By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) — Marcus Carr had 17 points and five assists as seventh-ranked Texas, playing again without suspended coach Chris Beard, beat Stanford 72-62 on Sunday.
Carr sparked an eight-point frenzy in a 48-second span early in the second half that put the Longhorns ahead to stay, and he later ended their long shooting drought at the home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Timmy Allen and Si’Jabari Rice each had 15 points for the Longhorns (9-1).
Michael Jones had 17 points for Stanford (4-7).
It was the second game the Longhorns played without Beard, who was arrested and spent nearly 11 hours in jail Monday on a felony domestic violence charge. The woman who called police to his home said he choked, bit and hit her during an argument. Beard’s attorney has said the coach is innocent.
Texas officials suspended Beard indefinitely without pay, elevated assistant Rodney Terry to acting head coach and have declined to comment on Beard’s case since. The only mention of Beard in the team’s game notes for the Stanford game was on the third page, a copy of the university’s one-paragraph statement from Monday announcing the suspension.
The Longhorns started slow against Stanford, just like they did Monday night when they trailed at halftime and needed overtime to beat Rice 87-81. They didn’t need as long to get on track this time, though they still had some late struggles.
Carr made a second-chance, tiebreaking 3-pointer after Allen had a layup blocked to put Texas up 34-31 right after halftime. He then had a defensive rebound that led to a 3 by Tyrese Hunter before his steal and pass ahead to Dylan Disu for a one-handed slam.
The Longhorns had as much as a 58-42 lead after Hunter’s 3 with 11 1/2 minutes left before missing 11 shots in a row. Stanford went on a 13-1 run and was within 59-55, but it never got closer after Carr made the drought-ending jumper with 6:08 left.
Terry is in his second stint as a Longhorns assistant. He also has previous head coaching experience at Fresno State and UTEP. Beard is two seasons into a guaranteed seven-year contract that pays him more than $5 million per year.
Stanford: The Cardinal have struggled despite have so much experience — they returned eight of their top nine rotation players from last season. They are 0-2 in Pac-12 play and 1-5 overall against teams from major conferences after losing to Texas for the second year in a row in the Pac-12 Coast To Coast Challenge. The Longhorns won 60-53 last December in Las Vegas.
Texas: The Longhorns have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP poll this season, but they are trying now to get their feet back under them after a difficult week.
Stanford plays another neutral-site game, Thursday against Loyola Chicago in Santa Cruz, California.
Texas is home against Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night.
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