McClellan leads Texas over Coppin State 69-46

McClellan leads Texas over Coppin State 69-46
November 12, 2012, 10:34 pm
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Texas' Jonathan Holmes (10) is pressured by Coppin State's Charles Ieans (34) as he drives into the lane during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Sheldon McClellan scored 25 points as Texas jumped out to an early lead and never trailed during a 69-46 victory over Coppin State on Monday night in a Maui Invitational opening-round game.

The Longhorns (2-0) used a stifling defense to overcome 26 turnovers and 55 percent free-throw shooting. Coppin State (0-2) shot just 25.5 percent from the floor and made only 14 field goals, five of them 3-pointers.

Ioannis Papapetrou added 10 points and nine rebounds for Texas, whose 12-player scholarship roster consists of five sophomores and seven freshmen. The Longhorns outrebounded Coppin State 50-25 and led by as many as 27 points late in the second half.

Patrick Cole led Coppin State with 15 points, but made just 3 of 12 field goals, all of them 3-pointers. Troy Franklin added 14 points and had eight steals for the Eagles.