AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas started the Big 12 schedule like it
did the regular season, hitting from 3-point range.
The Longhorns (No. 181 ESPN/USA Today; No. 15 AP) hit 11 shots from long range in a 79-60
victory over Baylor on Sunday.
"Coach was telling us to be ready to shoot," said Paulino, who
was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. "All our guards can shoot the 3.
They can't guard all of us."
Gibson finished with 18 points and Paulino had 17, while forward
LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns
"When Kenton starts knocking down shots like he did tonight, it
really opens things up for everybody, inside and outside," Gibson
Tim Bush scored 20 points to lead Baylor (7-4, 0-1).
Texas is 14-0 against Baylor under coach Rick Barnes and has won
the last four in the series by at least 18 points.
Baylor is still rebuilding from the NCAA violations and player
transfers left by former coach Dave Bliss. The Bears have just six
scholarship players and their starting point guard, Aaron Bruce,
fouled out midway through the second half.
Bruce came in as the Big 12's leading 3-point shooter at 55
percent, but he couldn't match the effort of Gibson and Paulino. He
had just one 3 before fouling out.
"I have one recommendation," Baylor coach Scott Drew said,
"If you're short on players, don't have your point guard foul out
with 9 or 10 minutes left."
While Texas could have been expected to use its deeper bench to
wear down the Bears, the Longhorns were also playing shorthanded
and the Bears managed to keep it close until midway through the
Texas senior reserve forward Jason Klotz, who averages 11.3
points, served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in last
week's win over Memphis, and guard Sydmill Harris missed his third
straight game with a groin injury.
While Texas hit eight 3-pointers in building a 45-37 halftime
lead, Baylor did everything it could to keep up, hitting four.
Bush, a transfer from LSU, had 12 points, including Baylor's last
seven of the half.
Texas' perimeter shooting over Baylor's zone defense cooled off
early in the second half, but the Longhorns started getting more
points inside and in transition.
Klotz's absence opened up more playing time for Aldridge, a
freshman who got his first double-double. He had five straight
points when he converted a three-point play on a dunk after a steal
and followed it with a layup that opened a 63-49 lead with 11:35 to
"I think I did my job trying to post deep, get in rebound
position and work hard," Aldridge said. "One thing I need to work
on is my right hand follow up dunk. I made my left one."
Texas dominated the rebounding 38-17 and scored 23 second-chance
"They were missing Klotz today, right? It didn't seem like
it," Bush said. "I remember telling my teammates at halftime,
`Man, if I box one out, I've got another one on my back."
Texas committed 10 of its 18 turnovers in the second half and
Baylor cut the lead back to nine before Paulino found his 3-point
range again, hitting two in a row to put Texas up 73-58.
"When we shoot 54 percent for the game and 44 percent on
3-pointers, I feel pretty good about those numbers," Barnes said.