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Texas stretches home win streak to 19

Posted: Thursday December 4, 2003 10:58PM; Updated: Thursday December 4, 2003 11:45PM
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The 100-point mark is becoming a habit for the Texas Longhorns. The early season scoring bursts will be even more impressive if they can keep it up.

Brandon Mouton scored 20 points to lead six Longhorns in double figures as No. 8 Texas routed Wofford 103-72 Thursday night. It was the second time Texas (4-0) topped 100 points this season.

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"That pace is what we want to play," Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said. "We got into attack mode."

Kenny Taylor scored 13 points, Brad Buckman and Royal Ivey each had 11 and Sydmill Harris and Brian Boddicker each scored 10 for the Longhorns, who have won 19 straight at home.

Wofford, the second-smallest Division I school with only 1,100 students, was the latest small fry to play the role of punching bag on Texas' homecourt. The Longhorns beat the smallest Division I school, Centenary (850 students), 94-59 last week.

The level of competition is about make a huge jump.

Texas next faces a tough two-week stretch with games against No. 7 Arizona and No. 6 Duke. The Longhorns play Arizona in New York on Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic.

"The intensity level is going to be very high," Mouton said. "Both teams are going to go after each other."

Texas kept up the gaudy offensive numbers of this season in large part by scoring 32 points off 28 turnovers, many caused by the Longhorns' first extensive use this season of full court pressure. Mouton had seven steals.

"We need to make people feel our pressure in the backcourt," Barnes said.

Mouton scored 15 points in the first half. The Longhorns led 26-17 when Boddicker's 3-pointer started a 15-3 run that broke the game open.

Edgar Moreno scored six straight points on fastbreak layups off turnovers as the Longhorns built a 41-20 lead. The Terriers committed five straight turnovers in the stretch.

Texas shot 52 percent for the game and outrebounded Wofford 47-35.

"They're so explosive," Wofford coach Mike Young said. "They just wear you down. They keep pounding on you."

Adrien Borders led Wofford (2-3) with 20 points.

Texas started this season needing to solidify the point guard position after T.J. Ford's early departure to the NBA. Ivey has started every game and finished with four turnovers and just two assists against Wofford. Moreno led the Longhorns with six assists.

Mouton, who has assumed the role of team leader, said he's been pleased with Longhorns' effort in the first four games.

"Every game we've played has been solid," he said. "I think the style might be a little different because T.J. isn't here ... but we still thrive on getting after people."

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