ASHEVILLE, NC - Shaka Smart saw the aggressive and relentless edge he wanted from his defense. And that has No. 17 Texas in the championship game of the relocated Maui Invitational. Matt Coleman III scored 16 points while the Longhorns held Indiana to its lowest point total in more than a decade, beating the Hoosiers 66- 44 in Tuesday's semifinals.
Courtney Ramey added 13 points for the Longhorns (3-0), who are in the tournament for the fifth time but will play in their first Maui final. Indiana shot just 24% and finished with more turnovers (14) than field goals (11). Its struggles included four stints of roughly five minutes or longer between baskets, including one of nearly eight minutes that ended just before halftime.
It was Indiana's lowest output in a game since scoring 43 in a loss to Iowa in January 2010, with coach Archie Miller saying the Hoosiers' offense "got taken off its rails today" Indiana (2-1) trailed 31-19 at the break and got no closer than 10 again. The deficit ballooned past 20 points by midway through the second half on a frustrating afternoon, with Miller getting whistled for a technical foul with 10:38 left. Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 17 points to lead Indiana, which made 20 of 29 free throws in what amounted to its most reliable source of scoring, with little else falling.
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