AMES, Iowa (AP) -- With Daniel Gibson dominating on both ends of
the floor, Texas once again looks like a national title contender.
Kenton Paulino scored a career-high 20 points and Gibson scored
19 while helping hold Iowa State's Curtis Stinson to a season-low
seven points as Texas (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) blew out Iowa State 78-58 Monday night
to extend its winning streak to five games.
Texas (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) has won each game during this stretch
by double digits -- including a 69-58 victory at No. 5 Memphis -- and
has moved back into the Top 10 for the first time since early
Gibson, who scored 18 in the win over Memphis, scored 17 points
in the second half as Texas blew open a 34-32 game. His play on
both ends of the floor prompted Longhorns coach Rick Barnes to
declare that Gibson played his best game of the year.
"If you knew how hard he worked, you just knew it was just a
matter of time before he had a game like he had tonight," Barnes
Gibson's scoring numbers are down slightly from last season,
when he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. But Texas coach
Rick Barnes said the Longhorns have asked Gibson to play a much
larger role on defense this season, often putting him on the
opponent's best perimeter player.
Gibson took it upon himself to shut down Stinson, a preseason
first team All-Big 12 pick who has scored at will in almost every
game he's played this season.
"I don't think I've put together an offensive and a defensive
game like I did tonight," Gibson said. "Whenever there's a
challenge put in front of me, I'm ready and willing to step up and
The Longhorns broke the game open with a 14-4 run early in the
second half. Paulino hit a 3-pointer to put Texas up by nine, and
LaMarcus Aldridge converted a 3-point play to give the Longhorns a
48-36 lead with 15:00 left. Paulino finished with six 3 pointers.
"We made too many mistakes tonight not getting out to their
shooters. Texas was able to capitalize," said Iowa State coach
Wayne Morgan. "We had to pick our poison on whether to stop the
inside game or give up their shots outside."
Iowa State (11-4, 1-1) briefly got within 49-40, but Gibson made
consecutive 3-pointers to push the Longhorns' lead to 68-49 with
Texas kept the Cyclones at bay in the second half by pounding
them on the boards, outrebounding Iowa State 23-8.
Paulino took advantage of constant open looks and broke his
career high for points for the second straight game. He made five
3-pointers in the first half, and keyed a 17-6 run that put the
Longhorns ahead to stay late in the first half.
Paulino tied the game at 20 with a 3-pointer, then capped the
spurt with back-to-back threes late in the first half to give Texas
a 34-26 lead.
"He's like a silent assassin. People really don't think about
(Paulino) as being one of scorers, but he steps up and does what he
does. He knocks down shots," said P.J. Tucker.
Rahshon Clark led the Cyclones with 18 points. Will Blalock
added 17 and brought the crowd to its feet midway through the first
half by wrapping the ball behind his back with his left hand,
bouncing it in front of his body and banking it in a layup.
Texas is now 2-5 all-time at Hilton Coliseum.