After power outage, Longhorns take down Bruins

Sameer Bhuchar

J’Covan Brown shot lights-out Saturday, scoring 22 points to lead the Longhorns past UCLA amid a power outage on the Bruins’ home floor, 69-59. Myck Kabongo added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the Longhorns overcome an 11-point deficit and notch their second straight win.

The lights went out during a Texas free throw in the middle of the first half which delayed play for more than 13 minutes. Texas was trailing, but came alive with the lights and ended the half on a 9-4 run with Clint Chapman providing a much needed initial jolt of energy to his team.

He did it first with a power dunk on one end of the floor from a Kabongo feed, followed by a block on the other which kept Texas’ pacing up. Chapman ended with six points and seven rebounds — four offensive — in 19 minutes of play.

Texas (5-2) came back to the hardwood down 34-28 and picked up where it left off, with a 12-6 run that tied the game at 40 points each. It wasn’t until Kabongo made a key layup later in the half that finally helped Texas put the Bruins in the rear view, opening up an 11-3 run.

Freshman forward Jonathan Holmes was held below double-digit scoring for the first time this season, but he contributed elsewhere with six rebounds, a block and a steal. Freshman guard Sheldon McClellan, and senior center, Alexis Wangmene, each added eight points.

Lazeric Jones scored 21 points and Travis Wear added 13 for the Bruins (2-5), losers of three of their last four games.

Printed on Monday, December 5, 2011 as: Brown leads Horns to victory over UCLA