Hoops: No. 8 Horns Throttle Wofford; Arizona Next

Senior G <B>Brandon Mouton </B>(9-of-16 FG for 20 points) led six Longhorns in double-figures as Texas easily dismissed Wofford, 103-72, at the Erwin Center Thursday. A full court Longhorn press forced 28 turnovers resulting in 32 points as No. 8/9 Texas raised its mark to 4-0 on the young season.

Junior G (and Baylor transfer) Kenny Taylor turned in his most solid outing in a Burnt Orange uniform, contributing 13 points (3-of-8 FG, 4-4 FT) while senior C James Thomas became Texas’ third all-time leading rebounder with his eight boards. Thomas now has 924 career rebounds, trailing only Chris Mihm and leader LaSalle Thompson.

Texas’ average margin of victory this season is 38.7, but now the road now gets considerably tougher. The Horns head to Madison Square Garden to face nationally-ranked Arizona, 8 p.m., (CST) next Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic (ESPN telecast).

Senior G Royal Ivey, from the New York City Burrough of Queens, is stoked about a pair of December games at the Garden. Texas returns Dec. 20 for an ESPN-televised contest against No. 2 Duke.

"It’s great that we get to go back to New York twice," said Ivey, who finished with 11 points (3-of-4 FG, 5-of-6 FT). "I’m looking forward to that. I don’t get to go home that much. We’re back in the Garden and that’s a great place to play. That’s the Mecca of basketball right there."

The Horns shot 51.5 percent from the field (34-of-44) and had their best night of the season from the charity stripe (28-of-37, 75.7 percent). Defensively, Texas continues to hold opponents to no more than 41 percent shooting, limiting the Terriers to 26-of 64 (40.6 percent) on the night.

Junior C Jason Klotzbucket completed a 9-0 run, giving Texas an 18-8 margin with little more than 12 minutes remaining until intermission. Wofford hung tough on the boards to keep it a single digit game before F Brian Boddicker’s trey put the Horns up, 29-17. The senior contributed 10 points (4-of-8 FG, 1-2 FT) off the bench.

Terrier turnovers began to mount against the Longhorn full court press as junior G Edgar Moreno converted steals into three straight layups. Mouton’s steal and slam dunk completed a 10-0 run, spotting Texas a 41-20 lead with 4:20 left until halftime. Wofford managed an 8-3 run before a Klotz free throw and Mouton’s trey gave Texas a 47-28 margin with 58 seconds remaining. Texas took a 49-32 lead into the locker room.

G Sydmill Harris’ shot from beyond the arch gave Texas a 68-42 second half advantage while consecutive treys from Taylor pushed the lead to 74-45 with 11:35 remaining. A pair of C Brad Buckman free throws kept Texas comfortably in front, 81-52, with 8:23 on the game clock while another Harris three-pointer made it, 89-58, two minutes later.

With Texas leading 92-63, Boddicker tallied seven of Texas’ final 11points to complete the scoring at 103-72.

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