TX-Arlington 55

(4-4, 1-2 away)

(2) Texas 93

(7-0, 7-0 home)

    6:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    UTA 26 2955
    #2TEX 40 5393

    Top Performers

    UT-Arlington: B. Dawkins 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Texas: D. Gibson 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Gibson scores 29, leads No. 2 Texas to blowout win

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Daniel Gibson has gone through a bit of a sophomore slump after becoming the first freshman to lead Texas in scoring.

    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 1981-82.

    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 blocks.

    "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 victory.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 93
    FG Made-Attempted 21-58 (.362) 33-58 (.569)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 20-30 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 40

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