DALLAS (AP) — Marcus Carr had 17 points and five assists as seventh-ranked Texas, playing again without suspended coach Chris Beard, beat Stanford 72-62 on Sunday.
Carr started a frenzy of eight points in 48 seconds early in the second period that saw the Longhorns lead to stay. He also ended the long-running shooting drought at Dallas Mavericks, the NBA’s home. Si’Jabari Rice, Timmy Allen, and Si’Jabari Rice had 15 points each for the Longhorns (9-1).
For Stanford (4-7), Michael Jones scored 17 points.
The Longhorns were playing in the second game without Beard. Beard was taken into custody and held for nearly 11 hours on Monday, a felony domestic abuse charge. Police were called to Beard’s home by a woman who claimed that he had choked, bit, and hit her during an argument. Beard’s attorney has said the coach is innocent.
Texas officials suspended Beard indefinitely without pay, elevated assistant Rodney Terry to acting head coach and have declined to comment on Beard’s case since. The only mention of Beard in the team’s game notes for the Stanford game was on the third page, a copy of the university’s one-paragraph statement from Monday announcing the suspension.
Longhorns faced Stanford with slow start, much like Monday night, when they were trailing at halftime. They needed overtime to defeat Rice 87-81. They didn’t need as long to get on track this time, though they still had some late struggles.
Carr hit a tiebreaking, second-chance 3-pointer to tie Texas at 34-31 just after halftime. The defensive rebound led to a Tyrese Hunter 3 before his pass ahead to Dylan Disu, who scored a one-handed slam.
The Longhorns had as much as a 58-42 lead after Hunter’s 3 with 11 1/2 minutes left before missing 11 shots in a row. Stanford was within 59-55 of Carr’s 3 with 11 1/2 minutes left, but never recovered the lead after Carr’s drought-ending jumper with 6 seconds remaining.
Terry is now in his second tenure as a Longhorns assistant. He has also had head coaching experience at Fresno State, UTEP and other universities. Beard is now two seasons into a seven year contract guaranteed to him that pays him $5 million per annum.
Stanford: The Cardinal have struggled despite have so much experience — they returned eight of their top nine rotation players from last season. They are currently 0-2 against Pac-12 teams and 1-5 against major conference opponents after falling to Texas for the second consecutive year in the Pac-12 Coast To Coast Challenge. The Longhorns won 60 to 53 in Las Vegas last December.
Texas: Texas Longhorns have been ranked No. After a hard week, they are trying to bounce back now.
Stanford will play Loyola Chicago, Santa Cruz, California, in a neutral-site match on Thursday.
Texas hosts Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday night.
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