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Allen, Mitchell lead Texas as Longhorns force 27 turnovers in win over San Jose State

Mark Rosner
The Associated Press
Texas guard Andrew Jones lays the ball up over San Jose State forward Trey Anderson during the Longhorns' 79-45 win Saturday at the Erwin Center. Jones had 13 points and two assists in the victory.

Timmy Allen was an All-Pac-12 first-team forward at Utah last season. He has not become self-satisfied or complacent at Texas, and he wants to expand his range.

The senior has been working on his 3-pointer and made his only attempt Saturday night as part of his 17 points to help No. 8 Texas beat San Jose State 79-45.

Allen, one of seven who transferred to play for first-year Texas coach Chris Beard this season, averaged 17.2 points and 6.4 rebounds last season but converted only 11 of 41 3-pointers (26.8%). He's hit 3 of 6 early this season. It's a start.

“A lot of hours in the gym,” Allen said. “A lot of time, a lot of detail, a lot of film.”

Another transfer to Texas, Tre Mitchell (Massachusetts), had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns (3-1). Andrew Jones scored 13 and missed only one of his six shots.

Tibet Gorener led San Jose (1-3) with 12 points, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers. Josh O'Garro scored 11.

San Jose shot just 32% and committed 27 turnovers. Texas shot 51.8% overall — 64% in the first half for a 47-17 halftime lead.

San Jose improved in the second half, getting outscored 32-28 and limiting Texas to 39% shooting.

“I grew up watching ‘Saturday Night Live,’” San Jose coach Tim Miles said. "They’d introduce the cast, Gilda Radner and John Belushi, and they'd announce them as the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. That’s who we were tonight.”

Andrew Jones heats back up

Jones, a sixth-year senior who beat leukemia, had a much better night with 5-for-6 shooting than he did Wednesday, when he missed eight of his nine shots against Northern Colorado. Beard said he is never concerned about Jones' shooting.

“I understand the conversation with Jones, because he’s such a documented player," Beard said. "But I’ve spent zero seconds, not even a millisecond, worrying about AJ’s offense. He got some great shots the other night. Every time he shoots, I think it’s going in.”

Jones made three steals against San Jose, giving him a team-best nine for the season.

Texas forward Timmy Allen drives against San Jose State guard Shon Robinson. Allen led the Longhorns with 17 points.

Big picture

San Jose State: The Spartans took pretty good care of the ball during their first three games, averaging 12 turnovers. But they committed 12 during the first 12 minutes against Texas, finished the first half with 19 and left themselves without a chance to make a run at Texas.

... San Jose State has not defeated a nationally ranked team since Dec. 27, 1996, when it beat No. 19 Alabama by one point.

Texas: Beard was not happy with the Longhorns' second-half performance during a 62-49 win over Northern Colorado on Wednesday. Texas led 37-15 at halftime, and victory was never in jeopardy, but Northern Colorado outscored UT 11-1 in the final three minutes. The Longhorns were better in the first half again Saturday but didn't allow San Jose to get closer than 26.

Beard called a timeout after San Jose started the second half with a 4-0 push.

"There are lessons along the way,” he said. “We have to get to where we are playing the game, not the scoreboard. We had some good spurts in the second half, but we have to get better every day.”