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Texas beats Prairie View by 72 in Buckman's return

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.

Daniel Gibson led the Longhorns with five steals and scored 14
points, while Kenton Paulino added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting
from 3-point range.