Hoops: Horns Remain Undefeated; Duke Next

Two Longhorn players notched double-doubles as No. 2 Texas (8-0) cruised past Rice and to its best start since the 1981-82 season with a 85-58 victory in Houston's Toyota Center Monday night.

Forward Brad Buckman finished with a season-high 17 points and 11 rebounds in his second game back from a hip pointer injury, and has now recorded 13 career double-doubles.

C LaMarcus Aldridge matched Buckman with 17 points and added 10 boards and has posted seven double-doubles in eight games thus far this season. Aldridge finished the first half just one rebound short of the double-double.

Daniel Gibson looked sharp in front of a hometown audience and finished with 15 points and three assists, while shooting 6-of-12 from the field and adding 3-of-5 from behind the arc despite a rough start that included missing his first three shots of the game. Gibson has totaled 44 points in the past two games after scoring 29 on Saturday.

The Horns dominated in the first half, starting things off on a 7-0 run with Aldridge scoring quickly on a layup and jumpshot followed by a G Kenton Paulino layup and free throw to cap off the fast start.

After the Owls answered back with four points and Texas committed three turnovers, the Horns woke up and fired off 14 straight points for a commanding 23-4 lead just nine minutes into the game. During the run, Gibson nailed a pair of three pointers and G J.D. Lewis got his first basket of the night after driving to the lane and rolling in a layup.

The two teams exchanged buckets for the next five minutes until a F P.J. Tucker field goal opened things back up for the Horns, and Texas went on an 8-0 to bring the score to 40-16 with five minutes left in the half.

Tucker scored nine points in the game and tallied eight boards.

Paulino and Buckman both scored on a layup to close out the half, and Texas entered the break with a 46-26 edge, the largest halftime lead of the season.

The Horns tallied the first six points of the second half after a pair of Paulino free throws put the first scores on the board. Paulino finished the contest with a season-best 11 points.

Following an Owl three pointer, Buckman responded with two free throws and a three pointer of his own to give Texas a 57-29 lead with fifteen minutes remaining.

Rice chipped away at the lead for the next couple of minutes before G A.J. Abrams nailed a trey, and the Texas lead hit 31 points. The Texas bench started putting points on the board late in the game, with G Craig Winder, F Mike Williams and Abrams tacking on layups to help the Horns sustain their comfortable lead. The Owls closed out the game with three points, but still shot just 35.0 percent (21-of-60) on the night.

Meanwhile, Texas shot 47.3 percent (35-of-74) from the field and has averaged a 32-point victory margin in its last four wins.

Next up for the second-ranked Horns is No. 1 Duke Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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