AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Daniel Gibson has gone through a bit of a
sophomore slump after becoming the first freshman to lead Texas in
He put it aside Saturday night, scoring a career-high 29 points
to lead the No. 2 Longhorns to a 93-55 rout of Texas-Arlington and
a 7-0 record, their best start since they won the first 14 games in
Gibson, who was averaging 10.5 points after scoring 14.2 per
game last season, made 12 of 19 field goals, including four of 10
from 3-point range. He had six assists and one turnover.
"I thought he was terrific," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "I
can talk about how good he was on the offensive end, but he was
even better on the defensive end."
Gibson topped his previous career high of 27 points against
Oklahoma State last season and improved his average to 13.1, fourth
on the team.
"I think I owe a lot to Coach Barnes," Gibson said. "I've
stuck around and watched a lot of film with him. He was pushing me
on the offensive end."
P.J. Tucker added 20 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 and Brad
Buckman 13 for the Longhorns, who were 33-of-58 (56.9 percent) from
the field for their best shooting night of the season. They were
17-of-28 (60.7 percent) in the second half.
"We're a better team because our individual players are
better," Barnes said. "They're better, so we should be better."
Brady Dawkins scored 12 points for Texas-Arlington (4-4), which
entered the game with a three-game winning streak.
"We were playing against a great basketball team,"
Texas-Arlington coach Eddie McCarter said. "I hope there aren't
any teams like that in the Southland Conference, or I won't be
around very long."
Brad Buckman had nine rebounds and four blocks after missing two
games with a hip injury. He is fifth on Texas' career list with 123
"When you have so many offensive threats, scoring isn't that
big of a deal," Buckman said. "I wanted to work on my defense."
The victory was the Longhorns' 13th straight against the
Southland Conference, and their 33rd straight nonconference home
While both teams played aggressive defense, the Longhorns made
more of their resulting opportunities, outscoring Texas-Arlington
26-9 off turnovers. The Longhorns also outrebounded Texas-Arlington
44-29, the fifth time in seven games they've outrebounded their
opponent by double digits.
After struggling to build a margin for most of the first half,
the Longhorns maintained a double-digit lead for the first 9
minutes of the second half, then Gibson's two 3-pointers triggered
a 10-0 surge for a 69-43 lead with 10:15 remaining.
Texas bounced out to a 9-0 lead with Tucker scoring the first
five points, but Texas-Arlington cut it to 15-12 with 11:06 left in
the first half after two lay-ups by forward Larry Posey and a
3-pointer from Brandon Long.
The Longhorns scored the next seven points on Buckman's
3-pointer and two baskets by Aldridge, but Texas-Arlington later
had a 9-2 run to move to 29-25 with 4:09 left in the half. Texas
then pulled away to a 40-26 halftime lead.