.

Tim Finke led Grand Canyon (5-5) with a season best 17 points, and Carlos Johnson scored 13.

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Roach started the previous eight games after missing the season opener due to a suspension for violation of team rules. He scored a career-best 32 points in a win over No. 12 North Carolina on November 22 but converted just 9 of 43 shots in his next four games.

Against Grand Canyon, Roach hit 6 of 8 shots in 22 minutes.

Roach entered the game with 16:29 remaining the first half. He played 15 minutes during the period, as much as any of the Longhorns. Roach converted all five of his shots in the half, scoring 12 points while producing four assists.

Texas led by 56-30 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Grand Canyon: The Lopes lost by single-digits to No. 7 Nevada and to Seton Hall – which beat No. 19 Kentucky. They led Seton Hall by two with a little more than a minute remaining. But they were never in the game against Texas. Grand Canyon is now 0-12 against opponents from Power Five conferences. They became an NCAA Division I program in 2013-14. Only one of those 12 games were played at home in Phoenix — against Louisville in 2016.

Texas: The Longhorns ranked 294th nationally in 3-point accuracy with 30.4 percent coming in. But when they do make them, good things happen. In their last three victories, they hit 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) against North Carolina, 11 for 25 (44.0) against Purdue and 16 of 30 against Grand Canyon. They moved the ball well against Grand Canyon, sometimes eschewing open 3-pointers early in the shot clock to get an even better look.

NEXT UP

Grand Canyon is at Northern Iowa for the first time on Wednesday.

Texas faces Providence on Friday in Austin. They’ve met five times, with Texas holding a 3-2 edge. Texas won the most recent game, 79-77 in 2004 in overtime.

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