Texas 104, Washington 83
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ B.J. Tyler, a transfer from DePaul starting his first game for Texas, had 28 points and 14 assists Wednesday night as the Longhorns raced past Washington 104-83 in the opening round of the preseason NIT.
Texas will play host to Princeton, a 58-47 winner over Monmouth, on Friday night in the second round with that winner advancing to the semifinals in New York on Nov. 27.
Dexter Cambridge, a 6-foot-7 senior who trimmed down to 220 pounds, bettered his career-high by three with 29 points for Texas.
Tyler, a 6-1 sophomore who sat out last season, ran the fast-paced offense with dazzling moves off the dribble and hit four of nine 3-pointers.
Washington, taller but slower, never could get closer than five points after the opening minutes and had three players foul out.
Washington connected on only one of nine 3-pointers, and its more deliberate style drew cries from Texas fans of ″boring, boring″ as the game wound down.
Rich Manning, a 6-10 transfer from Syracuse, led Washington with 21 points and freshman Bryant Boston had 17.
Mark Pope, Andy Woods and last season’s high-scorer, Doug Meekins, fouled out late in the second half but the 6-9 Pope played only 12 minutes after picking up three fouls halfway through the first half.
Texas led at halftime 55-47 and Washington closed to 70-64 in the second half before the Longhorns had a 13-3 run to clinch the victory.