AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Brandon Mouton scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half as eighth-ranked Texas grabbed an early lead and held on for a 58-50 triumph over Louisiana Tech.
Mouton made a trio of 3-pointers and all five of his free-throw attempts for Texas (8-2), which has won three straight since dropping back-to-back games. The victory also was the 300th for Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.
"Compared to some other guys in the league, I am just getting started," said Barnes, who also has coached at Clemson and Providence. "I have been very fortunate to work in some good places with some great players."
Texas won despite a poor effort from star guard T.J. Ford, who was just 2-of-9 from the field and committed four turnovers.
"T.J. needs to shoot the ball, start taking better shots," Barnes said. "He is waiting until the shot clock gets down low, then he is trying to get aggressive. He needs to stay aggressive throughout the possession. If he does not look to shoot the ball, we are basically playing four against five."
"I think that we are just confused as individuals," Ford said. "We need to work out the kinks and find a way to get through it."
Mouton has 52 points on 17-of-34 shooting in his last three games.
Darrian Brown led Louisiana Tech (3-4) with 13 points, but the Bulldogs made just 4-of-21 3-point attempts and committed 18 turnovers.
"That is our third top-20 team that we have played," Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard said. "The danger and the concern coming into this game was that we were getting beat down so much, playing that caliber of competition at their home place. But the thing we accomplished tonight was that we came out of here with our heads held high."
The Longhorns opened the contest with an 11-0 run, but Louisiana Tech (3-4) did not fold and was within 18-13 with 11 minutes to go in the half.
A layup by freshman Brad Buckman with 4:23 to play put Texas ahead 29-21, but Brown hit a 3-pointer just over a minute later to ignite an 8-0 run that tied it.
Mouton made two free throws with 90 seconds left, Brian Boddicker drained a 3-pointer and the Longhorns never were headed.
"We need to gel with each other as a team," Mouton said. "I think that with the early lead we may have laxed off a little bit. We have to stay focused."
The Bulldogs held a 21-12 rebounding edge at halftime but shot just 37 percent (10-of-27) and were down, 34-29.
Texas' Royal Ivey had a jumper and Mouton a dunk as the Longhorns opened a nine-point lead 2 1/2 minutes into the second half. The lead grew to 12 with three minutes to go and Texas cruised down the stretch.