Coppin State 50

(0-3, 0-3 away)

(18) Texas 86

(4-1, 2-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 29, 2004

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    COPP 29 2150
    #18TEX 42 4486

    Top Performers

    Coppin St: D. Proctor 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Texas: D. Gibson 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    At least 4 Longhorns have reached double figures in all 5 games

    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 long range.

    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 miss it."

    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 Penders.

    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 bomb away.

    "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 everybody."

    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 now."

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 50 86
    FG Made-Attempted 19-60 (.317) 28-59 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-21 (.190) 16-28 (.571)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-13 (.615) 14-25 (.560)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 39

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