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Updated: Sunday, January 12, 2003 12:23 AM EST
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(7) Texas 70, Iowa St 50
IOWA ST. CYCLONES
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AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Jake Sullivan made Texas nervous for a while, but the Longhorns made sure they would emerge victorious in their Big 12 Conference opener.

T.J. Ford and Brian Boddicker led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points apiece as No. 7 Texas went on a late run to defeat Iowa State, 70-50, and earn coach Rick Barnes his 100th victory as the team's coach.

Sullivan, who scored 23 points, rallied the Cyclones from a 13-point halftime deficit, pulling them within 48-44 on a 3-pointer with 10:19 remaining. But Ford countered with a jumper and Sydmill Harris a 3-pointer to commence a 22-6 game-closing run.

Harris, Brandon Mouton, Royal Ivey and Jason Klotz added 10 points apiece for the Longhorns (10-2, 1-0 Big 12), who improved to 7-0 at the Frank Erwin Center this season.

"It helps that when someone comes out of the game that there are other guys coming in and stepping up," Ford said. "It doesn't matter where the points come from as long as they come from somewhere. When you have six difference players in double digits, that's really impressive."

"I believe that we need to have balance to be successful and today we had it," said Barnes, whose team also outrebounded the Cyclones, 39-32. "We concentrated on the battle of the boards because we know Iowa State prides themselves in that."

Texas, which never trailed, took the lead for good at 4-2 on a layup by Mouton 4:07 into the contest. The Longhorns extended their advantage to 23-7 on a 3-pointer by Harris with 7:44 left in the half.

"We have talked about maintaining the lead we established in the first half of the game," Barnes said. "Our defense was real good tonight because we were able to keep the defensive pressure on them. Once we got the lead, we didn't let up."

"Their depth wore us down," Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy said. "We got it close, it just got away from us at the end."

The Cyclones (10-3, 0-2), who were routed at home by Kansas on Monday, 83-54, shot just 36 percent (20-of-56) overall and 29 percent in the first half (8-of-28). No other player besides Sullivan reached double figures.

"It was difficult for us to come out after a loss against Kansas," said Iowa State guard Tim Barnes, who had six points. "But I believe we showed that our team can compete. We just need to put it together for a full 40 minutes. Texas made the big plays and out-executed us tonight."

"(Texas) is very well-coached," Eustachy said. "They play hard man-to-man defense. They are determined, physical and very athletic. The scary thing is, most of them will be back next year."


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