Hoops: Gibson Goes Off On Baylor

Daniel Gibson had a career day and almost single-handedly gave Texas the win in the Longhorns' 66-47 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

F P.J. Tucker and C LaMarcus Aldridge, the team’s two scoring leaders heading into the contest, scored just two points a piece, but Gibson’s career-high 37 points filled the void and gave Texas its eighth straight win.

The guard simply could not miss from long range, nailing 9-of-12 from behind the arc to lift the No. 6 Horns (16-2, 4-0) to a 56.5 three point shooting percentage. His nine treys fell just one short of a school record.

"He could have made any shot he chose," said F Brad Buckman.

Gibson and G Kenton Paulino started the game with a three pointer apiece, and after Buckman sunk a long range shot and Gibson drained another, Texas climbed to a nine-point lead. Buckman finished with 10 points.

Gibson continued his tear by consecutively knocking down a jumper, two free throws and a lay up to give the Horns a 21-7 edge with seven minutes left in the half.

"Daniel Gibson's demeanor throughout the whole game was good," said coach Rick Barnes. "What he's done the last couple games is what he's capable of. Everyone's happy and proud of him."

Guard A.J. Abrams then came off the bench and put his name into the three point shooting hat by connecting on a trey before closing out the half with a jump shot. Abrams finished with seven points.

Texas began the second half with a 10-2 run after Aldridge and Gibson made field goals and Paulino and Gibson tossed in more three pointers.

Claiming a 21-point edge, the Horns dozed off for the next five minutes and allowed the Bears to fire off 15 straight points to bring the home team to within six.

At that point, Gibson put the team back on his shoulders and scored his team’s next 17 points, including five baskets from the perimeter to put Texas up by 18 points. With Tucker getting his only points of the game with a dunk in the final minute, the Horns closed things out with a 19-point victory.

"I was wide open, and I was knocking them down," said Gibson. "Sometimes you get in that zone where you feel like everything you shoot is going in. I was just happy to be in that zone."

Despite Tucker and Aldridge’s scoring absence, they both paced their team with seven rebounds.

Texas has now won 16 straight games over Baylor.

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