AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Three-point shooting and defense. It's been
a perfect combination for Texas (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) in the Big 12.
Brad Buckman scored 19 points, Daniel Gibson kept up his hot
shooting and the Longhorns stayed unbeaten in the conference with
an 80-46 victory over Oklahoma State on Monday night, their ninth
Gibson scored 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 for Texas
(17-2, 5-0) in a blowout that matched coach Eddie Sutton's worst
loss at Oklahoma State. Texas beat the Cowboys 92-58 in 1997 in the
first matchup between these schools in the Big 12.
Texas hit 12 3-pointers and held their ninth straight opponent
under 40 percent shooting. The winning streak has the Longhorns
sitting alone atop the Big 12. The Longhorns won their first five
league games by an average of 26 points.
"We're playing with a lot of emotion," Gibson said.
"Everybody's feeding off each other right now. We feel like we're
Gibson certainly is.
He hit nine 3-pointers against Baylor on Saturday and is
shooting better than 50 percent in Big 12 games. He hit three in
the first half against the Cowboys as Texas built the lead as high
as 19 points in the opening minutes.
"I think he tries to show off sometimes," teammate P.J. Tucker
said. "No, he's doing good. He's really got his shot going."
David Monds scored 11 points to lead Oklahoma State (12-7, 2-3),
which had no fast break points and committed 20 turnovers.
The Longhorns came in giving up an average of 54 points in Big
12 play, fewest in the league, and held the Cowboys to their lowest
total of the season.
"We told our guys, we would have had to play an almost perfect
game," Sutton said. "We thought rebounding, taking away the
3-point shots were probably the two most important things."
The Cowboys did neither very well. Texas shot 52 percent from
long range and outrebounded Oklahoma State 37-34.
"We did a horrible job defending the 3-point line," Sutton
said. "It seemed like they out-toughed us on a lot of rebounds."
Sutton tried to confuse the Longhorns with a mix of zone and man
defenses that stymied Texas under the basket but did little to
disrupt the perimeter shooting.
Gibson missed his first two 3-pointers but quickly settled into
a rhythm. The Longhorns scored just six points in the paint in the
first half but hit eight 3-pointers.
Kenton Paulino hit the first, then Gibson followed with two in a
row. Buckman followed with two more and Gibson's third made it
33-14 before the Cowboys closed the half with an 8-3 run to make it
The Longhorns needed the outside production. Tucker and
Aldridge, Texas' leading scorers this season, combined for just
four points against Baylor and totaled eight in the first half
against the Cowboys.
"The beauty of our team is that we've got so many guys who can
do it," Tucker said. "We can do something at every position. We
think we've got a mismatch somewhere coming into every game."
Aldridge found his form in the second half, hitting three of his
first four shots and converted two three-point plays. The second
gave Texas a 53-30 lead with 12 minutes to play.
By then the rout -- and the dunkfest -- was on.
Gibson hit his fifth 3-pointer and A.J. Abrams fed Tucker for a
nifty alley-oop dunk that stretched the lead to 65-38. Paulino had
nine assists and connected with Aldridge for another showtime jam
to put the exclamation point on the blowout.
The Longhorns are trying not to think about running the table in
the Big 12. Their next game is at another tough South Division
rival, Oklahoma (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP), on Saturday.
"It's definitely a possibility," Gibson said. "But our focus
is on our next game."