Ridley registers his best performance of the year in front of hometown fans
Dec. 10, 2012
Dalton Pool, Texas Media Relations -
Ridley, the 6-foot-9 freshman center from Houston had 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in 32 minutes of play. His 14 points were a career high, and his 32 minutes of playing time were well above his season average of 21.2 minutes per contest entering the game. The double-double was the first of his collegiate career.
With Ridley and fellow freshman forward Connor Lammert stabilizing the paint, the Longhorns controlled the tempo against the Bruins for most of the contest. The Bruins put together a late charge to come from behind and pull out the win, 65-63.
"Cam (Ridley) and Connor (Lammert) were great," said head coach Rick Barnes after the game. "They both came to play."
The majority of Ridley's points came off of dunks and layups. The Longhorns moved the ball very well throughout the first 37 minutes of the game, and their interior passing was the best it has been all season. Ridley was a common benefactor and parlayed those passes into strong finishes. He was 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Ridley was also solid on the defensive end. He received credit for two blocks, altered several other shots and clogged the lane much of the afternoon for Texas. Seven of his 10 rebounds came on the defensive glass.
A handful of Ridley's family members were able to make the short drive to Reliant Stadium in their hometown to see him play.
"It was a big game for me," Ridley said. "It was a great opportunity for my family. I was excited to see them. I wanted to play well and help my team out the best I could. I've been focusing more on the offensive end and getting rebounds."
Ridley will look to build upon this performance, when he and the Longhorns return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 15 against Texas State. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Central at the Erwin Center, and the contest will be televised by Longhorn Network.