AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Chris Ogden hit a 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining as eighth-ranked Texas overcame a first-half scoring drought of more than eight minutes and edged upset-minded Princeton, 57-54.
Ogden sank his only field goal attempt of the day to give Texas (7-2) the lead for good. T.J. Ford added four free throws in the final 21 seconds to seal the win.
The Longhorns overcame a horrific first half to post their second straight win. They went scoreless for 8:18 against Princeton's zone defense and shot just 23 percent from the field (6-of-26) en route to a 21-18 halftime deficit.
"I thought we played really well on the offensive end," Princeton guard Ed Persia said. "I thought we slowed them down as well as we could. They killed us on the boards in the second half."
Brandon Mouton scored 21 points for the Longhorns, who held a 39-22 rebounding advantage to overcome a 35 percent shooting effort (17-of-48). They did go 18-of-22 from the free-throw line, compared to 5-of-8 by Princeton.
Kyle Wente scored 14 points and Spencer Gloger added 11 for the Tigers (3-5), who suffered their third straight loss.
Princeton forced the 11th tie of the game, 48-48, on a pair of free throws by Judson Wallace with 4:24 remaining, but Ogden answered with a 3-pointer to put Texas ahead for good.
The Longhorns missed their last two field goal attempts but converted a pair of offensive rebounds into key free throws by James Thomas and Royal Ivey, the last of which made it 53-50 with 1:51 to play.
Wente converted a back-door layup to get the Tigers within 53-52 with 30 seconds left but could not complete the three-point play.
Ford then sank four free throws around a basket by Princeton's Ray Robins. Persia, who beat Monmouth earlier this season with an 85-foot shot at the buzzer, missed a desperation 3-pointer as time ran out.
Persia's 3-pointer 2:39 into the game gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead. The Longhorns went more than eight minutes without a point before Brad Buckman's free throws with 9:38 left in the half got them within 8-4.
Texas was 0-for-9 from the field with five turnovers during its drought. Ford, the team's star point guard who totaled 10 points and seven rebounds, had three misses during the stretch.
The Tigers weren't much better. They ended their own 7:02 drought on Wallace's jumper with 9:41 left in the half and totaled only two points in 9:47 before Will Venable's 3-pointer gave them an 11-9 lead with 7:28 to play.
During its extended drought, Princeton went 1-of-8 from the field with four turnovers.
The teams combined for two points in a 7:43 span of the first half.