Tucker shook off foul trouble that limited him to 5 minutes in
the first half Friday night to lead the Longhorns to a 99-79
victory over Texas-Arlington. He made up for lost time with 6-of-7
shooting from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line for 22 points.
"You look at his line, not a bad night," coach Rick Barnes
Barnes is getting used to getting great production from the
freshman forward who is quickly emerging as a star for the
Tucker is Texas' leading scorer and nearly matched his career
high of 27 points scored last Monday night in a win over George Washington. He's the first Texas freshman to post consecutive
20-point games since Chris Mihm in January 1998.
"What he gives us more than anything is his movement on
offense. If we can get guys imitating what he does, we'll be a
better team," Barnes said.
"They just find a way to give me the ball," Tucker said.
"It's up to me to finish the plays."
Kenny Taylor added 19 points for the Longhorns (7-2), hitting
five 3-pointers as Texas ran its home winning streak to 22 games.
Derrick Obasohan scored 25 points to lead Texas-Arlington (4-6).
He scored the Mavericks' first 14 points of the second half.
Texas used its sixth different starting lineup as Barnes
searches for continuity at point guard.
This time, it was senior shooting guard Brandon Mouton sitting
out with a sore knee and ankle and Kenton Paulino starting at point
guard after missing Texas' first eight games with a tender left
Texas didn't miss a beat behind the changes. The Longhorns shot
61 percent in the first half and they led 48-34 at halftime as
Taylor hit four 3-pointers.
Paulino finished with seven points and two assists in 22
minutes. Royal Ivey moved from the point to his old shooting guard
position and went 4-of-4 from the field with six assists.
Texas dominated the rebounding 48-21 as Brad Buckman and Brian
Boddicker each grabbed 10.
"We're just no match for those guys on the boards,"
Texas-Arlington coach Eddie McCarter said. "They're so much
bigger, stronger and more physical than we are."
Texas led 56-36 before the Mavericks closed the gap to 68-57
with 9:15 to play. Brad Buckman and Tucker converted three-point
plays before Paulino hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 83-65.
Winning at home hasn't been a problem this season as the
Longhorns have feasted on a steady diet of overmatched opponents at
the Frank Erwin Center.
The road has been a completely different story with losses to
Arizona and Duke in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The
Longhorns make their first trip to an opponent's home court Monday
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