Baylor 63

(2-9, 2-9 Big 12)

(6) Texas 90

(22-3, 10-1 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, February 14, 2006

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

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    BAY 21 4263
    #6TEX 45 4590

    Top Performers

    Baylor: A. Bruce 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast

    Texas: L. Aldridge 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Aldridge nets 23 to lead No. 6 Texas past Baylor 

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Inside and out, No. 6 Texas had everything working against Baylor on Tuesday night.

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Texas coasted past Baylor 90-63, continuing what has been an easy run through most of the Big 12 schedule.

    P.J. Tucker scored 21 points and Brad Buckman had 12 points and 11 boards for the Longhorns (22-3, 10-1 Big 12), who are off to their best start in conference play.

    The Longhorns have hardly been challenged at home in the Big 12 this season, winning six league games by an average of 25 points. Texas has a one-game lead over Kansas, with the Jayhawks coming to Austin on Feb. 25.

    "We know it's near the end of the Big 12 and these are the games that really count for us," Tucker said. "These are the games you've got to go out and have the killer mentality."

    Aaron Bruce scored 15 to lead Baylor (2-9, 2-9), which has lost 17 in a row against Texas.

    The last time Texas and Baylor met, Daniel Gibson dominated Baylor with a career-high 37 points in a 66-47 win, picking up the Longhorns with nine 3-pointers against a zone defense packed in under the basket.

    He didn't need to do it again.

    Tucker, Buckman and Aldridge scored almost at will as Texas built a 24-point lead by halftime. Tucker had 12 points by halftime after being held to just two points -- on his last shot in the final seconds -- in the first meeting.

    "Last game, Daniel Gibson hit us for some 30-something points," said Baylor guard Curtis Jerrells. "The rest of them guys, they had something to prove."

    Bears coach Scott Drew said he tried to extend his defense to keep Gibson in check.

    "That didn't work," Drew said. "When you play a great team, they can do two things: score inside and score outside. It's tough for us to stop both."

    The Longhorns still hit from outside when they wanted. Gibson made his only 3-pointer of the half with the first shot of the game.

    Kenton Paulino hit two more and Buckman chipped in another as Texas raced to a 20-3 lead. The Longhorns tried only five 3-pointers in the half, hitting every one.

    Tucker opened up the lane by drawing a third foul from Baylor's 7-foot freshman center Mamadou Diene, sending him to the bench. Buckman hit another 3-pointer and his dunk with 3:45 left in the half made it 35-17.

    "We were attacking down low straight off the bat," Tucker said.

    The Longhorns shot 53 percent in the first half and Buckman closed it with Texas' last two baskets, the second on a nifty pass underneath from A.J. Abrams in the final second.

    "Every chance we could go inside, that's what we wanted to do," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "We've always believed in playing inside-out."

    Texas might have run into a problem when Buckman picked up his second and third fouls 30 seconds apart early in the second half and went to the bench.

    But Aldridge quickly solved that by hitting a long turnaround jumper over Diene and Gibson hit another 3-pointer from the right corner. Diene, instrumental in containing Texas' big men in the previous meeting, fouled out with 13:30 to play.

    Aldridge's soft alley-oop on a feed from Paulino made it 62-35 and Texas cruised the rest of the way.

    Aldridge recorded his third straight double-double and Big 12-leading 13th of the season.

    "We didn't settle for being pushed off the lane," he said. "You have to be ducking in and getting good screens. That's what we did tonight."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 90
    FG Made-Attempted 22-57 (.386) 30-59 (.508)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-23 (.391) 8-14 (.571)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-14 (.714) 22-31 (.710)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 33

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