(7) Texas 66

(18-3, 6-1 Big 12)

Missouri 53

(10-9, 3-5 Big 12)

9:00 PM ET, February 1, 2006

Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri

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#7TEX 28 3866
MIZZ 20 3353

Top Performers

Texas: P. Tucker 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Missouri: J. McKinney 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Tucker's double-double powers No. 8 Texas past Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- P.J. Tucker's big second half helped Texas (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) overcome off-games from its other top scorers.

Tucker scored 18 of his 20 points after the break and added 11 rebounds in a 66-53 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night. Many of the points came after the 6-5 Tucker moved from the perimeter to inside.

"In the second half Tucker took over the game," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "They went small with him and he was awfully tough for us to handle on the block."

Kenton Paulino added 14 points for the Longhorns (18-3, 6-1 Big 12), who shrugged off a 10-point loss at Oklahoma (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) on Saturday and have won 10 of 11. The Longhorns led by eight at halftime despite 33-percent shooting.

"We weren't playing like we usually play," Tucker said. "So we needed a spark. I tried to take it into my hands to try to get the guys going, try to make it happen."

Texas led by as many as 21 points in the second half, even though leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Brad Buckman never got rolling. Aldridge played 16 minutes due to foul problems and had five points and three rebounds, Gibson had eight points and Buckman four while missing all six shots.

All three are averaging in double figures, and Aldridge was at 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.

"People didn't get to see how good he is," Barnes said. "He's going to have to learn when we gets a couple of fouls how to play."

Missouri made it somewhat respectable at the finish with 11 straight points. Texas scored only three points in the final 4:12.

Snyder had no problem with the effort. He said the talent gap is what beat Missouri.

"If we play them 10 times, I don't know exactly what number it is, but they win a lot of them," he said.

Missouri (10-9, 3-5) has lost four in a row, all by double digits and two of them at home. Jimmy McKinney had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Young had 13 points and Thomas Gardner added 15 on an off-night.

"I really think we're playing good defense and we're playing good basketball," McKinney said. "But we just ain't having the vibe we had against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State."

Gardner, the Big 12's leading scorer with a 21-point average, missed 10 of his first 11 shots and finished 5-for-16. He has struggled against the two highest-ranked teams Missouri has faced, getting only six against Illinois in December.

Gibson began the game on Gardner and before it was over several other players took turns.

"In a big game you always want to perform well, and I think I was just a little over-anxious in the first half," Gardner said. "I think that was evident in my shots going long or short, kind of wanting to get that first shot so bad to go in."

Tucker was 1-for-4 from the field in the first half and 9-for-11 the rest of the way. The double-double was his first in seven games since the Big 12 opener.

Texas ran its winning streak to eight in a row over Missouri, seven of them against Snyder. The Longhorns are the only Big 12 team that Snyder hasn't beaten.

Missouri was held to 38-percent shooting and fell to 3-1 against ranked teams at the year-old Mizzou Arena. Texas has held 10 of its last 11 opponents below 40 percent, four of them below 30 percent.

Texas missed 10 of its first 13 shots and had only nine points after the first 11 minutes, but trailed by only four. A pair of 3-pointers by Paulino in a span of 35 seconds late in the half helped give the Longhorns, who led 28-20 at halftime, some breathing room.

Gardner missed his first eight shots before hitting a 3-pointer with 1:04 to go in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 66 53
FG Made-Attempted 27-57 (.474) 19-50 (.380)
3P Made-Attempted 7-21 (.333) 7-22 (.318)
FT Made-Attempted 5-7 (.714) 8-13 (.615)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 21 5

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