Texas advanced to Sweet 16 behind Dylan Discuss career night March 19, 2023 by Editor Staff
Texas Longhorns senior Dylan Disu led the team to a 71-66 victory over Penn State in a second-round NCAA Tournament game, scoring 28 points to help the team advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 15 years. With Texas trailing 58-55 with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the game, Longhorns interim head coach Rodney Terry took a timeout to settle his team and clarify the strategy.
The Longhorns were going to go inside to Disu again and again. Disu delivered each time, scoring three straight baskets to turn the three-point deficit into a 61-58 lead with 2:42 left. After Marcus Carr scored on a driving layup, Disu added two more smooth turnaround jumpers for good measure to help seal the win.
Terry said, “This whole game and our game plan offensively was to really own the paint. It was a paint game for us on the offensive end of the floor. We didn’t want to settle. We knew (Penn State) was a really good offensive team, we had to try to make them work on defense and we wanted to attack the paint all night long. We knew we had a size advantage; we knew we had a guy (Disu) that could score the ball that’s playing at a very high level.”
Texas, a No. 2 seed, won even though their outside shooting matched the frigid wind whipping around outside the arena. After making 13 3-pointers in Thursday’s first-round win over Colgate, Texas managed just one made 3-pointer on 13 tries compared to 30-of-48 shooting from 2-point range. Penn State, a No. 10 seed and one of the more efficient offensive teams in the country, shot just 41.7%.
Texas (28-8) will play either third-seeded Xavier or No. 11 Pittsburgh on Friday in the Midwest regional tournament in Kansas City.
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