LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Texas freshman point guard Daniel Gibson
figured it was time for him to take over.
The Longhorns (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP) were in a close game with Nebraska
just three days after being upset by Texas A&M.
Gibson, who missed both of his shots in the first half, scored
all 12 of his points over the final 14:32 and Texas beat the
Cornhuskers 63-53 win on Saturday.
Gibson's work helped offset Texas' second straight dismal
shooting performance as the Longhorns hit just 40.8 percent from
the field. That followed a season-low 32.3 percent in Wednesday's
74-63 loss at Texas A&M.
"In conference, we didn't want to go down 1-2," Gibson said.
"I just knew it was time to go. I had an opportunity to take the
ball to the basket, and I took advantage of it. That's what Coach
"If you're going to be a great team, at the end of the game you
have to have faith in your point guard. The point guard has to be
able to take control of the game. I think I'm getting better at
The win came at a price for the Longhorns (13-3, 2-1 Big 12),
who play host to No. 6 Oklahoma State on Monday.
Freshman forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 10 points and eight
rebounds, left with 6:57 to go after injuring his left leg. He
watched the rest of the game from the bench with an icepack just
above his knee. Texas coach Rick Barnes said he didn't know the
nature of the injury.
Joe McCray was 5-of-12 from 3-point range and had 21 points and
11 rebounds for Nebraska (8-5, 2-1), which had its four-game
winning streak ended.
McCray had hit two quick 3-pointers and Marcus Neal Jr. one as
Nebraska broke out to an 11-0 lead.
"I thought with our start we could play off that, but the game
got closer and they had a couple guys make some shots and get the
lead, and we couldn't overcome that," Neal said.
The Huskers also couldn't overcome themselves. As bad as Texas'
shooting was, Nebraska's was worse.
The Cornhuskers hit just 30.5 percent from the field, and they
were overly reliant on the 3-pointer, going 8-of-27 (29.6 percent)
from long range.
Nebraska also was just 9-of-20 on free throws.
Still, Texas couldn't pull away until late in the second half.
"We knew every conference game is going to be like this,"
Barnes said. "When we got down 11-0, we stayed with it. We
weathered that storm and got back into the game. After that, it was
a back-and-forth game. In the last 4 minutes we made some plays."
John Turek's putback gave Nebraska its last lead, 47-46, with
6:23 left. The Huskers went 5 minutes without another field goal.
Gibson took over at that point. He scored on a layin, two free
throws and a jumper before Kenny Taylor hit a 3 to put the
Longhorns up 55-49 with 2:37 left.
"Daniel saw he had a mismatch on the drive, and he was getting
to the basket," said P.J. Tucker, who was held to five points,
nine under his team-leading average of 14.2. "He's getting better,
and now is the time to do it."
Sydmill Harris added 11 points for the Longhorns.
Turek had 13 points and Marcus Neal Jr. added 12 for the
The teams were tied at 26 at halftime thanks to McCray's 5-of-6
shooting from 3-point range. McCray was 0-for-6 on 3s in the
"We felt we had to find him in the second half," Barnes said.
"You hope over 40 minutes a person isn't going to shoot the ball
like he did. He was on fire. We had to give him some extra
After missing its first eight shots, Texas warmed up with easy
inside baskets by Brad Buckman and Taylor.
Harris hit two 3s during a 12-0 run that gave the Longhorns a
brief lead. Nebraska went 6½ minutes without a field goal before
Neal made a layup late in the half.
The Huskers couldn't do much inside against the Longhorns and
seemed content to have McCray and Neal throw up 3s.
Almost half of Nebraska's shots -- 27 of 59 -- were launched from
behind the arc.
"As long as the right guys are shooting the 3s, we want them to
try to knock them down," Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. "We
have to live with the on-and-off nature of perimeter shooting. We
really need production from all over the court."
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