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Bols: Whatever Rodney Terry said at halftime worked in Texas’ latest comeback

  • Acting head coach Rodney Terry’s fiery speech helps the Longhorns avoid loss to Texas Tech on Saturday night.
  • Texas Tech coach Mark Adams likes what he sees in the Longhorns because “everyone has accepted their role.”
  • Dylan Disu epitomized a 15-2 Texas team, with several key games in a no-point victory.

When the Texas basketball team sullenly entered the locker room at halftime after another dismal first half, Rodney Terry was there with a moving message.

Apparently colorful and blunt, in this one.

“Oh yeah,” shooting guard Marcus Carr said of the candid comments, “the coach definitely challenged us. He didn’t like the way we played and he said we were better. He wanted us to play the way he knows we can play. It was a great halftime speech.”

It must be because Terry’s men had a great second half. His rhetoric turned into a thrilling team performance and led to a second straight 10th-seeded Longhorns comeback to the Moody Center.

Now the fact that they needed to come back was a bit of a shock, especially after a run from TCU and a 116-point beating from Kansas State. But Texas fans are getting used to it and happily settled for a throbbing 72-70 win to survive the Big 12 team’s upset 0-5 winless bid at Texas Institute of Technology.

Timmy Allen of Texas jumps in to try and block a shot from Texas Institute of Technology's Kevin Obanor during the Longhorns' 72-70 win Saturday night at the Moody Center.  Under interim head coach Rodney Terry, the No. 10 Longhorns improved to 8–1.

After trailing 12 in the first half and nine at halftime as the Red Raiders struggled to extend their personal winning streak in Austin to five in a row, the rejuvenated Longhorns heeded Terry’s remarks. They stopped making turnovers, got better shots, improved their defense and rallied around amazing free throws.

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In the last 20 minutes, Texas hit 52% of their shots, all but two of their 15 free throws, and did a much better job of keeping Texas Tech from hitting the paint, hitting 18 in the first half and only eight in the second. second.

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