The Longhorns (5-2) fell behind by as many as 11 points shortly before halftime, but scored five quick points just before intermission to trail 34-28. Those buckets jump-started a 21-6 Longhorn run that gave Texas a lead the Longhorns never relinquished.
Even when UCLA (2-5) closed to within three at 56-53, Myck Kabongo found Clint Chapman and Jaylen Bond for back-to-back layups, then Brown hit a three-pointer to give Texas a 10-point edge. And Texas actually pushed the lead up to 13 points before Travis Wear hit a three-pointer just before game's end.
Brown bounced back from recent shooting woes, hitting 9-of-15 shots, including 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line. And Kabongo continued his strong run of play, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Perhaps even better, the out-sized Longhorns maintained a presence on the boards, out-rebounding UCLA 34-30, and grabbing 12 offensive boards to UCLA's 13 defensive rebounds.
The Texas interior defense also had a nice night. UCLA post players David Wear, Travis Wear and Joshua Smith scored a combined 27 points, but took 29 shots to do it, hitting just 10 of them. Lazeric Jones was the best Bruin, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers and scoring 21 points.
UCLA had all the momentum early, but seemed to lose it when the lights went out at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for a 13-minute stretch late in the first half.
The UCLA game marked the Longhorns' first true road contest of the season, and the Longhorns won't go on the road again until Dec. 21 at North Carolina. Texas is next in action on Tuesday against UT Arlington. Game time is set for 7 p.m.