AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jonathan Holmes ended up with an odd stat line in Monday night's 89-61 win over Houston Baptist - 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two chipped teeth.
With about seven minutes left in the second half, Holmes dove for a loose ball and hit his face hard on the floor, knocking parts of two of his teeth loose. Holmes exited the game but not before scoring a game-high 15 points, helping Texas (4-0) win its first four games for the first time in four years in a blowout win over the Huskies (1-2).
"I made him smile in front of the whole team and show everybody how ugly he really looks," Texas head coach Rick Barnes said.
Holmes wasn't the only one smiling following the Longhorns' most lopsided win of the year. For the first time this season, the Longhorns did not need a second-half comeback to pull out a victory.
"He looks different but he is doing alright," Texas sophomore forward Connor Lammert said of Holmes. "That just shows what kind of player he is."
Houston Baptist scored the first bucket of the game on a Cody Joyce jumper before Texas went on a 15-0 run during a four-minute span early in the first half. The Huskies missed 11 of their first 13 shots before going on a 10-2 later in the first half.
But Connor Lammert knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back Texas possessions as the Longhorns went into halftime with a 44-31 halftime lead. Three technical fouls were called in the first half - one on Huskies head coach Ron Cottrell and a double technical on Texas' Cameron Ridley and Houston Baptist's Dauson Womack.
Holmes was one of four Texas players to score in double figures. Javan Felix scored 14 points off the bench, Connor Lammert contributed 13 points and nine rebounds and freshman Martez Walker scored a career-high 10 points.
"He went as hard as he could," Barnes said of Felix, who has scored in double figures in each of Texas' four contests despite undergoing hip surgery last month. "He missed the entire preseason. He'll work his back way into it. He's not going to do it in two weeks. There's no way. I liked his effort better tonight."