Texas came out firing from the outset of Saturday’s contest with West Virginia at the Moody Center.
The Mountaineers never countered back, and as a result, remained winless away from home this season while suffering the program’s most lopsided loss in nine years.
Dylan Disu scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half on 7-for-7 shooting with five three-pointers, helping the Longhorns build a 25-point advantage en route their 94-58 victory.
Texas (16-8, 5-6) made 23-of-35 field goals in the first half, including half of its 16 three-point attempts.
“There’s a lot of things we can point at defensively that we didn’t do correct,” WVU interim head coach Josh Eilert said. “Their game plan right off the bat was to put [WVU center Jesse Edwards] in a ball screen and pick and pop with Disu. Credit to him. He was 4 for 4 from three to start the game. He knocked down shots and once you see a couple go down, we’ve seen it ourselves in the Kansas game, the floodgates can open for you.”
Outside of a 2-0 lead off an Edwards layup on the game’s first possession, West Virginia (8-15, 3-7) never led in what marked its most lopsided defeat since a 39-point season-ending loss to Kentucky in March 2015.
Two Disu triples and one from Max Abmas on three consecutive possessions allowed the Longhorns to turn a two-point advantage into an 18-7 lead in a matter of 49 seconds.
Disu made another triple with 9:26 left in the half to give Texas a 32-14 lead. He was from alone in doing damage to the Mountaineers over the first 20 minutes, as teammate Chendall Weaver was 4 for 4 with nine points and Dillion Mitchell added 10 on 5-for-7 shooting.
Leading 55-30 at halftime, Texas had 17 assists and two turnovers. The Mountaineers had 10 turnovers and five assists, though they made half of their field-goal attempts (12 for 24) on the strength of Edwards’ 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Disu picked up where he left off to start the second half by connecting from long range and the Longhorns gained their first 30-point advantage to 70-40 when Abmas made his second of consecutive triples.
Texas’ largest lead was 43 at 92-49 before the Mountaineers ran off nine of the final 11 points.
The Mountaineers lost their final two trips to Austin while the Longhorns were members of the Big 12 by a total of 70 points.
“Really felt like it was deja vu here looking at this box score in this arena,” Eilert said. “Like I told the guys in the locker room, one way or another, I didn’t have you all ready to play and that’s on me.”
Disu finished 10 for 16 and made 7-of-10 threes. Abmas added five triples and 19 points, while Tyrese Hunter scored 19 as well on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3 of 4 from deep.
Weaver added 13 points on five shots and Mitchell scored 12 to go with a team-high eight rebounds.
The Longhorns’ starting five combined for all but four of the team’s points.
Texas finished with 28 assists and five turnovers.
“That’s the game right there. They were 100 percent the aggressor,” Eilert said. “They took it to us. They were physical with us and understand we struggle with that. That was their game plan and they executed to a T.”
Edwards led the Mountaineers with 17 points and nine rebounds.
“He was good,” Eilert said. “We tried to establish a presence inside.”
Noah Farrakhan added 11 points and eight boards.
Although WVU finished with a 37-36 rebounding advantage, the Mountaineers scored six points off turnovers to the Longhorns’ 29.
West Virginia, which has lost its first five Big 12 road games by an average of 20.2 points, is back in action Monday at TCU.
“We have to learn quick, but flush it and understand TCU is No. 1 in the country in fast break points,” Eilert said. “They really get downhill and turn people over. Texas doesn’t really turn you over much, but they did tonight. If we turn it over in Fort Worth, it could be ugly. I’ll take it on the chin and we weren’t ready to play. That’s on us.”
Minnesota United get 2-1 victory over Austin in opener
AUSTIN, Texas — Robin Lod scored a first-half goal, Alejandro Bran debuted with a goal during second-half stoppage time and Minnesota United held off Austin FC 2-1 on Saturday night.
Lod scored in the 34th minute and Minnesota United took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Bran added an insurance goal in the first minute of stoppage and it came in handy when defender Guilherme Biro found the net four minutes later for Austin in his league debut.
Dayne St. Clair stopped one shot for Minnesota United. Brad Stuver had eight saves for Austin.
Minnesota United has not replaced manager Adrian Heath after going separate ways with two matches remaining last season. Cameron Knowles begins the season with an interim tag. Reports have the club interested in Manchester United assistant Eric Ramsay, who at age 32 would be the youngest head-coaching hire in league history.
Austin swept Minnesota United last season and that included its largest margin of victory on the road — 4-1.
Minnesota United will host the defending-champion Columbus Crew on March 2. Austin FC travels to play the Seattle Sounders on March 2.
Austin company using AI to track homeless encampments in city
AUSTIN, Texas – An Austin company is using artificial intelligence to track homeless camps in the city.
“It gets around the need for human analysts to sift through the data that allows for human error,” Nomadik AI owner Morgan Winters said.
AI is currently being used for manufacturing, education, and transportation. The owners of the Austin company said, why not use it for a local issue, like homelessness?
“There’s only two of us, and it would be very hard to do this with two people,” Nomadik AI owner Trevor Sorrells said.
With the help of AI, they’re tracking homeless encampments in Austin.
“A lot of these nonprofits in the city and stuff like that don’t have really accurate data to both try to solve the problem and then try to accurately manage how well they’re solving the problem,” Sorrells said.
Winters and Sorrells have created the Nomadik app where people like Jamie Hammonds, the owner of DASH, can provide information.
“I will go to each camp, I will photograph it, do a quick little inventory and hit submit,” Hammonds said.
Then AI does the rest of the work.
“We’re taking in all of the inputs and then using our ML models in the background to parse through all of that,” Sorrells said.
He said it builds a picture of the current state of that homeless encampment and how many people are there.
“There’s going to be a more accurate count than what they’re actually putting out,” Hammonds said.
The Austin Homeless Strategy Office said ECHO estimated in October about 6,600 homeless people in the city. Winters and Sorrells said they hope to help the homeless through the app.
“We want to partner with some nonprofits so that people can actually just request resources or check in so that there’s a layer of safety that the app includes where it’s like, I’m here, I want you to know I’m here so that people can come and reach out to me, because right now, unless you see it as you’re driving around, there’s not really a whole lot, there’s no window into actually what’s going on in these camps,” Sorrells said.
“I think it’s going to change the way homelessness is approached in the future,” Hammonds said.
The creators said the app is set to be released in March.
Former University of Texas at Austin student sues fraternity over alleged assault at party
AUSTIN, Texas – A former exchange student at the University of Texas at Austin is suing a fraternity chapter and seeks more than $1 million in damages.
The student, originally from Australia, alleges that he and fraternity members of the Texas Rho chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were at a party in March 2023. At the party, the lawsuit alleges that the fraternity members attacked the student, resulting in several broken bones and ligaments. The injuries sustained in the attack caused the student to undergo multiple surgeries and prevented him from completing the semester, the lawsuit said.
The suit also alleges that the advisor and the chapter president did not adequately monitor alcohol consumption or maintain necessary security on the night of the alleged attack.
The University of Texas at Austin has yet to comment on the lawsuit’s allegations, but records show that the chapter is no longer associated with the university due to multiple past violations.
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