WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- James Thomas was too much to handle inside for George Washington.
Thomas scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead second-ranked Texas to a 100-92 victory over George Washington in the BB&T Classic at the MCI Center.
The 6-8, 235-pound muscular power forward scored 20 of his points in the second half when Texas outscored the Colonials, 57-47.
"The kid comes out and he looks like one of those WWF wrestlers," George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said of Thomas. "He's a terrific basketball player and he really understands that his job is to rebound, set screens, post up and dunk the basketball. And that's what he did."
Texas (5-0) improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1981-82 squad won its first 14 games. The Longhorns will play Notre Dame on Sunday in the tournament championship game.
George Washington (3-2), which lost to national power Connecticut, 67-55 on November 25, provided quite a challenge to Texas, which had won its first four games by an average margin of 20 points.
The Colonials led by as many as eight points in the first half, before Texas took control in the second half as Thomas powered inside for a number of easy baskets, converting all eight of his shots before fouling out with 15 seconds left.
Sophomore point guard T.J. Ford had 16 points, but was just 5-of-15 from the field, and Brandon Mouton added 15 for Texas.
Chris Monroe and sophomore point guard T.J. Thompson had season-highs with 26 and 24 points, respectively, for the Colonials, who shot 51 percent from the floor and converted 32-of-41 free throw attempts.
"Defensively, we weren't very good," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "You can't be a great defensive team if you're going to give up more than one shot, or if you're going to get beat off the dribble or foul as much as we fouled today. We're going to be a great defensive team, but we're a long way from it now."
George Washington held its biggest lead at 36-28 after Thompson scored six points to highlight a 10-2 run.
But Ford and Royal Ivey each had four points to spark a 13-5 spurt which tied the game at 43-43. Monroe converted a pair of free throws with three seconds left to give George Washington a 45-43 halftime advantage.
Thomas began to assert himself inside to start the second half, scoring six points to spark a 16-7 run that gave Texas a 59-52 lead.
"In the second half, we went out and executed," Thomas said. "We weren't playing our game in the first half."
George Washington pulled within two on two occasions and for the final time at 74-72 after Monroe converted three free throws with 5:21 left.
But Ford converted a layup, Brian Boddicker had a tip-in and Thomas dunked and hit a free throw for a three-point play to open the lead to 81-73 with 3:53 remaining.
Thomas had two more dunks, a layup and four free throws in the final 2:28 to seal the win.
"We wore them down in the end," Barnes said. "After 40 minutes, they were getting a little tired there and we pounded the ball inside."
George Washington and Maryland have co-hosted this tournament since 1995. The Colonials previously won this event in 1997 and 1999.