Baylor 57

(5-9, 0-1 Big 12)

(18) Texas 79

(9-2, 1-0 Big 12)

    8:30 PM ET, January 10, 2004

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    BAY 28 2957
    #18TEX 42 3779

    Buckman tallies 16 points, 10 boards, 5 blocks

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Brad Buckman had been waiting for his breakout game.

    An emerging star for Texas (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) in last year's run to the Final Four, Buckman was getting frustrated by a lack of production this season as freshman P.J. Tucker became the Longhorns' top scorer.

    "I don't think anybody expected him to come out and do what he's done," Buckman said.

    A motivated Buckman had his best effort of the season Saturday night with a career-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a 79-57 win over Baylor.

    "I've learned from the kid. I love what he does," the sophomore forward said. "I'm kind of tired of him doing everything. I need to come in and do those things, too."

    It was a welcome sight for coach Rick Barnes as Texas (9-2, 1-0 Big 12) heads into its conference schedule. The Longhorns have one final non-conference game Tuesday night at home against Wake Forest. Texas has won 23 in a row at the Frank Erwin Center.

    "This team right now needs him to have a presence inside," Barnes said.

    Tucker, the Longhorns' leading scorer and rebounder this season, added 13 points for the Longhorns but finished with just one rebound. He played just 20 minutes after logging a season-high 38 in a win over Providence.

    After weeks of praise, Barnes sent a stern message to his star freshman.

    "If P.J. wants to play the minutes he's been playing, he's got to rebound the ball," Barnes said.

    Harvey Thomas scored 19 points for Baylor (5-9, 0-1), which outrebounded Texas 33-32.

    Playing with just five scholarship players, Baylor kept it close in the first half by using a zone defense that kept Texas from getting the ball to its post players. The Bears also were patient on offense against the Longhorns' half-court trap.

    Tucker didn't take a shot until there was just 1:24 left in the half and his driving layup gave Texas a 36-26 lead.

    Royal Ivey made it a 42-28 Texas lead at halftime with two free throws and a layup off a steal on the inbounds pass with four seconds left.

    In the second, Tucker scored six points and Buckman had four -- including a fast-break dunk -- as Texas used a 12-2 run that opened a 54-30 lead with 12:22 left. The Bears never again got the lead under 15.

    Already depleted by defections from the program after last summer's scandals involving the murder of player Patrick Dennehy, NCAA violations and coach Dave Bliss's resignation, the Bears lost two more key players earlier this month when senior co-captains R.T. Guinn and Terrance Thomas were ruled academically ineligible.

    "Everyone has us down," Thomas said. "But once we believe in ourselves, anything can happen. To win a game in the Big 12 with the team we have, we're going to have to basically play the perfect game. If we keep playing hard, I think we can sneak off one or two."

    Texas guard Kenny Taylor is one of the players who transferred from Baylor. He finished with five points.

    "I know each night they're going to come out and compete," Taylor said. "It didn't really hit me until I walked out and saw Baylor on the other side of the court."

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