AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jase Febres scored 16 points, and Texas defeated High Point 89-58 Monday night.
Febres scored 11 in the second half, converting 3 of 4 3-point shots.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Jones made his first start for Texas (10-2) since Dec. 5, 2017 – before he was diagnosed with leukemia. Jones was absent for nearly two years while receiving treatment, rejoining the rotation this season as a reserve. He is the team’s second-leading scorer, and finished with 13 points and four assists.
Courtney Ramey also scored 13 for Texas. Jericho Sims had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Matt Coleman added 10 points and eight assists.
John-Michael Wright and Cliff Thomas led High Point (3-10) with 15 points apiece.
Texas shot 55.4% from the field, including 10 of 23 on 3-pointers.
Texas led by only 12 at halftime. But Febres hit consecutive 3-pointers as the midway point of the second half approached to give the Longhorns a 63-39 lead.
High Point: The Panthers have struggled all season. They lost six straight games in November. They could not afford to lose a key player. But Curtis Holland, High Point’s leading scorer this season with 14.5 points a game, sat out Monday with a lower body injury, apparently nothing serious. A team spokesman said the Panthers hope to have Holland back against Radford on Saturday.
Texas: Though the Longhorns start Big 12 play on Saturday with a 10-2 nonconference record, they have failed to impress voters as Texas did not receive any votes in the weekly AP poll released on Monday. Texas has one remaining nonconference game against LSU in Austin on Jan. 25.
High Point begins Big South competition on Saturday at Radford, which won both meetings last season.
Texas begins Big 12 competition on Saturday at Baylor. The Longhorns and Bears split two games last season, each winning at home.
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