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Rodney Terry halftime speech sparks Texas’ comeback over Texas Tech

  • A fiery speech by interim head coach Rodney Terry helps the Longhorns avoid an upset by Texas Tech on Saturday night.
  • Texas Tech coach Mark Adams likes what he sees in the Longhorns because “everybody accepted their role.”
  • Dylan Disu represented the essence of a 15-2 Texas team with several key plays in the victory without scoring a point.

When the Texas basketball team somberly filed into the locker room at halftime after yet another dreary first half, Rodney Terry was there with a, well, stirring message.

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Apparently a colorful and blunt one, at that.

“Oh yeah,” shooting guard Marcus Carr said of the frank comments, “Coach challenged us for sure. He didn’t like the way we played, and he told us we’re better than that. He wanted us to play like he knows we can play. It was a great halftime speech.”

It must have been because Terry’s players played a great second half. His rhetoric was converted into a spectacular team performance and led to the 10th-ranked Longhorns’ second straight valiant comeback at Moody Center.

Now the fact that they needed a comeback in the first place was a bit jolting, especially on the heels of the escape against TCU and the 116-point beatdown from Kansas State. But Texas fans are growing accustomed to that and gladly settled for a pulsating 72-70 win to survive an upset bid by a winless 0-5 Big 12 team in Texas Tech.

Texas' Timmy Allen leaps to try to block a shot from Texas Tech's Kevin Obanor during the Longhorns' 72-70 win Saturday night at Moody Center. The 10th-ranked Longhorns improved to 8-1 under interim head coach Rodney Terry.

After trailing by 12 in the first half and nine at the break to a Red Raiders team trying to extend their personal Austin win streak to five in a row, the rejuvenated Longhorns took heed of Terry’s remarks. They quit making turnovers, started making better shots, upped their defensive game and rallied around terrific free-throw shooting.

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In the final 20 minutes, Texas made 52% of its shots, all but two of its 15 free-throws and did a much better job of keeping Texas Tech out of the paint where it scored 18 in the first half but only eight in the second.



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  • A fiery speech by interim head coach Rodney Terry helps the Longhorns avoid an upset by Texas Tech on Saturday night.
  • Texas Tech coach Mark Adams likes what he sees in the Longhorns because “everybody accepted their role.”
  • Dylan Disu represented the essence of a 15-2 Texas team with several key plays in the victory without scoring a point.

When the Texas basketball team somberly filed into the locker room at halftime after yet another dreary first half, Rodney Terry was there with a, well, stirring message.

Apparently a colorful and blunt one, at that.

“Oh yeah,” shooting guard Marcus Carr said of the frank comments, “Coach challenged us for sure. He didn’t like the way we played, and he told us we’re better than that. He wanted us to play like he knows we can play. It was a great halftime speech.”

It must have been because Terry’s players played a great second half. His rhetoric was converted into a spectacular team performance and led to the 10th-ranked Longhorns’ second straight valiant comeback at Moody Center.

Now the fact that they needed a comeback in the first place was a bit jolting, especially on the heels of the escape against TCU and the 116-point beatdown from Kansas State. But Texas fans are growing accustomed to that and gladly settled for a pulsating 72-70 win to survive an upset bid by a winless 0-5 Big 12 team in Texas Tech.

Texas' Timmy Allen leaps to try to block a shot from Texas Tech's Kevin Obanor during the Longhorns' 72-70 win Saturday night at Moody Center. The 10th-ranked Longhorns improved to 8-1 under interim head coach Rodney Terry.

After trailing by 12 in the first half and nine at the break to a Red Raiders team trying to extend their personal Austin win streak to five in a row, the rejuvenated Longhorns took heed of Terry’s remarks. They quit making turnovers, started making better shots, upped their defensive game and rallied around terrific free-throw shooting.

Bohls:Phil Dawson wins Silver Anniversary award

In the final 20 minutes, Texas made 52% of its shots, all but two of its 15 free-throws and did a much better job of keeping Texas Tech out of the paint where it scored 18 in the first half but only eight in the second.



story by The Texas Tribune Source link

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