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Mouton gets on roll at right time for Texas

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- With Nebraska's defense effectively sagging
on Texas' big men late in the first half Saturday, Longhorns coach
Rick Barnes called on guard Brandon Mouton to go over the top.

Mouton responded by scoring 14 of his 24 points in a row as the
No. 6 Longhorns overcame a three-point deficit and went on to a
75-63 victory.

"We were struggling a little bit, so Coach told me to run the
baseline and try to find open gaps, and I was fortunate enough to
find just enough of them to get shots off,'' Mouton said.

Royal Ivey added 12 points and James Thomas had 10 points and 12
rebounds for Texas (17-4, 8-2 Big 12). The Longhorns held a 41-30
advantage on the boards.

Brennon Clemmons had 17 points and Corey Simms 12 to lead
Nebraska (9-14, 1-9), which lost its seventh straight game.

Mouton went on his tear after the Longhorns had gone without a
field goal on 13 of 14 possessions over a seven-minute stretch.
Nebraska went from a 17-10 deficit to a 24-21 lead.

"We went dead, but Brandon took over for us,'' Texas guard T.J.
Ford said. "He came out feeling good and he sparked us after we
bogged down a little bit.''

After the Huskers had taken their three-point lead, Mouton hit
two short jump shots and then a 3-pointer to put the Longhorns up
28-26.

Nebraska's Clemmons tied it at 28 with two free throws, then
Mouton hit a jumper, a 3 and a layup off a steal to give the
Longhorns a 35-28 advantage. Mouton scored 19 in the first half.

"Brandon was feeling good about what he was doing,'' Texas
coach Rick Barnes said, "and he carried us in the first half.''

Texas scored the first seven points of the game before John
Turek made two free throws for the Huskers. The Longhorns were
ahead 17-10 after Jason Klotz's inside bucket.

Then the Huskers went on a 14-4 run, with Clemmons scoring six
points during the surge.

"We came out early and made some 3s, but Nebraska is probably
as hard as any team in the league to get the ball close to the
basket,'' Barnes said. "They are going to make you shoot jump
shots. You can try to do a lot of things, but when you've got five
guys playing within 10 feet of the basket, there's no way to get
the ball in there.''

Mouton's streak of baskets sent the Longhorns into halftime with
a 35-30 lead.

"Mouton's first half was a great exhibition of scoring and
really getting them in a position to hang tough on the road,''
Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. "He didn't get nearly as much
done in the second half, but he kept them in there in that period
of the game.''

After Simms' layin pulled the Huskers to 38-34 early in the
second half, Mouton hit a 3 to start a 12-5 run that gave Texas a
50-39 advantage.

The Longhorns led by as many as 16 points in the second half.

Mouton made 10 of 16 shots from the field, including 4-of-8
3-pointers, in posting his third 20-plus-point game of the season.

"I got a few open looks, made a few, and from there it was just
momentum,'' Mouton said. "When I get open looks, I can knock them
down.''

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