John Tyler attempted 12 more shots and grabbed six more rebounds than Longview.
But the Lions didn't convert those statistics into more points than the Lobos.
Longview shot 42 percent compared to 31 percent from John Tyler to pull away for a 61-46 victory in District 11-6A action on Friday at the Lions Den.
Jaiden Smith and Jason Bush scored 14 apiece to pace the Lobos (7-9, 1-2), who played like a team determined to get into the win column in league play.
"I told them coming in we didn't need to be 0-3," Longview coach Billy Goffney said. "This was a must win. We lost one at home so we had to go get one on the road."
The Lions (7-10, 1-2) trailed 24-21 at the break but shot 26 percent from the field in the second half.
As it turned out, the only thing colder than the temperatures outside was JT's shooting from outside. The Lions hit on 3 of 24 (13 percent) 3-pointers.
Mashaud Moore paced JT with 14 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals.
Ke'Andre Street came off the bench to supply the Lions with eight points, 11 rebounds, four steals and a block while Christerpher Lyles chipped in with eight more points.
Jaylin Brown and Kyle Shields each added 11 points for the Lobos, with Brown tallying eight rebounds and four assists. Longview finished 7 for 17 from long range and 18 for 27 from the charity stripe.
"You've got to make buckets," Goffney said. "It doesn't matter what defense or offense you run, you've got to put the ball through the hoop."
The first half featured four lead changes with neither side able to maintain a sizable lead.
Shields hit a pair of 3-pointers to give Longview an 11-4 advantage but a put-back by Moore a minute into the second quarter capped an 8-0 JT run to put the Lions back on top.
The Lobos finally put some distance between themselves and the Lions in the third quarter, with a drive by Brown pushing the lead to 42-30 with 20 seconds left in the period.
In the fourth quarter, JT shot 11 3-pointers in an attempt to rally, missing all but two. Meanwhile Longview got to the line 20 times in the final eight minutes, making 12 of the free throws.
The Lobos also held a 12-4 advantage in assists while turning the ball over four fewer times.
"My guards did a great job of taking care of the basketball and getting it to the spots where we needed it to be and then when they were open knocked down shots," Goffney said. "We just executed well on both ends."
Longview 61, John Tyler 46
Longview 11 13 18 19 - 61
John Tyler 10 11 11 14 - 46
LONGVIEW-Kaland Johnson, 6; Kobe Davis, 5; Jaylin Brown, 11; Cameron Starling, 0; Kyle Shields, 11; Brock Goffney, 0; Phillip Washington, 0; Brandon Palmer, 0; Jaiden Smith, 14; Jason Bush, 14; Austin Dotson, 0; Darrian Fitts, 0; Montavian Reed, 0. FG: 18-43. FT: 18-27.
JOHN TYLER-Bryson Smith, 4; Demontae Johnson, 0; Gerald Berry Jr., 6; Christerpher Lyles, 8; Kadavion Key, 0; Wesley Horn, 0; Keldrick Stinnette, 0; Brad Blaylock, 4; Darry Moore, 2; Mashaud Moore, 14; Ke'Andre Street, 8. FG: 17-55. FT: 9-14.
THREE POINT GOALS-LV (7-17): Davis, Shields (3), Smith, Bush (2). JT (3-24): Berry, Lyles (2). REBOUNDS-LV 30 (Brown 8); JT 36 (Street 11). STEALS-LV 10 (Palmer 3); JT 12 (Street 4). ASSISTS-LV 12 (Brown 4); JT 4 (Smith 3). BLOCKS-LV 3 (Smith 2); JT 2 (Blaylock, Street). TURNOVERS-LV 17; JT 21. FOULS-LV 17; JT 22.
JV SCORE-John Tyler 66, Longview 50.
RECORDS-Longview 7-9 (1-2); John Tyler 7-10 (1-2)
NEXT UP-Rockwall-Heath at Longview, 7 p.m. Tuesday; John Tyler at Mesquite Horn, 7 p.m. Tuesday.