(8) Texas 78

(13-2, 2-0 Big 12)

Iowa State 58

(11-4, 1-1 Big 12)

9:00 PM ET, January 9, 2006

Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

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#8TEX 34 4478
ISU 29 2958

Top Performers

Texas: K. Paulino 20 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Iowa State: R. Clark 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

Longhorns win 5th straight; Paulino has career-high 20

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- With Daniel Gibson dominating on both ends of the floor, Texas once again looks like a national title contender.

Kenton Paulino scored a career-high 20 points and Gibson scored 19 while helping hold Iowa State's Curtis Stinson to a season-low seven points as Texas (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) blew out Iowa State 78-58 Monday night to extend its winning streak to five games.

Texas (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) has won each game during this stretch by double digits -- including a 69-58 victory at No. 5 Memphis -- and has moved back into the Top 10 for the first time since early December.

Gibson, who scored 18 in the win over Memphis, scored 17 points in the second half as Texas blew open a 34-32 game. His play on both ends of the floor prompted Longhorns coach Rick Barnes to declare that Gibson played his best game of the year.

"If you knew how hard he worked, you just knew it was just a matter of time before he had a game like he had tonight," Barnes said.

Gibson's scoring numbers are down slightly from last season, when he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. But Texas coach Rick Barnes said the Longhorns have asked Gibson to play a much larger role on defense this season, often putting him on the opponent's best perimeter player.

Gibson took it upon himself to shut down Stinson, a preseason first team All-Big 12 pick who has scored at will in almost every game he's played this season.

"I don't think I've put together an offensive and a defensive game like I did tonight," Gibson said. "Whenever there's a challenge put in front of me, I'm ready and willing to step up and guard anybody."

The Longhorns broke the game open with a 14-4 run early in the second half. Paulino hit a 3-pointer to put Texas up by nine, and LaMarcus Aldridge converted a 3-point play to give the Longhorns a 48-36 lead with 15:00 left. Paulino finished with six 3 pointers.

"We made too many mistakes tonight not getting out to their shooters. Texas was able to capitalize," said Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan. "We had to pick our poison on whether to stop the inside game or give up their shots outside."

Iowa State (11-4, 1-1) briefly got within 49-40, but Gibson made consecutive 3-pointers to push the Longhorns' lead to 68-49 with 5:50 left.

Texas kept the Cyclones at bay in the second half by pounding them on the boards, outrebounding Iowa State 23-8.

Paulino took advantage of constant open looks and broke his career high for points for the second straight game. He made five 3-pointers in the first half, and keyed a 17-6 run that put the Longhorns ahead to stay late in the first half.

Paulino tied the game at 20 with a 3-pointer, then capped the spurt with back-to-back threes late in the first half to give Texas a 34-26 lead.

"He's like a silent assassin. People really don't think about (Paulino) as being one of scorers, but he steps up and does what he does. He knocks down shots," said P.J. Tucker.

Rahshon Clark led the Cyclones with 18 points. Will Blalock added 17 and brought the crowd to its feet midway through the first half by wrapping the ball behind his back with his left hand, bouncing it in front of his body and banking it in a layup.

Texas is now 2-5 all-time at Hilton Coliseum.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 78 58
FG Made-Attempted 26-53 (.491) 22-57 (.386)
3P Made-Attempted 11-21 (.524) 9-24 (.375)
FT Made-Attempted 15-23 (.652) 5-6 (.833)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 21 5

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