AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Daniel Gibson wasn't even looking for the
3-point line. He didn't have to. If he was deep and put it up, the
odds were very good the shot was going in.
Gibson scored 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers, as Texas (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) unleashed a long-range barrage on Coppin State to coast to an
86-50 victory on Monday night.
The Longhorns hit 16 3-pointers, two shy of the school record.
"I don't even know where my feet are sometimes," said Gibson,
a freshman. "I just let it go."
It seemed like all the Longhorns were doing that Monday night.
Texas (4-1) has hit at least 10 3-pointers in all its games this
season and nearly reached that mark in the first half, getting nine
against the Eagles (0-3).
The Longhorns are shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc this
season and went 9-of-14 (64 percent) before halftime.
Kenny Taylor hit four 3-pointers in the half and Gibson added
three. The Longhorns hit their first five attempts against the
Eagles' zone defense and eight of their first 12 baskets came from
Gibson, Taylor and Sydmill Harris each hit 3-pointers in a 12-3
run that gave Texas a 35-18 lead. Taylor even banked one in from
about 25 feet.
"When you make a shot like that, you know the night's going to
go pretty well for you," Taylor said.
"We practice shooting NBA 3s," Texas coach Rick Barnes said of
the line almost 4 feet farther back than the college line. "The
worst shot is standing on the line with your toe or your heel. I do
think they're confident. When they're open, they're going to make
it. When they get their feet set, you're pretty surprised if they
Only a brief dry spell in the opening minutes of the second half
kept Texas from breaking the school record for 3-pointers in a
game, set in 1997 in the wild-shooting offenses of former coach Tom
It didn't last long.
After Harris had a steal and dunk, his first slam in his
four-year career, Gibson and Kenton Paulino combined to hit three
more 3-pointers to open a 58-34 lead.
The Longhorns have been scoring in bunches all season and Monday
night was more of the same. At least four Longhorns have reached
double figures in all five games. Against the Eagles, it was
Gibson, Taylor (14), Paulino (13) and Jason Klotz (11).
Klotz, a 6-foot-9 center, hit the double-figure mark when he
stepped out to hit a long 3-pointer of his own.
"When their 4 and 5 guys can go out and shoot 3-pointers to the
level they shoot it, it's awful tough," Coppin State coach Ron
"Fang" Mitchell said.
Even so, Coppin never abandoned its zone and Texas continued to
"Our zone is our bread and butter and I'm for going with the
known, not the unknown," Mitchell said. "We knew anybody they put
in was going to be able to score against us so we just guarded
Neither Taylor, who was considered the team's long-range
marksman last season after he transferred from Baylor, nor Gibson
made a basket inside the line.
Asked who was the better shooter, Taylor said "it's even right
Still, Barnes wanted more, noting that the 16 3-pointers was
more than half the Longhorns' 28 total baskets. Texas scored just
22 points in the paint.
"We made some shots, (but) I think our post guys did not do
enough," he said.
Darryl Proctor scored 11 points to lead Coppin State.
The game was only the second meeting between the schools. The
last was in 1997, when Coppin State gave the Longhorns a huge scare
in the second round of the 1997 NCAA tournament before Texas pulled
out an 82-81 win.