AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Brad Buckman's return from a knee injury
was less than 2 minutes old Friday night when he crumpled to the
court with a twisted ankle.
Having missed the last two games and four overall this season,
Buckman was determined to stay on the court. He did and finished
with a season-high 20 points in No. 15 Texas' 110-38 victory over
Prairie View A&M.
"I've missed 20 days and have only been practicing the last
three days," Buckman said. "I wasn't going down, I had to play
through and get back into the game."
P.J. Tucker and LaMarcus Aldridge completed the frontcourt
domination for the Longhorns (10-2). Tucker had 26 points and 11
rebounds, and Aldridge recorded his 10th double-double of the
season with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. The Longhorns
outrebounded the Panthers 51-25.
Buckman was playing for the first time since twisting his right
knee in a blowout loss to No. 1 Duke nearly three weeks ago.
"I didn't really have the game wind I need, but I was fairly
pleased overall with my game," Buckman said. "I was a step slow a
couple of times, but I really needed to get playing time before the
Memphis game next week."
The Longhorns visit No. 4 Memphis on Monday.
Phillip Scott had 10 points for Prairie View (3-7), which shot
27 percent and had 31 turnovers leading to 36 Texas points.
The 72-point margin was the most for the Longhorns since a
148-71 victory over Northern Montana in 1978.
"Texas is the most athletic team I have seen since I played,"
said first-year Prairie View coach Darrell Hawkins, who went to the
Final Four as a player at Arkansas in 1990.
Texas used a 21-3 run late in the first half to take a 35-10
lead on the way to a 49-16 halftime advantage. The Longhorns shot
57 percent in the first half and 55 percent for the game.
"With Buckman back and LaMarcus and P.J., we feel we have a
strong inside game that is a strength of our team," Texas coach
Rick Barnes said. "We get good perimeter play, but you need to be
able to go inside."
The Longhorns forced 20 first-half turnovers, the most in more
than 10 years. Freshman A.J. Abrams had three steals in 16 minutes
in the first half and finished with nine points and four steals.