EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Texas' good start this season was a
result of great long-range shooting.
When the 3s weren't falling as they had been, the Longhorns (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP) went inside for a road win.
"I think they did a good job of making us try to score off the
dribble and not take open 3," said Gibson, who had five assists.
"They did a good job of playing `D.' I think we responded well
going to the paint and feeding guys off the middle."
The Longhorns (5-1) had made at least 10 3-pointers in every
game and were hitting 50.4 percent from beyond the arc coming in.
They were just 6-for-17 on 3s against Seton Hall (2-2), but two of
them came when Texas pulled away with a 7-0 run in the second half.
"It's great having big guys like that in the paint, that when
you are closing the game out you can just give them the ball and
pretty much get out of the way, and they are going to make
something happen," Gibson said. "It's a learning experience for
me when the game came down to the end. Now I know if we put the
ball in Buck and Jason's hands we'll be all right."
Senior swingman Andre Sweet had a career-high 26 points for the
Pirates, who opened the second half with a 12-2 run to get within
40-39 with 13:40 to play.
That was the first of seven times Seton Hall got within one
point, but the Pirates were never able to tie or take the lead.
The last time they were within one was 53-52 on a jumper by J.R.
Morris with 7:53 left.
Kenny Taylor and Sydmill Harris each hit a 3 around a free throw
by LaMarcus Aldridge as Texas took a 60-52 lead. Seton Hall did not
get closer than six points the rest of the way as the Pirates had
just two field goals over the final 7½ minutes.
"They did just enough to keep us from getting over the hump.
This was a tough one," Seton Hall coach Louis Orr said. "This was
one of those games where you look and see what you did on defense,
keeping a team averaging 88 points to 70, keeping a team shooting
50 percent on 3s to 35. Those are the things you have to do to win
and we did a pretty good job."
Gibson and Harris each had two 3s for Texas, which entered the
game 60-for-119 from beyond the arc.
"What I like best of all is their attitude, not once did I
think they flinched. I didn't think they showed panic," Texas
coach Rick Barnes said of his team. "They just knew that we had to
try to put it on our defense and see what would happen."
Seton Hall, which entered the game shooting 47.8 percent from
3-point range, went just 3-for-23 against Texas.
"We had some good looks, we just didn't make them," Orr said.
"It's a thin line."
Hours before the game Texas declared freshman forward Mike
Williams eligible. The 6-foot-7 high school All-America from
Camden, Ala., missed the first five games while the school sorted
out questions regarding his amateur status. A school panel decided
met Thursday and he was declared eligible on Saturday morning. He
was never ruled ineligible by the NCAA.
Williams played 13 minutes and had two points and six rebounds.
"I thought Mike responded well being here for the first time,"
Barnes said. "Mike through this whole process has not withdrawn
from his team and his teammates. The most excited the guys were
after the game was for Mike."